How to Use Auto Detailing Clay
How to Use Auto Detailing Clay
Clean With Detailing Clay!
If detailing clay is new to you, you might be thinking, “What is detailing clay and what can detailing clay do for my car?” The short answer is that auto detailing clay removes from the paint what washing cannot. For the long answer, read on!
Auto Detailing Clay Bar is an engineered resin compound used to remove
contaminants from the surface of your car’s paint, glass, fiberglass and metal.
Detailing clay can be natural or synthetic, though most manufacturers utilize synthetic
How Does Auto Detailing Clay Work?
Detailing clay glides along the surface of your paint and grabs anything that protrudes from the surface. The particle sticks to the clay and is therefore removed from your vehicle. The surface being clayed should always be wet with clay lubricant to prevent loose debris from scratching the vehicle.
Used properly, detailing clay is completely safe and nonabrasive.Its a much better option than polishing to remove these contaminants because clay doesn’t remove any paint.
There are two different grades of clay currently available to the public. One is a medium grade detailing clay designed to clean the vehicle once or twice a year. This grade of clay removes wax along with anything else on the vehicle. We’re talking CLEAN. Examples are Wolfgang Elastic Poly Clay, , and McKee's 37 Universal Detailing Clay.
Your other option is a fine grade that’s
relatively new to the industry. It’s called Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay and it’s a favorite of enthusiasts who
prefer to clay as often as needed to keep that slick finish. This detailing clay
removes everything the medium clay removes and it is gentle enough to use
monthly or as needed for spot cleaning. If you’re someone who’s meticulous about
clean, shiny paint (and who isn’t?!) you’ll love Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay.
What Does Detailing Clay Remove?
Your vehicle is under constant assault from airborne pollutants. Brake dust,
industrial fallout, acid rain deposits and rail dust all can adhere to your
vehicle. These contaminants often contain metal particulates, which accounts for
the ease with which they penetrate the clear coat to attack the paint below.
These contaminants then oxidize, and they allow rust to spread beneath the clear
coat. Tiny orange spots today, total paint system failure tomorrow! Detailing
clay removes these contaminants in order to keep the paint healthy and vibrant.
Do You Need To Clay?
Chances are, the answer is yes. The surface of your vehicle faces assaults from the environment every time it’s out in the weather. Each road trip brings new insults from roadway debris, exhaust films, and airborne pollution. They will splash, mar, and embed themselves in that beautiful paint job you’ve labored over. Vehicles can accumulate these contaminants any time, any place – even at the dealership.
Waxes and paint sealants will adhere better to clean paint and the shine will be more uniform and vibrant. Sounds like a win-win situation!
To Use Clay:
Clay is available in 2 to 8 oz. bars. Two ounces is enough to do three or four vehicles. On average, a vehicle will need to be clayed twice a year. At this rate, one 2 oz. clay bar will last you 18 months to 2 years if used on the same vehicle. If you buy clay in an 4 oz. bar, like McKee's 37 Universal Detailing Clay or BLACKFIRE Poly Clay, cut it in half and keep the unused portions moistened with lubricant in the storage case.
Follow these steps:
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Then use a pre-wax cleaner, like Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion, to fill in minor swirls and scratches prior to waxing. If your paint is in good condition, proceed to waxing.