Originally Posted by RangerTruck
I've never used a claybar before...so I don't actually know what to do with one. Yes, this is an annoying noob question, but, anyone want to fill me in on how to go about doing this? Is it wash, wax, then claybar?
sorry if i've missed this info somewhere else..
Some info on a claybar:
A claybar is designed to remove debris from your paint that a regular hand wash cannot. There are particles of debris that get jammed into your clear coat, much like a splinter in your finger. A claybar will literally pull those particles out, much like tweezers can remove the splinter. It will also remove any protection you have on your vehicle, like wax or sealant or even a glaze.
There are different grades of claybar, from least to most aggressive. The ones commonly sold in stores are the least aggressive type and are very safe for any beginner to use. The more aggressive grades are used for removing raildust (the little orange rust looking spots on your paint), over spray, and transfer paint (if you scrape up against something and the paint of whatever you scraped gets transferred on your vehicle, the claybar will remove that).
It can be used on many different surfaces, like metal, smooth plastic/trim, and paint. I have removed numerous amounts of times, transfer paint from plastic side mirrors or molding on vehicles with a claybar. As along as the surface is smooth, you can use it.
How to use it properly:
1. Wash your vehicle thoroughly
2. Dry your vehicle
3. Rip about 1/3 of your whole claybar you got in your kit, roll it between your palms into a ball to warm it up. The smash it into a pancake.
4. Spray a 2' x 2' area of your vehicle with the quick detailing spray you got in your kit (this is important because in order for a claybar to work properly across a surface, it needs to be well lubricated).
5. With medium pressure, rub the the claybar across the sprayed area in an up/down motion, flip your "pancake" over to a clean surface and rub it in a side to side motion.
6. Take a microfiber towel and dry the area that was sprayed as you do not want a quick detailer to dry on its own on your paint.
7. Take your dirty claybar, and stretch it around, then form it into a ball between your palms again, keep doing this until you have a clean ball to make a clean pancake out of.
8. Repeat steps 4-7 over the entire vehicle
9. Step back and enjoy your work.
If you are anal about really cleaning your paint, when done with your vehicle, take a clear plastic sandwich bag, put in your hand like a glove, and run your hand across your paint gently. If it's smooth, then you removed 100% of the debris. If yoy can feel slight bumps still, you can either repeat the process all over again, or step up to a more aggressive claybar. I recommend doing this every 6 months.
It sounds complicated on writing, but it's super easy, just make sure you use a clean claybar with every area you do. If you can no longer make the claybar clean, then throw it away and rip off another 1/3 of the whole piece of clay.
Generally here's what you want to do:
-polish (if you want)
Always claybar before you polish. Always apply a sealant before a natural wax if you are layering the 2. A sealant will not bond to a natural wax very well, and will become useless within a week.
Hope this helped a bit,