Clay Bar… What is that? If you are a car fan you probably saw a lot of people trying to sell it at the car show events. Regarding the fact that this is very powerful tool and I am excited to talk about it today.
So to let you imagine what is “Clay Bar” it is structured and it feels like a “Silly Putty” you have probably played in the childhood, but it is much stickier. To explain it in the simple way – clay bar “lifts” or “pulls” all the dirt you can’t see with “naked” eye, but can feel with hand while touching your paint. To get best results of your waxing or polishing you should start with the cleanest surface possible and believe me clay bar will do that for you! The reason we need to have clean surface it is because it will apply easier, it will work longer and overall results will be better.
Think about your finish as smooth as baby skin. Try it for yourself – let’s say your car stays in garage for 90% of the time and it is not affected by weather conditions (snow, dust, rain), wipe your hand over the paint, feels pretty good surface? Then try it with a plastic bag on your fingers. Feel all those little bumps? We don’t want that… Clay bar will do all the job for you and it will be removed. This process is not so aggressive like polishing so you should not be worried about getting your surface damaged, the worst thing can happen – you will drop clay bar on the ground and it will pick up all the dirt from the ground, take a note – don’t use that clay bar, throw it away immediately or paint will be damaged and the only way to get it fixed is by polishing. This is the reason I always recommend people to take half clay of what they get and put the rest in the plastic box that clay bar is coming with so if you drop part of it you have another one to use in worst scenario.
Let’s start claying. You will need some kind of lubricant, I heard some people are using soap, but I prefer quick detailer that can be used as a lube. Spray lube on the area you want to clay, take a peace of substance, don’t push it hard to surface, just move it up and down, left and right. If you feel paint getting dry – spray more lube on that area. After cleaning small area you can feel differences with hand. Surface we have worked on feels smooth, there is no grip, while other parts we haven’t touched yet feels rough. After you done one detail – clean that area with micro fiber towel (I don’t recommend any other type of towel as it can scratch your paint and we do not want that).
One more last advice from me – this process requires minimum five hours of work, depending how much of the surface your car has. Do not make this process monotonous, you don’t have to be done it all at one time. After one hour of working you will get bored. For example if your work involves you to sit in the front in the computer – have a break, go outside and work on your car etc.
I hope this article was useful for you and remember – every detail matters!