One very crucial step in preparing your paint and surfaces and removing stuck on contaminants is the Clay Bar!
Clay was originally discovered and used in the Vehicle Detailing Industry by the Japanese many years ago now.
They discovered that by using a block of clay and rubbing it against a surface that they could remove bonded contaminants from the surface without scratching.
These bonded contaminants like Overspray, Fuel Fallout, Black Carbon Deposits, Bore Water Staining and other nasties that lodge themselves into your paint consistently build up over time. Even brand new cars suffer from this due to sitting on wharfs, transport yards and even overspray from the manufacturing process.
These contaminants and tiny little particles embed themselves into your paint and cannot be removed by conventional washing techniques. They hinder the ability to see true potential of your paints reflection and make it very dangerous to polish over!
For Heavier Bonded Contamination use SGCB Firm Cut Claybars
Directions for use:
- Ensure Vehicle has been washed and dried throughly reducing the risk of any dirt or sand from scratching in the clay.
- Remove Claybar from Packaging and Twist/Tear the Bar in half
- Knead the Clay in your clean hands until it is warm and plyable. Flatten out the Clay in your palm
- Start at one upper area of your vehicle and Lightly Spray a Mist of Water or Clay lube onto the surface
- With a light but deliberate downwards pressure start creating friction with the clay against the surface in a back and forth motion keeping even pressure and listening carefully for the reduction in surface noises and increased smoothness. (Read more in Claybar Blog)
- Complete the Claying Process on the upper (Clean) areas of your vehicle Panel by Panel first. After the first panel inspect the Claybar and look at the amount of buildup of contaminants in the bar. Fold the Claybar in half again and continue.
- Wipe over the Clayed surface with a Soft >330gsm Microfibre Towel and feel for any further rough spots and re-clay if necessary. (The Surface should be very smooth)
- If you can still feel bumps, see physical contaminants or rough areas after this first initial clay with a Fine Cut then it may be time to consider a Firmer-Cut Claybar for removal. (More Prominent on White Vehicles)
- Continue around the Vehicle Constantly kneading and Inspecting the Claybar. Although the Claybar will absorb particles sometimes larger debris can be exposed. Kneading and folding the Claybar will always reveal a clean new surface time after time
- Once finished Fill the supplied (or Tupperware) container with water and store your clay bar for safe keeping until next time. Clay your car every few months to keep those contaminants at bay