Last post on Jun 02, 2012 at 6:37 AM
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#2235 of 2238 Re: Detailing [xwesx]
Jun 01, 2012 (12:57 pm)
Actually this is my way of unwinding, so I don't look on it as a chore. Different strokes for different folks.
Jun 01, 2012 (1:45 pm)
Actually clay bar is misunderstood, it will not remove imperfections. It will however remove dirt and contaminants in the paint like rail dust, and brake dust. It will also take care of over spray.
You don't have to lay into it hard either, this is another misconception, you don't rub until your arm falls off, you spray a lube like a quick detailer, and then rub the clay lightly over the paint.
If you are doing it right you can actually feel the clay grabbing the dirt particles. and you won't be worn out in the process.
You will actually like me, be amazed at how dirty the clay gets even after starting with a freshly washed car.
As a test do one side of a hood and then feel the difference by rubbing your hand over it, the clayed half it should feel much slicker than the untreated half.
#2237 of 2238 Re: Clay bar [hondafriek]
Jun 01, 2012 (4:11 pm)
I was trying to use it to remove some sort of resin-like substance from the surface of the paint. I don't know where it came from, but it was spattered on one portion of the rear quarter, just above the driver side rear wheel. I never noticed it until I washed it, then it was dull and sticky to the touch. After a few days, the stickiness was gone due to dust and whatnot adhering to it, making it look dirty. Once the rest of the car caught up (in dirtiness), you wouldn't know it was even there until the next washing.
I scrubbed until my elbow was noodly, but, whatever it is, it is impervious to cleaning attempts. The clay bar had no effect either, though it did, as you noted, make the surrounding area smooth as a baby's rear.
I actually didn't wax the car last summer due to that spot, but I really would like to get it done this year.
#2238 of 2238 Re: Clay bar [xwesx]
Jun 02, 2012 (6:37 am)
When I get crap like that, I usually wash the area with a strong solution of dawn dishwasher liquid or some other brand if that is not available, then just use a little laquer thinners on a rag. Since the clear coat is a urathane formula, laquer thinners won't harm it as long as you don't go nuts with it.
After you clean be sure to wax.