What does Car Clay Do?
What does it mean to clay a car? Claying a car is the process of removing contaminants from a car’s surface that cannot be removed by a wash alone. Many times these bonded contaminants can’t be seen, but they often can be felt. These types of contaminants can include brake dust, metal dust, industrial fallout, overspray, and road grit. You can use a clay bar car wash or a synthetic clay to do it:
TYPES OF CAR CLAY
Let's take a quick look:
What is a Clay Bar? This type of clay is made from a malleable material that is molded into a bar shape and used to remove contaminants from the surface of a vehicle.
The Car Detailing Clay Bar. It comes in different grades and can be reused by kneading and must be trashed if dropped.
Inside the Synthetic Car Clay
All types of clay can be used with a clay lubricant to help remove contaminants from the surface of the vehicle. The choice between a traditional car clay bar or synthetic clay will depend on personal preference and the specific needs of the vehicle.
5 Steps to Clay Your Ride
Prepare Your Surface
After a thorough wash, apply generous lubrication to the surface of the car and the clay product
The Correct Movement
Apply the Clay
The proper movement for Car Clay is: Lightly glide the clay back and forth (ideally along car body lines, never in circles)
Always Check the Clay Lubrication
Apply more lubrication as necessary, you shouldn’t feel tension
Work by Panel
Clay Every Panel
Knead or rinse clay after each panel, or more as needed depending on contamination level
Clean the Surface
Wipe/rinse residual lubrication
More About Claying
While claying doesn’t remove scratches or all bonded contaminants, it does help prevent paint damage from the contaminants and allow waxes and sealants to work as they should.
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Claying a Car can help improve the appearance and overall condition of a vehicle, leading to a more attractive and protected surface. It is recommended to clay a car once or twice a year, depending on the amount of contaminants present on the surface and the level of protection desired.