How to Properly Use Detailing Clay on Your Car

How to Properly Use Detailing Clay on Your Car

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Your car is one of your most prized possessions, and you want to keep it looking its best. One way to do that is by using detailing clay on your car's paint. Detailing clay can remove contaminants from your car's paint that cannot be removed by washing alone. However, using detailing clay can be intimidating for some car owners. Here are some tips on how to properly use detailing clay on your car.

1. Wash Your Car Thoroughly: Before using detailing clay on your car, it is important to wash it thoroughly. This will remove any loose dirt and debris from your car's paint, making it easier for the clay to remove any contaminants that have bonded to the paint.

2. Choose the Right Clay: There are different types of detailing clay available on the market, and it is important to choose the right one for your car. If your car has light to moderate contamination, a light cut grade clay bar will be sufficient and is the one most needed which is why it's the type we carry. If your car has heavy contamination, you will need to use a heavy-duty clay bar (although we recommend this for professionals only).

3. Use Lubrication: Detailing clay needs lubrication to work effectively. You can use a detailing spray like nextzett Perfect Shine or 3D Final Touch Detail Spray. Spray a small amount of lubrication on the area you are working on and then gently rub the clay over the paint in a back-and-forth motion. Keep the area well lubricated while working to avoid any damage to the paint.

4. Work in Small Sections: It is important to work in small sections when using detailing clay. This will allow you to focus on one area at a time and ensure that you do not miss any spots. It will also prevent the clay from drying out, which can lead to scratching.

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5. Check Your Progress: As you work, check your progress frequently. You can do this by running your hand over the paint after using the clay. If the surface feels smooth, then you have removed all the contaminants. If it still feels rough, then you need to continue working in that area.

6. Rinse and Dry: Once you have finished using the detailing clay, rinse your car thoroughly to remove any remaining lubrication. Dry your car with a clean microfiber towel to prevent water spots from forming. We also recommend claying your car before polishing it. If you choose to do that, skip the rinse and go into the polishing.

In conclusion, using detailing clay on your car's paint can help keep it looking its best. By following these tips, you can properly use detailing clay on your car without causing any damage to the paint. Just remember to work in small sections, keep the area well lubricated, and check your progress frequently. With a little patience and practice, you can achieve a smooth, flawless finish on your car's paint that will make it shine like new.

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