When should you clay bar a new car?

Can I clay bar a brand new car?

We strongly reccomend using Clay Bars as the start of many detailing jobs, (even for brand new cars) as they make our Paint Cleanse & Restore preparation product work better and easier and most importantly helps any carnauba wax or paint sealant look better and last longer.

When should I clay bar my car?

We recommend decontaminating your car with a clay bar every time you wax, which should be at least twice a year. After your car is washed and dried, clay bar the entire car before moving on to any paint correction and wax application.

Is Claying your car worth it?

Over time, these particles could permanently damage your paint. These particles also prevent wax and polish from working properly, which means you don’t get as clear a shine. If you want to protect your paint job in the future and have your car looks its best, clay bar detailing is absolutely worth it.

Can you clay bar a new paint job?

What is the process of clay after new paint? Clay and wax can be applied to brand-new cars as soon as they are purchased from a dealership. Claying the paint is a good option if you just painted your car, and I would use M07 Show Car Glaze until the curing period has passed.

When should I clay bar my car?

We recommend decontaminating your car with a clay bar every time you wax, which should be at least twice a year. After your car is washed and dried, clay bar the entire car before moving on to any paint correction and wax application.

Do I need to clay bar new car before wax?

When Should You Use The Clay Bar? The detailer’s rule of thumb is to always decontaminate the surface with a clay bar before putting on a new coat of wax, or polishing any exterior paintwork. Those foreign particles block wax from sticking to the paint, making it last for a shorter time and not shine as bright.

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What can I use instead of a clay bar?

What Are Alternatives To Using a Clay Bar?

  • Clay Mitts. Clay mitts provide the same services as a clay bar, but they are much easier to use. …
  • Using Clay Mitts. Clay bars should be replaced whenever you drop them on the ground as they can quickly absorb too many contaminants. …
  • Clay Towels. …
  • Clay Pads.

Should you wash car after clay bar?

When you’re finished claying your car, you may need to wash it to remove any lubricant film. If you plan to use a pre-wax cleaner polish, it will remove clay residue so there’s no need to wash. Last but not least, after using clay, seal your freshly cleaned paint with your choice of wax or sealant.

Do you dry your car before Clay Bar?

Clay Bar Prep (Return to Top)

Before using a clay bar, your car should be washed and dried to remove a majority of contamination on your vehicle. The more contaminated the paint is the more likely imperfections can be added during the clay bar process.

Can you clay bar a car in the sun?

Claying is sunlight isn’t a problem. Just rinse more frequently. Better to remove contaminants before polishing. This is where an ez-up can help.

Should I polish my car after Claying?

You don’t have to polish afterwards but clay bars will mar the surface. You may not see or notice it but it is there. Depending on how fine a grade the clay is, you may have to do an intensive polish or just a one-step wax.

Do you clay bar the whole car?

Nope! You don’t need to at all. You can do a chemical decontamination with an iron remover but do not clay your car just to put a wax on it.

Is clay bar better than wax?

Conclusion. In conclusion, these two products both are important to use on your vehicle, but simply put a cleaner wax is a protectant with the ability to clean some substances off your car, while the purpose of clay is to remove contaminants.

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Does clay Bar damage paint?

Clay bars are abrasive so have the potential to damage paint by causing clear coat scratches, marring and swirls. You can minimise the risk by using a soft clay, plenty of lubrication and keep inspecting the clay for contaminants that may cause scratches. This also applies to clay mitts and blocks.

What does a clay bar do?

A clay bar is either a natural or synthetic engineered resin compound designed to remove or ‘lift’ contamination from your vehicles surface to provide a contamination free, smooth surface to apply protection to. Contamination such as: industrial fallout, rail dust, honey due, tree sap and bitumen tar.

When should I clay bar my car?

We recommend decontaminating your car with a clay bar every time you wax, which should be at least twice a year. After your car is washed and dried, clay bar the entire car before moving on to any paint correction and wax application.

How many times can you reuse a clay bar?

You can, therefore, clay bar it at least 2 to 3 times a year. But say you drive your car daily, maybe to work, or do groceries, then you can clay bar it as often as possible. Even if you do it at least thrice every six months, there’s no problem.

How often can you clay bar a car?

Once you’ve clay barred and protected your paintwork, you should only need to do it twice a year – once before winter and once after. Obviously, you’re welcome to do it more often. This is simply the minimum required.

Will a clay bar scratch my car?

A clay bar does NOT remove any scratches from the surface of the paint because it contains no abrasives. A clay bar is useful for when a car’s paint feels rough and is no longer smooth to the touch as it can help restore that nice smooth feeling you once knew and loved.

Does Claying remove wax?

Removing your car’s wax, sealant or coating prior to claying will help the clay bar fully remove the contaminants without being impaired by the paint protection layer. However, in most cases the clay will be capable of removing both the wax/ sealant/ coating, as well as the contaminants.

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How often should you clay bar your car’s paint?

Several times a year is enough for most vehicles. You can inspect your car every so often to see how the surface feels, and clay bar it as required. If you’ve applied a paint sealant, schedule a claying for when the sealant wears out. Based on the brand this will be anywhere from a few months to one year.

How do I know if my car needs a clay bar?

If your car hasn’t had a clay bar treatment in a few years and it sits outside, it’s probably time to do it. The best way to check is to run your hand across the paint after you’ve washed it. Does it feel rough and textured? Can you hear the sound of your hand moving across the paint? Those are both tell-tale signs that your paint is contaminated.

Do you use clay bar before or after polishing?

They can leave light hazing on soft plastic. I typically use clay before polishing any surface be it paint, plastic, or glass that way my polishing pad has less work to do and subsequently lasts longer. When should I clay bar my car? Any time you feel your paint after properly washing and drying it and it feels gritty you should clay bar.

Do you need to Clay a new car?

If it feels smooth as glass than you shouldn’t need to clay, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt. In all honestly, claying a new car shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes, and it requires very little effort. It is my professional opinion that every new car should at least be washed, clayed, and protected as soon as you take delivery.