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Claying

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by Mike350, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Mike350

    Mike350 Active Member

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    Anyone used clay to give a really superb finish to their Merc? I was put on to it by a fellow SL owner. Thought it would take hours to do, but it doesn’t! Literally no sweat, as only very light pressure should be applied to the clay and lots of water. Produces really great results, wash the car 1st, then clay it, then dry and polish for a really great shine and colour restoration
     
  2. Wighty

    Wighty Senior Member

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    Welcome to the party pal (finally :D) everyone here has been doing it for years .
     
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    Not surprised Wighty, but I’ve only just discovered it!
     
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    Wighty Senior Member

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    Yep , it is pretty amazing stuff .
     
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    If your going to splash out on a good quality polish and wax it’s a must.
    It’s amazing what crud it gets off, leaving the panels ready to receive the wax.
    Personally I would have done a 2nd wash after Claying .
     
  6. Binnedit

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    Thing is, with clay, its very aggressive to your paint. You are basically dragging all the contaminants which are embedded on the paintwork, out & over the paint, until you fold the clay to a nice clean bit. It will inevitably marr the paint.

    Best to do a chemical decontamination beforehand, and try to get as much contamination off prior to claying.

    Then follow up with polish & protection :D
     
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    Clay works well....
     
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    You're starting the long downhill road of detailing, be prepared for your wallet to suffer! As sort of stated above, for a superb final result preparation is the key. First big mistake all of us have made in the past is using the traditional sponge instead of wash mitts and 2 wash buckets - sheepskin (hand wash only) for the upper bits, microfibre (machine washable at 30C) for the dirtier bits. Then Iron-X or similar to remove brake dust particles and similar, another wash, maybe a specialist tar spot remover and another wash, then clay and another wash - BTW do NOT use a blade to remove the rinse water, just a microfibre drying towel or air blower if you haven't invested in a water filter for the rinse water. Then it's time to inspect the paintwork for swirls etc and possibly/probably invest in a DA polisher, pads and paint correction fluids before you can finally polish, wax and top coat the car.

    The results can be spectacular - i returned a 1994 968 coupe I'd owned for many years and routinely washed/ AG SRP waxed from Guards Red Purple to showroom fresh Guards Red, but it took me a couple of weeks doing a little at a time. Benefit was that 4 years later (with "normal" maintenance between) it still looked that good and helped me get a good price when I sold it.
     
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    Apart from a dramatic improvement in looks. WHat shocked me was just how much easier it is to wash and polish in the future!
     
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    Detailing can get very addictive!!
    I’ve been down that road, when I had more time and cash on my hands.
    I occasionally visit “Detailing World” now and then as I enjoy the showroom part of the forum.
    There are so many different products out there to spend your hard earned on, but these days I usually stick to Autoglym or Meguiar’s both supply everything you could possibly need at a reasonable price, and are freely available.
     
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