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To Clay or Not To Clay?

This is a discussion on To Clay or Not To Clay? within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; Last weekend we had a block party in my neighborhood, gas grill was on my driveway, and garage door was ...

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    Cool To Clay or Not To Clay?

    Last weekend we had a block party in my neighborhood, gas grill was on my driveway, and garage door was open. I was grilling near my garage where my car is kept, and now I have oil droplets all over my car on the paint. I was thinking of ordering some Prima Car Care products before this happened. Now question is, should I clay the car before I detail it or will the Prima Car Care stuff do the job alone? TIA

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    I dunno if it will do it alone.. but if you're planning on doing a good job.. and have never clayed it.. I'd say clay it first.. then give it a good once over with the new stuff...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Clay it


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    clay it and go from there...

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    was it good then clay it and a good wax job to finish it off

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    x5 with the clay

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    clay leave it nice and smooth and take most of the fall out out of the paint

    just make sure to wax it after you clay it

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    clay it

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    Clay it man. Its still the best way. Wax and polish it after you clay it. Please post your car after you done it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenCaren View Post
    Clay it man. Its still the best way. Polish then wax it after you clay it. Please post your car after you done it.


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    Yeah make sure to post some pics after the

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    Clay, polish, and wax!

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    def. use some clay bar on it. I clay barred my car and it made the biggest difference ever. made my car look way better.

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    X20 clay it
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    Clay it! My rear bumper gets the worst of the fall-out. I try not to clay too often as it does take a fine layer off the clearcoat over the years. Follow the instructions from any reputable clay bar and you will not be disappointed.

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    You should clay it first if you haven't already.

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    Clay it!

    I just did mine friday for the first time, I was amazed at the difference. I followed with a coat of NXT 2.0, and the paint is as smooth as glass, but slicker.

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    ive got a chip down to the metal on my hood, if i clay it will it peel off the paint. its not peeling now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02blackz View Post
    ive got a chip down to the metal on my hood, if i clay it will it peel off the paint. its not peeling now.
    I would think that would be risky. It is meant to work on clearcoated surfaces.

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