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    Clay question

    Gonna clean the bird today. Its been about a month or so since i cleaned it. Just a quick question, this is my process...

    Wash with dawn
    Wash with car soap
    NOW this is my question: After im done washing the car with car soap, do i have to dry it and then caly it. Or could i clay it while its still wet and wash it again? If its wet, i will have to use less detail spray but im not sure if ill get the same results??

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv1998 View Post
    Gonna clean the bird today. Its been about a month or so since i cleaned it. Just a quick question, this is my process...

    Wash with dawn
    Wash with car soap
    NOW this is my question: After im done washing the car with car soap, do i have to dry it and then caly it. Or could i clay it while its still wet and wash it again? If its wet, i will have to use less detail spray but im not sure if ill get the same results??
    i did mine when it was still wet... accept i washed only with dawn...

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    I heard that dish soaps strip the wax off. Is there any truth to this?

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    Yes you wash with Dawn if you are going to start from square one. It removes all the wax/polish....I don't get why anyone would wash with Dawn then a car soap? WTF is that about?

    I pull mine in the garage and clay it while it is wet...I use a detailer spray also as I go around the black beast.....Using a clay bar is like sex....you need lubrication or it is going to screw something up....lots of lubrication....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Using a clay bar is like sex....you need lubrication or it is going to screw something up....lots of lubrication....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv1998 View Post
    Gonna clean the bird today. Its been about a month or so since i cleaned it. Just a quick question, this is my process...

    Wash with dawn
    Wash with car soap
    NOW this is my question: After im done washing the car with car soap, do i have to dry it and then caly it. Or could i clay it while its still wet and wash it again? If its wet, i will have to use less detail spray but im not sure if ill get the same results??
    You can do it either way. Claying while wet offers no more advantage than if doing it on a dry surface
    As it has been mentioned already, use a lot of lube. If you had already used Dawn initially, you can wash off after clay with a carwash, or use IPA 50-50 wipedown like I normally do to ensure a cleaner surface free of oils and wax...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06-Goose View Post
    You can do it either way. Claying while wet offers no more advantage than if doing it on a dry surface
    As it has been mentioned already, use a lot of lube. If you had already used Dawn initially, you can wash off after clay with a carwash, or use IPA 50-50 wipedown like I normally do to ensure a cleaner surface free of oils and wax...

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    While were on the subject, is it ok to clay the wheels of ur car? Will it do anything or harm them. I have a little clay left (its almost all black with crap in it) so i was thinking of claying my wheels and glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv1998 View Post
    While were on the subject, is it ok to clay the wheels of ur car? Will it do anything or harm them. I have a little clay left (its almost all black with crap in it) so i was thinking of claying my wheels and glass.
    Claying glass is ok but IMO I wouldnt clay my wheels (which are chrome) or polished aluminum because clay can leave micromarring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LETHALxLS1 View Post
    Claying glass is ok but IMO I wouldnt clay my wheels (which are chrome) or polished aluminum because clay can leave micromarring.
    i claybared my stock 16" wheels and it did a amazing job getting rid of the brake dust ect...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    i claybared my stock 16" wheels and it did a amazing job getting rid of the brake dust ect...
    I am sure it did. It probably left micromarring as well. Look at it like this-the contamination you see in the clay before you fold it over- when you clay bar you are dragging that grit around on the surface. This is the reason detailers polish after claybar-to remove the micro marring left from the contaminants in the clay that were dragged around on the surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LETHALxLS1 View Post
    I am sure it did. It probably left micromarring as well. Look at it like this-the contamination you see in the clay before you fold it over- when you clay bar you are dragging that grit around on the surface. This is the reason detailers polish after claybar-to remove the micro marring left from the contaminants in the clay that were dragged around on the surface.
    no i believe you ..i was just stating it did a great job on mine.

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    I think im gonna start from square one.. ive got so much wax on my car it starting to leave a shiny smudge that doesnt wipe off.. but I do love the water beadage... sigh...

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