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#1 OFFLINE   djminfll

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:30 AM

I just bought the Meguiar's Clay Kit. If I ever get a day off with nice weather, I'm going to do the clay treatment. I'm not going to worry about the vehicle Protection package that I had done to the car when I first bought it. If it was working as well as the clay, wouldn't the finish feel smooth as glass after it was washed? It doesn't, so I'm gonna use the clay!

 

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#2 OFFLINE   JSKershaw

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:51 AM

I just did this yesterday along with a wax treatment afterwards.  The Ruby Red colour pops!


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:43 AM

I got to wash the car yesterday, but there were dark rainclouds overhead, so I didn't get to clay it yesterday. Hopefully, there will be no rainclouds overhead tonight after work and I will have time to do a quick wash and then clay. I have been looking forward to this for awhile!


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:52 PM

I finally got to clay the car - I'm astounded at how great the car looks! Now I'm super glad I got it in Tuxedo Black, it is such a rich color. This picture was not even taken in full sunlight, it looks even better in sunlight. 

After watching some of the youtube videos on claying the car, I was surprised that not too much grime came off on the clay - it remained relatively clean. But I did detail the car 2 weeks ago, and that probably helped. 

 

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:03 PM

Looks great!  I did mine last week and there was also very little gunk removed... just a tiny bit.  However a few months ago I did a car that was 3 years old and never had it done, now THAT had some gunk on it, I should have taken a pic.

 

For less than 10 bucks per usage, looks like a good way to keep things from building up, that doesn't cost a lot -- and when there's not a lot of buildup, it was pretty quick to do it.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:17 PM

I finally got to clay the car - I'm astounded at how great the car looks! Now I'm super glad I got it in Tuxedo Black, it is such a rich color. This picture was not even taken in full sunlight, it looks even better in sunlight. 
After watching some of the youtube videos on claying the car, I was surprised that not too much grime came off on the clay - it remained relatively clean. But I did detail the car 2 weeks ago, and that probably helped. 


Nice job another mirror like FFH finish. The right detailing finish just brings these even more to life.
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#7 OFFLINE   djminfll

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:23 PM

And I didn't even get to wax the car - I'm going to get to that some time this week. I bought the Meguiar's Carnauba wax, and will do it this week for sure. 


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:51 PM

Don't wait too long to put protection back on. I made this mistake with my wife's Explorer hood. I clayed it but did have the time to put the polish on top before going on our road trip and it showed, not good.
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:00 PM

Don't wait too long to put protection back on. I made this mistake with my wife's Explorer hood. I clayed it but did have the time to put the polish on top before going on our road trip and it showed, not good.

If I want to do it in the next couple of days, would I just wash it first and then wax it? Or do I have to clay it again and then wax?


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:14 PM

If I want to do it in the next couple of days, would I just wash it first and then wax it? Or do I have to clay it again and then wax?


I would definitely do at least a quick wash but I don't think re claying is necessary.
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:30 PM

Come up to Tampa Bay and do mine next! BlackWing is a hot mess after my roundtrip to Mobile, AL this weekend. I am going to give her a bath tomorrow but I am nervous about the clay bar and waxing. I have never done that before, I barely even washed peanut (Hyundai Accent).


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:34 PM

I would definitely do at least a quick wash but I don't think re claying is necessary.

 

That's what I figured, but I wanted to concur :)


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:38 PM

Come up to Tampa Bay and do mine next! BlackWing is a hot mess after my roundtrip to Mobile, AL this weekend. I am going to give her a bath tomorrow but I am nervous about the clay bar and waxing. I have never done that before, I barely even washed peanut (Hyundai Accent).

If I could do it, you can do it! Honestly, it only took about an hour, and is less strenuous than washing or waxing. I literally just followed the instructions on the box. Plus, there are a bunch of videos on youtube that show how it's done. 

If you get the Meguiar's clay kit, it comes with 2 clay bars (I only used 1/2 of one), the detailer spray, and a microfiber towel. 


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 08:00 PM

I've had my car for almost 6 months and now that the weather is nice I finally used the clay for the first time on this car.  I wash my cars pretty often and had just washed well before using the clay, but even with washing regularly the gunk still collects on the surface.  This is not much gunk but more than I thought there would be given how often I wash it and park indoors. So now it's time to do her car again, which I did last summer.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 08:49 PM

I've had my car for almost 6 months and now that the weather is nice I finally used the clay for the first time on this car.  I wash my cars pretty often and had just washed well before using the clay, but even with washing regularly the gunk still collects on the surface.  This is not much gunk but more than I thought there would be given how often I wash it and park indoors. So now it's time to do her car again, which I did last summer.

I need to do our FFH again as well. I clayed it in mid-December. The last couple times I've washed the car I've been able to see specks of dirt/road tar/etc that I can't get off with my wash mitt. Sometime between now & winter I will clay it again and do more coats of Zaino.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:52 AM

Meguiar clayed the Ruby in April. Paint felt like silk.

Use a lot of the Detail spray.

Gorgeous results.

Really gets the bug stains and water droplets off.



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 09:02 AM

Using a clay bar is a lot of work, but, the results make it so worthwhile. I use that and then finish off with Zaino and soon I'll try and do that for the FFH. One key for everyone is to make sure you never wash you car in bright sunlight. Water stains are not your friends not what you want. Some waxes tell you that and it's for a good reason. Same goes for waxing - put it on in sunlight and it cakes and becomes very hard to remove.

 

I have a friend who does detailing on the side. It takes him five to six hours to do a car right. Lucky guy has a shop where he can also do it with lots of room. Most garages are not quite big enough.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 10:06 AM

I got some Chemical Guys Blacklight that I want to try on my TB cars. I saw some photos of TB with it and it makes the metallic POP.   It can be used over or under Zaino.   If I get my ambition up today I think I will go detail my MKT and see. The fusion has some scratches on it, so more work is needed to get it looking HoT.


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 09:31 AM

When I bought my car a year ago I bought the clay kit and still haven't had an opportunity to use it yet.

When I do, is it recommended to use clay on windows/trim?

 

From previous experience, wax on trim ends up causing an ugly discolorization.  I wouldn't think clay would do the same, but I'm new to it so I figured I'd ask.



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 01:03 PM

Only on smooth surfaces, it there is texture the clay can get lodged.  You can do glass too with it, just keep it well lubed(and yourself if you feel like it). 


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