What is Claying? Should I do it? What are the steps?

Your vehicle is under constant assault from airborne pollutants. Brake dust, industrial fallout, acid rain deposits and rail dust all can adhere to your vehicle. These contaminants often contain metal particulates, which accounts for the ease with which they penetrate the clear coat to attack the paint below. Detailing clay glides along the surface of your paint and grabs anything that stuck on the clear coat surface.

The good news is, yes, Claying can be done at home. Used properly, detailing clay is completely safe and will not scratch the clear coat. Its a much better option than polishing to remove these contaminants because clay doesn’t remove any paint. To clay your vehicle, follow these steps;

  1. Wash and dry your vehicle.
  2. Spray small area with clay lubricant.
  3. Gently rub the clay bar on the lubricated area.
  4. Wipe the area with microfiber clothes and use the clay lubricant to remove any clay residue. (The paint should feel as smooth as glass)
  5. Repeat the process if the paint does not feel smooth
  6. After claying, always follow with wax or sealant, as claying may remove them.

Here’s a video from leading professional detail supplier to better illustrate the steps.

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