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Michael Stoops
May 10th, 2010, 07:57 AM
Meguiar's Quik Tips Video Series - Claying

After viewing the video clip you can scroll down for a step by step refresher, complete with still images shot during the filming of the video.

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Please keep in mind that this video, and the others in the series, are not designed to be definitive how to guides but rather, as the name implies, Quik Tips that address the most common questions and mistakes associated with each topic.


Your car is constantly bombarded with tree sap mist, over spray, fallout and even road tar that can easily bond to your paint's surface creating a rough feel and poor reflections. Keep in mind that clear reflections & long lasting protection can only be achieved when the surface of your paint is smooth as glass.

Start by washing and drying your car thoroughly, then rub the face of your clean hand across the top surfaces. Now don't be surprised if it feels rough. Those are bonded contaminants that must be removed before you polish or wax…and our Smooth Surface Clay Kit is just the right choice to correct the problem. It's quick, easy and you don't even need to be a "pro".

To begin the claying process, remove the clay from the package and flatten it into a palm sized piece.

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Mist the supplied Quik Detailer liberally onto the surface for lubrication and begin working one section at a time with light pressure in a back and forth motion. As you work, you'll begin to feel the difference immediately.

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If the clay ever sticks to the surface then you need more lubrication, so spray a bit more Quik Detailer onto the area being clayed. You do need to keep the area well lubricated, but you do not need to use a lot of pressure on the clay itself. Just enough to pressure to keep it from falling is all that's really needed - let the clay do the work.

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The clay will remove the bonded contaminants from the paint, and you can actually feel the clay begin to glide more and more smoothly as it does. Once the paint feels smooth to the touch, move on to the next section. As you can see, the surface of the clay will become dirty and discolored from the contaminants, so fold and knead the clay often to reveal a clean portion and continue working around the entire vehicle.

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As you finish working an area, wipe it dry with the supplied Supreme Shine Microfiber towel before moving on to the next section.

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The clay will pick up large pieces of debris if dropped on the floor, and you will never be able to remove it all. You definitely do not want this foreign material to contact your paint, so just throw the clay away if you do drop it, and continue with a fresh piece.

Now that your paint is "as smooth as glass" apply your favorite Meguiar's polish and wax for maximum gloss and protection !

AMM518
May 10th, 2010, 08:33 AM
cant get the video to work... :(

Murr1525
May 10th, 2010, 08:39 AM
I cut down to a smaller piece of clay incase I drop it. Even worked over cardboard at first.

Mike Pennington
May 10th, 2010, 08:40 AM
HMMMM...

See if you can get it to play here....

Meguiar's You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/MeguiarsUSA)

tecka
May 10th, 2010, 09:00 AM
It played for me! Now to learn to not use 2 clay bars to do 1 car.

AMM518
May 10th, 2010, 09:01 AM
HMMMM...

See if you can get it to play here....

Meguiar's You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/MeguiarsUSA)


thank you! :xyxthumbs

DualActionDetail
May 10th, 2010, 11:49 AM
Did I notice that cleaner wax is included in the kit, but "your favorite wax" (nxt 2.0 shown, I think) is suggested at the end?

Andrew C.
May 10th, 2010, 12:11 PM
Cool Video!

wwcleancars, you can go ahead and apply any wax that you prefer. A sample of cleaner wax is included, so you could use that, or you could use NXT 2.0 or Gold Class Carnauba Plus, it really doesn't matter, so use what is your favorite!

DualActionDetail
May 10th, 2010, 12:17 PM
Yeah, I've never used the Smooth Surface kit before, I use the Mild (blue) with Last Touch, I was just curious as to why they may have chosen to not describe a part of the kit. I guess the video is for claying, not really for the kit.

Michael Stoops
May 10th, 2010, 12:23 PM
Did I notice that cleaner wax is included in the kit, but "your favorite wax" (nxt 2.0 shown, I think) is suggested at the end?
We include a sample of Cleaner Wax with the kit really just so that a user will have some wax to use. Imagine how a customer would feel if they got home, clayed the car and then realized they really needed to wax - only to discover they have no wax at home! We make sure that no matter what, you've got a quality wax to use right after claying. If your preference runs to something other than Cleaner Wax, then that's fine too.

CieraSL
May 10th, 2010, 01:38 PM
Does this take the place of the old video with Mike Phillips in it? I assume this is to fit in with the Quik Tips Video Series.

Michael Stoops
May 10th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Yes, Shane, this would be our "new, official" Quik Tips Video on claying. Not that much has changed in the process of claying over the years, but if we were going to produce this series this was just a very obvious topic to include.

CieraSL
May 10th, 2010, 02:51 PM
Yes, Shane, this would be our "new, official" Quik Tips Video on claying. Not that much has changed in the process of claying over the years, but if we were going to produce this series this was just a very obvious topic to include.

Gotcha. That's kinda what I figured - this video just seemed to be structured the way the new videos are, whereas the old one wasn't. Great video though - very easy to understand. :doublethumbsup2


On a side note, I doubt that a piece of clay dropped on your floor would need to be tossed - I bet that floor is clean enough to eat off of! :laughing ;)

J. A. Michaels
May 10th, 2010, 03:08 PM
Great video. I also remember the first time I clayed. I broke the claybar in two just in case I dropped it. lol

rqk
May 13th, 2010, 05:55 PM
I was surprised they said to use the entire piece of clay. I know the benefit of breaking it up (in case you drop it), but is there a down side to using a smaller piece?

Shawn T.
May 13th, 2010, 06:17 PM
Maybe taking longer than it would when using a larger piece. That's the only downside I can think of.

Michael Stoops
May 14th, 2010, 06:55 AM
I was surprised they said to use the entire piece of clay. I know the benefit of breaking it up (in case you drop it), but is there a down side to using a smaller piece?
Our original clay kit shipped with a single 100g bar of clay and we instructed buyers to tear that bar in half before use.

Our current kit ships with 2 x 50g individually wrapped bars, so we've essentially already torn it in half for you. Going much smaller than this leaves you with an awfully small bar to work with so, as with anything, there are tradeoffs. Just how small of a bar do you want to work with, and just how small of a bar is still effective and convenient to work with?

mattya802
Oct 5th, 2010, 05:54 AM
Thanks for the video. I just clayed for the first time this past weekend and ended up breaking them into MUCH smaller pieces luckily - I dropped 3 of them! Damn vertical panels!

Pretty sure the car has never been clayed before (just bought it used, 2008), so is it normal for the clay to stick in places? I used TONS of lube - Went through the whole bottle and didn't even finish the car.

Also there were little pieces that wouldn't come off with the clay, but little pieces of the clay would get caught on it. I had to use my fingernail the remove most of them and then go over again with the clay, is that okay? Should I just spend a lot more time on them with the clay?

Should I be doing smaller, 2x2 areas like polishing or can I do the whole half of the hood like in the video?

Thanks for any help guys.

jasmcauley
Sep 1st, 2012, 01:40 AM
really helpful video