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    Clay bar and polishing

    Hey guy's in the coming day's I wan't to clay bar my wifes PT cruiser it is electric blue in colour,now after doing the initial work with the clay bay what polishes do you recomend to follow after that to give it that deep wet look.

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    Re: Clay bar and polishing

    Depending on the condition of the paint and what your ultimate goal is you can just do ultimate polish the ultimate wax or NXT 2.0. If the paint has lots if heavy swirls and defects then ultimate compound followed by ultimate polish the your wax.
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    Re: Clay bar and polishing

    Thanks Evan,just another question I was also thinking that after the ultimate wax then going over it with show car glaze and a wax to finish it off and lock it all in anyone have any thoughts on that.

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    Re: Clay bar and polishing

    are you doing this by hand?
    It has swirls and paint defects, all cars do.
    at a minimum polish it, with a DA.
    Compound if you want to get rid of the deeper paint defects.
    Id try a cleaner wax, the new White Wax is a great cleaner wax. I've had great results with it.
    and yes you can use it on any color.

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    If you are doing this all by hand I highly recommend to work on one section at a time. If you used a DA, you should be able able to complete the task in a day.

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    Re: Clay bar and polishing

    Tony, make sure you get the order of things right: wash/clean, clay, compound, polish, wax. Claying and compounding will take the longest time and need the most attention, because the claying is all by hand and the compound tends to be sticky and hard to get off. The whole job will take an entire day and night, multiple afternoons, or whatever it takes, so don't expect this to be knocked out in two hours. If you do it all by hand, you're likely to give up in the middle.

    If you want the deep wet look, then after you clay, I recommend Ultimate Compound, then Ultimate Polish, and then Gold Class Wax. That gives you a professional show car look. You then maintain the wax/finish for as long as needed over the coming months with Gold Class Quik Detailer and Quik Wax (in this case, to keep that deep wet look) until you can do this process (called a "correction") all over again.
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    Re: Clay bar and polishing

    Thankyou for all the advice guy's I appreciate it.

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    Is clay really necessary though if your using a compound with a cutting pad anyway? The compound with an aggressive pad is going to remove far deeper than what a clay will wipe off, correct? If you plan on following
    Wash
    Compound
    Polish
    Wax
    Then clay beaten wash and compound just seems like an unnecessary step?

    As a matter of fact...I've never used clay...if I've compounded a car once and I'm maintaining it regularly most cleaner/polishes seem to remove deep enough to make any well maintained surface continue to be well maintained. so, the only point of clay would be trying to save my clear coat some wear, and substituting clay for polishing step if all my car really needs is a wax anyway. Therefore simplifying the steps to:
    Wash
    Clay
    Wax?
    Again assuming the car has been maintained well.
    I'm just trying to understand WHY CLAY? Compound and most polishes will remove more than clay ever will?...my mind is now open, so beat me with some learnin' :-)

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    Re: Clay bar and polishing

    What clay does is to remove little pieces of 'stuff' that is stuck to the surface (which just washing doesn't remove). If you only compound/polish, there is a good chance of these little 'pieces' getting stuck to the pad...which in turn will scratch the surface.

    When in doubt, clay.

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    Pretty simple answer. Makes sense. Thanks!

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