I use the clay magic brand. It was one of the first widely available ones and is still well regarded. If you can't find Clay Magic, I'm sure Meguires or any of the other reputable company's products are fine.Nick Papgeorgio said:Good tip! I never used the stuff! What brand do you recomend? do you have to buff the section out once you worked the clay into the paint?
AlterZgo said:I use the clay magic brand. It was one of the first widely available ones and is still well regarded. If you can't find Clay Magic, I'm sure Meguires or any of the other reputable company's products are fine.
One bit of clarification. You don't really work the clay into the paint. Think of the clay bar as a chalkboard eraser. You know how it doesn't take much pressure to erase chalk from a chalk board w/ an eraser, right? The clay process takes about as much pressure. With enough lubrication, the clay will glide across your paint like a wet soap bar. There's no need to push down hard. You'll know when to stop b/c the paint will no longer feel gritty when all of the embedded particles have been removed. When you are done claying your car, there should be no clay at all left on your finish. The car should feel absolutely smooth and soft.
After claying, I would wash the car again just to get the clay lubricant residue off the car. Then, just wax it. Depending on whether you park your car outside a lot or not, you may only need to clay once every 6 mos or longer.Nick Papgeorgio said:After i use the clay, dry off the car, can i put car wax back on? - How often do you use the clay bar? is it something that shouldn't be done too often? ??