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Old 09-04-2012, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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When I detailed cars for my cousins dealership I always used a purple clay bar
At home I use the mothers kit
Can't tell any difference between the two

I also just use regular water rather then a spray detailer, wash the vehicle after with a wax based car wash and finish with a fresh coat of wax


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I like the video!!!! Please remember that there is a possibility that you may leave some small scratches when you clay bar. Check for scratches after you clay bar and if there are any, you must polish them out before your seal or wax your truck. Polishing is a seperate step before you seal or wax your truck. Sealant and or wax will not correct(remove) the scratches.
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I clay barred my truck today and I gotta say I have never felt it so smooth. Will be going in for a wax in a few minutes.


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Make sure to spend a little extra time on the rear end of the vehicle. As a vehicle goes down the road it kicks up dirt and dust and it sticks to the back (think about everytime you have gone down a dirt road and see how much more dirt and dust is on the back of the truck than the rest of the vehicle). Sure the front as more bugs and what not but everytime I've clayed a vehicle the back end (truck lid and bumper) was the place I picked up the most dirt on the bar. You can clay your windows and chrome bumpers and really make them pop when you throw a coat of wax on after. A Claybar is really good for overspray as well.
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Yeah I noticed that too. Do you recommend polishing and waxing right after or is it okay to wait a few hours. Right now its like 9pm and there is no light outside so I cant really see to wax the truck.
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You can probably get away with just claying seeing that your truck is 2012. If you have any swirl marks or small scratches then go ahead and polish. I usually do 2 stages of polish, 1 with some mild grit and then a cream polish. Make sure and use a orbital buffer. They won't leave any swirls. I use a 15lb orbital and everything comes out perfect everytime. Polishing by hand is gonna be a bitch so just prepare yourself if thats how you have to do it. Like I said though, if everything looks good and the surface was just dirty but no swirl marks or scratches, clay and then wax.
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You can probably get away with just claying seeing that your truck is 2012. If you have any swirl marks or small scratches then go ahead and polish. I usually do 2 stages of polish, 1 with some mild grit and then a cream polish. Make sure and use a orbital buffer. They won't leave any swirls. I use a 15lb orbital and everything comes out perfect everytime. Polishing by hand is gonna be a bitch so just prepare yourself if thats how you have to do it. Like I said though, if everything looks good and the surface was just dirty but no swirl marks or scratches, clay and then wax.
Yeah. I just polished the drivers quarter panel by hand. lol. As soon as the auto part store opens up I am going to get a buffer.


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Originally Posted by MK12RAM View Post
You can probably get away with just claying seeing that your truck is 2012. If you have any swirl marks or small scratches then go ahead and polish. I usually do 2 stages of polish, 1 with some mild grit and then a cream polish. Make sure and use a orbital buffer. They won't leave any swirls. I use a 15lb orbital and everything comes out perfect everytime. Polishing by hand is gonna be a bitch so just prepare yourself if thats how you have to do it. Like I said though, if everything looks good and the surface was just dirty but no swirl marks or scratches, clay and then wax.
Here's how she turned out. Ended up doing it all by hand.

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Yeah. I just polished the drivers quarter panel by hand. lol. As soon as the auto part store opens up I am going to get a buffer.
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Here's how she turned out. Ended up doing it all by hand.

Looks good! Good choice on color! Just wait til you get it in the sun, it should look something like this...



Make sure you wax the door jams and the cross hair part of the grill. Water and dirt gets into the door jams and you want to make sure that you can clean them easily. Clay and Wax the headlights (this will help prevent them from hazing over), taillights, and even the side view mirrors (the mirror itself, not the black plastic). Hell, even wax the wheels. Anything with wax on it will bead water and will clean easier.

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