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Andrew, thanks for this thread! I'm preparing to do this...and found the info informative, inspiring, educational. and, most importantly, confidence-boosting. Nothing's too good for my Ingrid! Here's to you, kid!

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Great job! Could someone post a link to the proper washing techniques thread? Or better yet, is there a start to finish thread that covers all steps to do the most complete auto detailing job? If there isn't such a thread, maybe we could link each thread that covers other topics (washing, claying, polishing, waxing, black plastic protection/bringing back to life, window washing, etc) into a central thread?

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Try autogeek.net or the chemicalguys youtube channel
Both have a ton of "how to" tips and video
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A friend of mine was a detailer for a dealership down here and used nothing but water to clay cars. The results appear to be the same as using a quick detailer. Fluid is really only used to provide lubrication.

As for clay scratching it can also do that if it picks up anything abrasive. We did my older Ford Probe and accidentally picked up some debris from a rust spot on the edge of the hood that we'd missed.


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I have to say that I have recently clay barred the 4 cars in our family. I was amazed at the results and the amount of junk that the clay removed from what appears to be a freashly washed and clean paint surface.

I would probably only do this once every couple of years as the vehicles are garaged at night.

There are a couple of good how to video clips on Youtube that might give readers who have never tried it an idea of how easy it is to do in preparation for a good polish and waxing.

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A friend of mine was a detailer for a dealership down here and used nothing but water to clay cars. The results appear to be the same as using a quick detailer. Fluid is really only used to provide lubrication.

As for clay scratching it can also do that if it picks up anything abrasive. We did my older Ford Probe and accidentally picked up some debris from a rust spot on the edge of the hood that we'd missed.
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I use the clay on my vehicles when I start to notice the microfiber cloths don't slide as easily on the waxed surface.
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I have acquired a 2008 accent gls with metallic wine red . love the color. anyway it has only been through quick clean type auto washing .no hand washing from what i can tell. it has etched in water stain spots what ever you want to call it.all i know is its sad to see such neglect . my ex bought it in 2009 .so im here to tell you what it took to get the smooth clear 1.5 ft shine on it,tried all home remedies vin/wtr,ts alcohol water,even bath room scrubbing bubbles . 1-washed w/dawn dish liquid , if it clean the valdez oil spill animals it can remove the wax on the car so i can get to the spots 2-usd DA buffer 6" from wally word 3M rubbing compound,turtle wax also ,buffed it in until the compound was almost lucent then hand removed with towel ,looked great at this point ,3-Used clay bar and spray kite Meguiars, 4-Buffed on same type past wax . any way it looks like new or better. many break 5 hours later .hope ths helps
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I have acquired a 2008 accent gls with metallic wine red . love the color. anyway it has only been through quick clean type auto washing .no hand washing from what i can tell. it has etched in water stain spots what ever you want to call it.all i know is its sad to see such neglect . my ex bought it in 2009 .so im here to tell you what it took to get the smooth clear 1.5 ft shine on it,tried all home remedies vin/wtr,ts alcohol water,even bath room scrubbing bubbles . 1-washed w/dawn dish liquid , if it clean the valdez oil spill animals it can remove the wax on the car so i can get to the spots 2-usd DA buffer 6" from wally word 3M rubbing compound,turtle wax also ,buffed it in until the compound was almost lucent then hand removed with towel ,looked great at this point ,3-Used clay bar and spray kite Meguiars, 4-Buffed on same type past wax . any way it looks like new or better. many break 5 hours later .hope ths helps
Good to know you fixed it up! It is sad to see a car that is nice but neglected.

One thing to add to your process: you want to switch steps 2 & 3 around. The steps should go: Wash, Clay, Polish/Compound, Sealant/Wax. Using a clay bar on a waxed service will immediately remove the wax. For my first hand wash of the spring (hopefully coming soon) I will wash with Dawn dish soap. The only time you want to use Dawn is when you want to strip all wax from the car. This way I am starting with a clean slate and can proceed to clay, polish, wax etc.

Kentuck was preaching the gospel when he bought a DA polisher. DA stands for Dual Action and as long as you buy an orbital polisher you do not have to worry about scratching/burning or hurting the car's surface. Orbital polishers are for amateur car detailing enthusiasts so they will not mess up your car's finish. I own a Porter Cable 7424XP series polisher and it makes the polishing/waxing process so much easier. I used to have a dead arm after waxing a car by hand but those days are gone. It is definitely a good investment and it is nice to see those fine scratches disappear after a good polish.

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This is a good article and since my 06 Sonata is badly in need of a clay job I will be referring to this often but I have to ask just what is the out of control fascination with these so-called "micro fibre" clothes? I have been working in and around cars for over 50 years and to me the micro fibre clothes are OK but absolutely nothing to raise the "woodie" factor over. They are no softer (and to me feel coarser) than what car guys and detailers have been using for years, a cotton t-shirt or a cotton terry cloth towel, or even a cotton baby diaper so why is everyone so excited about these micro fibre clothes?

I grew up in the days when if a guy wanted a paint job that would really wow his buddies he did a multi coat laquer job and wet sanded each coat. After the laquer dried it would be compounded with a fine polishing compound and then polished to a high shine and guess what the guys in the know where using to do this? You guessed it, cotton diapers, cotton t-shirts, or cotton terry towels so what in the heck is the all fired love affair with these micro fibre clothes?? If someone can show me a better product I will use it but I'm not going to blindly follow the guys in front me me over the cliff like some lemming.
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