Simple Steps to Bring Back Showroom Feel, Finish
A clay bar can help return vitality to just about any exterior surface–windshield, rims and paint.
“Some cleaning waxes add shine but don’t remove contaminants bonded to the car,” said Michael Pennington of Meguiar's Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of car care products. “The surface will still feel rough."
“Claying can remove paint swirls, grit, brake dust and other contaminants,” Pennington said.
Begin with a dab of clay off the bar after washing. Rub the various surfaces with clay, focusing on impurities soap alone didn’t remove.
“Once you get the motion you’ll zip around pretty swiftly,” Pennington said.
Claying can be done with every wash and wax. Pennington recommends taking clay to your vehicle every 6 months. Be sure to store the unused clay in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
Pennington offers the following advice for a quality claying:
- Use a premium brand with a great reputation and look for a clay kit. The kits typically includes lubrication, a towel and the bar itself.
- Take a little piece at a time off the bar for the best results. “If you have a big piece and drop it on the ground it’s ruined.”
- Don’t let the clay dry out. Keep what’s left of the bar in an airtight container.