Interior & Trim
When and How to Clay Bar
What Can Contaminate Your Vehicle's Surface?
1. Brake Dust - Particles produced from the friction of brake
pads rubbing against the rotor. This metal on metal friction disperses
tiny particles of bare metal into the air and on the highways and
virtually everywhere your car travels. Constant movement of vehicles
propels it into the air and dispenses it over the vehicle's surface.
Industrial Fallout - Another word for pollution, industrial fallout is a
by-product of our surroundings. It comes from industrial businesses and
factories as well as diesel vehicles and includes even airplane
3. Rail Dust - Produced from the friction of train
wheels against railroad tracks. Over 75% of new vehicles are shipped by
rail. Nearly all new vehicles are contaminated as soon as they leave the
When Should You Clay Bar?
You can clay bar your car as often as you
wish or simply prior to waxing or polishing your vehicle. To acquire the
best smooth as glass touch and feel result it is ideal to always clay
bar your vehicle prior to application of wax, glaze, polish or paint
sealant. Many people have never heard of clay baring because for a while
clay bars were only available to professionals. Claying is less
abrasive then polishing or buffing the surface. Claying actually pulls
out foreign particles and contaminants that have embedded themselves in
the paint. Polishes are intended more to be used as cleaners for paint,
such as cleaning the paint, filling swirls and scratches, restoring and
maximizing shine by smoothing over sharp edges.
How is clay different from polishing or buffing?
Many people have never heard of clay barring
because for awhile clay bars were only available to professionals.
Claying is less abrasive than polishing or buffing the surface. Claying
actually pulls out foreign particles and contaminants that have embedded
themselves in the paint. Polishes are intended more to be used as
cleaners for paint, such as cleaning the paint, filling swirls and
scratches, restoring and maximizing shine by smoothing over sharp edges.
Do I need a clay lubricant?
Yes! Clay bars absolutely need some kind of
lubricant to work correctly. Without lubricant, clay bars cannot move
freely over the surface and work as intended. Without proper lubrication
a clay bar will catch on contaminants, pull them across the surface and
possibly scratch or mar paint. Clay bars are such intended as to work
with proper clay bar lubricants are formulated to lubricate the surface
allowing the clay bars to glide more freely across a surface. Lubricants
aid the clay bar in lifting particles and allow the clay bar to move
freely from raking roughly across the paint and causing possible
Can you use soap as a lubricant?
No! Lubricants are formulated to work with
the clay bar and will not impact the integrity and cleaning ability of a
clay bar. Shampoos and car wash soaps may damage the clay bar leading
to deterioration, which in turn will limits its cleaning ability and
shorten its life span. Specially formulated clay lubricants are
formulated with uniquely engineered surface lubricants to allow for
superior gliding of the clay bar and provide a slippery protective layer
that clay bars can safely glide across.