Interior & Trim
CLAY BAR-HOW TO
Last Updated: 06/23/2010
What is a clay bar and how does it work?
Q: WHAT WILL THIS CLAY BAR DO?
Clay pulls out all the things you canít see, but you can defiantly
feel, like industrial fallout, rail dust, and brake dust. Though
they are not visible, they feel rough or gritty and may cause
patches of paint to appear dull, even after waxing. As these
contaminants oxidize, they create rust spots within the paint.
Once this happens, the oxidation is considerably harder to remove
and will most likely take a good bit of paint with it.
Q: Will a clay bar remove scratches?
A: No, clay
bars and clay block will only remove surface contamination you can
feel. Scratches are an absence of paint. It is often impossible to
remove an absence of something.
Q: Can a clay bar fill in a scratch:
A: No, clay
bars are not used for filling they are simply used to remove
contamination from paint that feels rough leaving behind a smooth
Q: Iíve removed oxidation, now how do I prevent it from
A: Once the
paint looks good it is important to protect your investment with a
coat of wax or ideally a long lasting paint sealant like Jetseal
109. Paint sealants, seal in paint and protect I from the elements.
Q: What is a surface evaluation?
A: It is the evaluation a detailer does before starting on a
vehicle to determine the best products to use and the steps that
will be needed to achieve the desired result.
Q: When should I do a surface Evaluation?
A: Surface evaluation is usually done after youíve washed and
dried a customerís car.
Q: What are the steps I should follow in evaluating a vehicle:
Wash and dry the vehicle.
Feel the paint and listen to the sound you hear as you glide your
hand across the paint.
Analyze the brightness and brilliance of the color.
Make notes on swirl marks, surface scratches, fading, oxidation,
overspray and other paint blemishes and imperfections.
Q: What are water spots and there do they come from?
Water spots are caused by dissolved minerals in water. Calcium
carbonate (sometimes called lime) is the most common and appears
white and chalky when dry. These minerals form ions when dissolved
in water, when the water evaporates, it leaves the minerals behind.
That's why water heaters, coffee pots, and humidifiers get coated
with minerals over time. Harder your water, the more dissolved
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