Clay Bar Like A Pro

Often it’s not enough to give your vehicle a good wash and wax. Over time environmental and man-made contaminants build up on the surface leaving it feeling rough and lacking in shine. Before buffing any vehicle the first thing I do after washing with Opti-Clean is run a clay bar over the paint surface. Normally, on a very clean vehicle, I will still pull out quite a bit of environmental contaminants. You can see and feel the difference after a good going over with a clay bar. Once this is done I know I am now working directly with the paint – giving a significantly better buffing result.

 Rules of clay baring: 

  1. Ensure the paint surface is clean i.e. washed with appropriate cleaner.
  2. Removed Tar (as this will clog up the bar quickly): use wax and grease remover to take the tar off – an alternative is WD-40.
  3. Ensure the tar remover has completely dried off. If not, it will drag the clay along the paint surface.
  4. Keep the surface lubricated with a grooming product such as Meguiar’s or Optimum’s Instant Detailer.
  5. Only perform on cool paint in the shade and dry the vehicle off with a microfibre after clay baring the panel.

The image on the left – reflects your vehicles paint surface after a good wash but prior to clay bar. In contrast, the image on the right reflects your vehicles paint surface after a clay bay – but prior to a corrective buff.

 

 

Water Spots and Coatings

While there are many protective paint coatings. It’s is important to note that they are not likely to stop water spots. However, they will make it easier to remove them.

Prevention

Application of sacrificial protective layers like DuraSeal or OptiCoat Pro will help significantly. However, regular paint surface cleaning and waxing will also help for non-coated vehicles.

CLAY BARRED & PAINT CORRECTION

And restore that new car shine.

How we restore that new car shine.

https://finaltouchgroup.com.au/contact-us/We remove water stains from your vehicles paintwork with a specialised protective solution (not hydrofluoric acid) that over a period of 20-30 minutes gently releases the bond between the stain and clear coat. 

We then clay bar the paintwork to remove the heavier contamination items from the paintwork. Significantly reducing the risk of scratching the surface.

The vehicle is then fully cut polished, clarity refined and chips repaired. To further enhance the look and long term protection a paint sealant like DuraSeal or OptiCoat Pro can be applied.

Full Claybar Cut Polish Stone Chip Repait – Gallery

Use of clay bar to remove heavier surface contamination from paint prior to cut polish and chip repair.

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Tip & Tricks For Maintaining That Shine

When cleaning a vehicle try to remove the heavier dirt items with a higher pressure wash. Follow this with a good emulsifying cleaner that releases the dirt from the paint surface. Minimising scratching. Wash top down, cleaning the wheels last with a specific brush. Always dry the vehicle back and never wash hot paint, as this risks etching in water spots. For a deeper clean consider clay baring the paint surface.

Our recommendation is to use a high-quality sealant like DurSeal or OptiCoat Pro, to minimise the need for polishing and waxing. However, when polishing or waxing, ensure the paint surface is cool and the vehicle is away from direct sunlight. Apply in uniform motion following manufacturers directions.

Often forgotten until it's really bad. Care of your vehicle glass is important for the long term value and overall feeling of ownership. If your glass has got water spots on it, it's possible we may be able to remove them. However, some glass is quite soft and very easily etched by water spots.

The Final Touch Guarantee To You

Your Final Touch operator treats your vehicle with the respect they would have for their own and undertake their services in a professional manner. Seeking the highest possible standards. Having discussed the process and expected results with you beforehand. If for any reason you are unhappy with their service to ​please contact us and arrange a visit to put it right.