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Detailing your car with a clay bar


Using a clay bar can significantly enhance your car’s finish, but proper usage is crucial. A clay bar removes minute particles on the paint, making the surface smoother and shinier. However, it won’t restore faded paint, repair chips or scratches, or protect the finish; you’ll need wax or polish for that. Avoid using clay bars on matte finishes or vehicle wraps.

Start with a clean vehicle, free of dirt and grit. Soften and flatten the clay bar, then spray the area with detailing spray to act as a lubricant. Rub the clay bar back and forth (not in circles) along the body panel, keeping it well-lubricated. Wipe the area with a clean microfiber towel before moving to the next section.

For beginners, a clay bar kit is recommended, which typically includes it, a detailing spray, and a microfiber towel. Specialty shops offer different clay formulations from mild to aggressive, but a mild one is generally safer for the finish.

Here are some do’s and don’ts:

  • Do wash and rinse the car thoroughly before starting.
  • Do use plenty of detailing spray.
  • Do knead and flatten the bar frequently to increase its surface area.
  • Do the process inside or on a cloudy day to prevent the spray from drying up.
  • Don’t use it on a dry surface or with anything other than the detailing spray.
  • Don’t reuse a dropped  bar.
  • Don’t move the bar in circles.
  • Don’t press too hard; multiple light passes are better.

You can use a clay bar every six months or more frequently in high-pollution areas. As long as you’re using a mild one on a clean car with lots of detailing spray and a clean microfiber towel, you can do it as often as necessary to keep your car looking fresh.
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