Clay Towel decontamination
The next step that is essential to prepare your paint, is doing a Clay Bar or Clay Towel. These products will quickly remove bonded contaminants from the surface of your paint, and make it feel as smooth as glass.
Do you need to do this on a brand new car? The simple answer is: yes. Even new cars have contamination on them from sitting at dock yards, in car lots etc.
There are two common ways of using a Clay Bar or Clay Towel. The first way is to use a spray lubricant such as our Boss Gloss - the other way is to use a bucket of suds created by our Nanolicious Wash, Auto Body Gel or Wax Wash. If you’re using the Boss Gloss, spray it onto the section of the car you will first be cleaning, then spray a few sprays straight into the Fine Clay Towel. Apply the Fine Clay Towel to the surface and rub the towel back and forth with very light pressure. If the paint is contaminated, you will actually feel and hear it working. Keep moving in a light motion until you no longer feel or hear the contamination on the car.
If the Boss Gloss begins to dry, you'll need to spray more on. Please note that our Fine Clay Towel is fairly sticky and cannot be used on a dry surface. If it's dry, you'll make a mess and potentially damage your paint, so always make sure there is ample lubrication on your paint.
If you want to do the clay job a little bit faster, you can use the second way of using a clay towel - with a bucket of suds as your clay towel lubrication. First you need to 1/2 fill a bucket with water, then put in a capful of one of our lubricating washes for a nice, slippery mixture. Never use plain water as it has no lubrication properties!
Put the suds on the car with your Shagtastic Wash Pad, Muffy or Love Glove, and use the clay towel as we mention above. Make sure you only do the areas where there are suds. Rinse the panel down after you're finished and move to the next section, till the car is completed. Don't let the water dry on the car - re-wet it as you go - as you don't want to get any water spots. Thoroughly rinse the car down and flood all the panels with water when you're done, then dry the car with The Big Green Sucker and Boss Gloss combination again.
This method is obviously not suitable if you're working inside, but it gives many of you another option for using the towels. We find it can be a quicker and easier job, so it was worth mentioning!
When you've finished using the Fine Clay Towel, give it a good clean by spraying some Orange Agent into, then work it around with your fingers and rinse it off with fresh water. Once the Clay Towel has been rinsed thoroughly, hang it up over a line (out of the sun) with the rubber compound side facing upwards, or gently fold it with the rubber compound side to the inside, then store it back in the container it came in.
We also have the traditional clay bars for you to use, though we prefer the speed and ease of use of the towels.