Clay Bar decontamination

The next step that is essential to prepare your paint, is doing a Clay Bar. This product 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. The first way is to use a spray lubricant such as our Boss Gloss or Fully Slick - the other way is to use a bucket of suds created by our Nanolicious Wash. If you’re using one of our detailing sprays, spray the Boss Gloss or Fully Slick detailing spray onto the part you will first be cleaning. Apply the Fine Clay Bar to the surface and rub the clay back and forth with very light pressure. If the paint is dirty, you will actually feel and hear it working. Keep moving in a light motion till you no longer hear or feel it working on the car.

If the Boss Gloss or Fully Slick begins to dry, you'll need to spray more on. Please note that our Fine Clay Bar 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 bar - with a bucket of suds as your clay bar lubrication. First you need to 1/2 fill a bucket of water with a capful of our Nanolicious Wash 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 Pads and use the clay bar 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. Dry the car with The Big Green Sucker once you're done and then get ready for cleansing and waxing.

This method is obviously not suitable if you're working inside, but it gives many of you another option for using the bars. We find it can be a quicker and easier job, so it was worth mentioning!

For an even faster job, have a look at our Clay Towels as well, a little bit more expensive, but thanks to their larger size they are even faster to prepare your cars' paint and glass with.