How to Use a Clay Bar

Toyota Interior/Exterior Care

Use a Clay Bar to Clean Your Car

 Of all of the exterior car-detailing tools, clay bars often get forgotten. Drivers should consider claying their vehicles given the fact that it can wash away smudges and blemishes to creating the shine that we love so much on cars.   

The Importance of Using Clay

  Over time, dirt can embed into the paint of your car, which gives the surface a rough texture. It might not seem like something that would deeply affect your car, but these contaminants get in the way of wax jobs and diminish the polished look that you are going for. Clay bars remove these annoying particles and they preserve the beautiful, shiny surface of your vehicle.    
  1. First, wash and dry your car, truck or SUV.
  2. Put a plastic bag over your hand and lightly rub your fingertips over the paint to see if it feels tough or gritty.
  3. Make sure you have a car detailer or lubricant so that the clay bar slides smoothly across the surface and potential damage is stopped. Find a clay kit at Toyota of Greenville.
  4. Perform the claying in a cool, shaded area. Direct sunlight could dry the clay, which would make it difficult to remove.
  5. Form the clay bar into a flat surface so that it grips the surface of your vehicle. Spray it with lubricants to keep it wet, and store the clay in a room temperature area.
  6. Apply the lubricant or detailer directly to the clay bar or to your vehicle. Gently slide the clay across the surface in a fluid motion. When the clay fills with contaminants, simply fold it over and flatten out a new, smooth surface.
  7. Once you have finished claying your car, remove the lubricant and clay residue from your vehicle with a towel. Store the clay after use.
  8. Follow up with a wax or sealant. These will fill any holes left from the contaminants and they will protect your paint from corrosion.
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