You’ve probably heard of a tool called clay and if you’ve ever sent your car to a car wash place you’ll see that they normally offer claying services too.
So what is Clay and Claying?
Clay is an auto detailing tool that picks up protruding particles adhered onto paintwork by simply gliding it over the contaminated surface
Claying is an auto detailing step where one uses a clay to glide over gritty surfaces (paint, glass, headlamps and etc) repeatedly until surfaces become smooth to the touch
Now, why do we need to clay?
Your car is constantly exposed to airborne pollutants, industrial fall outs, saps, bug splatters, dirt, dust, soil and grime. These contaminants will naturally cling on to your paintwork and cause the paintwork to feel gritty. A REAL SORE TO THE HANDS!!
And how do you clay?
Firstly, wash the car with car shampoo and rinse off all loose particles from the paint surface. You can skip the drying process and jump right to claying.
You’ll need a clay lube or diluted shampoo to help glide the claybar across the paintwork.
Next, spray adequate amount of clay lube or diluted shampoo to aid in gliding the Claybar back and forth as if to “scrub’” the adhered contaminants.
Contaminants are actually “picked up” into the Claybar like this
When the Claybar has “picked up” much dirt, you should knead it and reveal a clean side and continue claying.
After claying a spot, run your palm over a the clayed surface and feel if desired smoothness is achieved
Continue this process if panel still feels gritty.
(most of the contaminants will be picked up with clay, however if contaminants are difficult to remove by claying, you may need to polish it off)
After using the claybar, remember to store it in water.
Types of Clay in the Market
(The original form a clay designed solely to pick up contaminants)
2. Clay Block
(A clay attached to a thick foam for ease and comfort of holding and foam also holds water or clay lube and dispenses as you need it)
3. Round Foam Clay
(Like the Clay Block but this can be attached to an air or electrical powered Random Orbital Sander)
4. Clay Cloth
(A clay attached to a cloth for ease maneuvering as the contact surface is wider and able to contour to different angles and shapes of the panel)