What is a clay bar and what is it’s purpose?
Clay bars are a form of putty that you use to remove contaminants from your car that you can’t see but can feel.
Pollution from the air or perhaps tail pipe emissions, tree sap, paint overspray, bird droppings, ect , end up accumulating and ending up on the surface of your vehicle. Things like washing, waxing, or polishing will not remove the contaminants on your vehicle.
How can you tell if your car is contaminated and needs to be clay barred?
• You can feel it: Glide your hand across the paint after you have washed it. Does it feel smooth or do you feel grit and texture? If it doesn’t feel smooth then it has contaminants that need to be removed.
• See it: If you wash your car and see what appears to look like dirt specs on your car paint then it must be clay barred and decontaminated.
• Hear it: On a contaminated vehicle when you glide your hand across the paint you will hear the friction of your hand sliding across the paint.
After using a clay bar your car will then feel smooth to the touch instead of rough and rugged. There are many different versions of clay bar that you can purchase. Including clay mitts.
You must be careful with the internet these days because there is a lot of false information out there that can have you thinking the clay bar can do more then what it is capable of. Some sites will tell you things like:
• The clay bar can be used instead of polishing your car paint. This is false information.
• Or the clay bar is completely safe and will not scratch your paint. This is false information.
• You only need to clay bar twice a year. This is a case by case basis.
I am simply here to make you become more of an informed customer so that you can make the right decisions for your vehicle.
In the end you want to end up with a car that has smooth paint, is pollutant free, and is now ready to be polished and/or waxed.
Here is the actual process to clay bar your vehicle:
• Start with a freshly washed car.
• Wet the section of the vehicle that is going to be worked on. You can use water or a clay lube of your choice.
• Remember the clay bar is naturally sticky and will try to stick to your vehicle.
• Rub the clay bar back and forth across the lubricated paint surface to wipe away the paint pollutants.
• You may feel resistance or hear what sounds like scratching but this is normal.
• Each section will be complete when you can glide your hand across the paint and it feels smooth to the touch.