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Has anyone here clay bar their car if so how long did it take
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It took the better part of a whole saturday to do my old BMW(god rest her soul ) It was probably a good 4-6 hours to do the car with the clay. I then proceeded to 3 step wax the entire car as well in the end I was probably in the drive for 10 hours.

It was well worth it though she looked dead sexy when I was done

The rover gets clay on it all off road the time but I have never done a clay blocking on her, hell I'm doing good if I rinse the mud off.

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i've only done a spot job on certain panels with a clay bar, mostly my rear door and the tops of my other doors. I need to spend the time and do the whole rover next time i'm back home.
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I would pay to have it done, Silver vehicles look like they are wet after its done properly

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Clay should take about the same time as a wax application. Make sure you use a good lube - you can make your own with auto soap and clean water (1:5) - good and soapy. Make sure you are folding the clay in on itself often. If you drop it on the ground, DO NOT use it without careful inspection. Clay is generally the same across brands (yes...even 'Mudders' is OK), but if you buy professional grade make sure you are buying a low grit - some clays preclude a polish.
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If you're looking to save time, you can clay your car after you wash it, but before you dry it. Just make sure to keep the car wet while you're claying (while also using your lube). Only downside is that it's easier to miss a spot than it is when the car is dry.

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I agree. They clay process should be much quicker than the better part of a Saturday. As you are using it you can feel the paint getting clean. After it is smooth and doesn't tug anymore you are good. Before I clay I wash with dawn soap to remove wax. Clay and then buff then wax. The clay is designed just to remove contaminants that are imbedded in the paint. It doesn't actually make the paint shiny. That is what the polish/wax is for
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You have to just rub the bar on the body of the car, until all the rust is removed. now the time depends on how much do you have rust on the cars body. there is not any specific time.. because it only remove the rust and clean the surface for wax.
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Just like any detailing process, you only clay a car for a reason. First, take a thin plastic baggie, like a sandwich bag, or thinner (2mil or less). Put your hand in the bag and feel the paint. The bag will magnify your senses and you will be able to feel the impurities in your paint.

Work one panel at a time, stopping to feel the paint using the bag. Once the panel is completely clean, move to the next panel.

I always break my clay into small pieces, just large enough to cover the palm of my hand when flattened. Like mentioned above, use plenty of lube. Car Shampoo or Detail Spray works great.

Don't forget to clay your glass. Glass is more porous than paint and impurities will embed themselves into your glass. I use Glass Cleaner as lube on the glass.

I save a couple used pieces for the end and do my wheels with them. I throw them out after doing the wheels.

Clay is great for removing tree sap too. I use a small piece I expect to throw away and use All Purpose Cleaner as lube. It will break down the sap as you clay.

Rule of thumb is you should clay your car as often as you change your oil. It varies, due to the environment your car is in. Garage kept cars need it less often. Exposure to rail dust and heavy machinery/exhaust will increase impurities in your paint.

Remember, at the least, wax your car after claying. Clay will strip any protection you had on your paint.
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I usually clay my car 4 times a year. I takes at least 3-4 hrs to finish the whole vehicle.
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It shouldn't take longer than about 30 minutes to clay a vehicle. If its the first time being clayed, it make take a bit longer, but shouldn't take hours. I owned a detailing business and know what it takes to fully detail a vehicle...properly.


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That includes the glasses, trims and wheels by the way.
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