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Old 05-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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What do you guys do when at the car wash?

So i have no idea about what clay bar does ect. But how can i restore my car's paint smoothness because my whole cr is smooth but my fender is not, so what is it that you guys do when you take it for a wash?
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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depending on the situation you talking about you might need to wet sand it if its orange peel in the paint.
if you paint is smooth but dull, you need to polish.
if you paint feels like sand paper, you need to claybar it before polish.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #3
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^nicely put in layman's terms. Check out the detailing subforum, lots of good info there.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:53 PM   #4
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Get the car professionally detailed on the outside. It'll cost you around 300-500 bucks but they will make your cars paint as smooth as silk and get rid of all scratches as well. It'll be like new
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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Get the car professionally detailed on the outside. It'll cost you around 300-500 bucks but they will make your cars paint as smooth as silk and get rid of all scratches as well. It'll be like new
Do this^

I'd probably get all the dents/dings repaired if you have any, before getting it detailed.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:44 AM   #6
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Get the car professionally detailed on the outside. It'll cost you around 300-500 bucks but they will make your cars paint as smooth as silk and get rid of all scratches as well. It'll be like new
Really? You're always telling people to DIY, but you're telling this guy to drop hundreds on a detail? Sure, he sounds like a noob when it comes to detailing, but this stuff is not that hard. Good quality soap, clay bar, polish, wax, and pads can be had for less than $50. If you know somebody w/ an orbital buffer, even better.....
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Really? You're always telling people to DIY, but you're telling this guy to drop hundreds on a detail? Sure, he sounds like a noob when it comes to detailing, but this stuff is not that hard. Good quality soap, clay bar, polish, wax, and pads can be had for less than $50. If you know somebody w/ an orbital buffer, even better.....
It sounds much easier then it is . Detailing a car is very very difficult to get right . Sure you can do something to make the paint look better but its nothing compared to what a professional detailer can do. I've tried it many times, I bough expensive products , cray, polish, sealant , wax etc and tried and tried.I had some good progress but I can honestly say that its best left for people who actually make a living from it.

Replacing some parts on your car doesnt compare to detailing the paint. Any person can pretty much turn a wrench and undo a few bolts after he gets a few tips from people but with car care you actually have to know what you're doing .
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Any person can pretty much turn a wrench and undo a few bolts after he gets a few tips from people but with car care you actually have to know what you're doing .
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:32 PM   #9
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Any person can pretty much turn a wrench and undo a few bolts after he gets a few tips from people but with car care you actually have to know what you're doing .
Depends on who you're talking about. You could flip this statement around real easily - many people struggle mechanically but could easily detail a car. It's really pretty simple.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:29 AM   #10
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It sounds much easier then it is . Detailing a car is very very difficult to get right . Sure you can do something to make the paint look better but its nothing compared to what a professional detailer can do. I've tried it many times, I bough expensive products , cray, polish, sealant , wax etc and tried and tried.I had some good progress but I can honestly say that its best left for people who actually make a living from it.

Replacing some parts on your car doesnt compare to detailing the paint. Any person can pretty much turn a wrench and undo a few bolts after he gets a few tips from people but with car care you actually have to know what you're doing .
This. Get it detailed one time, and then you personally keep it that way by buying a buffer and muchos products from autogeek.net
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:05 AM   #11
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Really? You're always telling people to DIY, but you're telling this guy to drop hundreds on a detail? Sure, he sounds like a noob when it comes to detailing, but this stuff is not that hard. Good quality soap, clay bar, polish, wax, and pads can be had for less than $50. If you know somebody w/ an orbital buffer, even better.....
HA HA HA. $50? You're out of your mind. Unless what you're toting as "good quality" is actually sh!t. A FLEX XC3401 buffer alone is $300+...and you've got to be out of your mind if you want to polish by hand and actually get good results.

OP, you're better off paying to get a detail if you don't plan on doing it often and it is a LOT of work to do it right...it's not worth the investment if you just use it once or twice, trust me.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:01 PM   #12
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Really? You're always telling people to DIY, but you're telling this guy to drop hundreds on a detail? Sure, he sounds like a noob when it comes to detailing, but this stuff is not that hard. Good quality soap, clay bar, polish, wax, and pads can be had for less than $50. If you know somebody w/ an orbital buffer, even better.....
You can get a random orbital buffer at wal mart for about 25 at the car care aisle.
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You can get a random orbital buffer at wal mart for about 25 at the car care aisle.
You get what you pay for and sometimes the quality of a lower price unit makes it a purchase you may regret.
Some adopt the philosophy that you buy a quality tool and have it for life.

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #14
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I did a claybar on my paint and the amount of dirt it picked up was absolutely amazing. The whole bar was covered in dirt and had to be thrown away after a few passes on the car.
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I did a claybar on my paint and the amount of dirt it picked up was absolutely amazing. The whole bar was covered in dirt and had to be thrown away after a few passes on the car.
Bought my car new in '04 and after a couple of years learned about claybar, got one, and used it. Took off lots of roughness so the paint felt clean & smooth when I ran my hand across it. Curious thing to me is after many more years I wash the car and try to use the claybar again, but the car stays smooth and claybar picks up nothing.
So I know my car was real dirty from the first time, but can't figure why it never needs the bar again.
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Bought my car new in '04 and after a couple of years learned about claybar, got one, and used it. Took off lots of roughness so the paint felt clean & smooth when I ran my hand across it. Curious thing to me is after many more years I wash the car and try to use the claybar again, but the car stays smooth and claybar picks up nothing.
So I know my car was real dirty from the first time, but can't figure why it never needs the bar again.
Because if you wax every few months it and wash it at least once a week, it will never need it. I haven't clayed my car in a year and it still shines every time I wash it.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:17 PM   #17
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Because if you wax every few months it and wash it at least once a week, it will never need it. I haven't clayed my car in a year and it still shines every time I wash it.
Ya the claybar is like an enema. . .it does an amazing job, but hopefully once is all you need.
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Because if you wax every few months it and wash it at least once a week, it will never need it. I haven't clayed my car in a year and it still shines every time I wash it.
That's not true. The clay removes contaminants that are embedded in the paint such as tar, metal, dirt, rocks, etc. This stuff will easily penetrate a wax layer and clay is the only way to get it out. Wax will only help to prevent minor swirls and UV aging.
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That's not true. The clay removes contaminants that are embedded in the paint such as tar, metal, dirt, rocks, etc. This stuff will easily penetrate a wax layer and clay is the only way to get it out. Wax will only help to prevent minor swirls and UV aging.
How is a clay bar able to do this? Is it a lipid?
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Not really, just hard work, the right tools and patience. The OP has an apparently minimal issue on one small part of the car. Spend time reviewing methods on the detail forum and he will be fine.
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