Why Use Clay in Car Detailing? 

The main reason why people use clay in car detailing is to remove contaminants such as brake dust, rail dust, and industrial fallout. These contaminants bind to your vehicle’s paint and can cause it to degrade over time. Using clay is the best way to remove them without damaging your paint. 

If you have a brand-new car, you’re probably going to need to clay it at least once in its life. This is because dealership lots are prone to all kinds of different pollutants and grime that can stick to your car’s paint and make it look dull. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that even if your car isn’t new, you still might need to clay it from time to time. Every time you drive your car, it’s exposed to different things – like salt, general debris, exhaust films, and airborne pollution, for instance. 

When a clay bar comes in contact with these contaminants, it picks them up and carries them off your car’s surface. Once you’ve removed them, a wax or polish can be applied to protect your vehicle from future damage. 

The first step is to spray a generous amount of clay lubricant or detailer spray onto the area you’ll be working on. This lubricant helps the clay bar glide smoothly over your car’s paint. It also prevents the clay bar from sticking to your car’s paint and causing scratches or other damage. 

You’ll want to rub the lubricant or detailer spray over the clay bar in a back-and-forth motion. Then, wipe away any excess lubricant or spray with a microfiber towel. Once the clay bar is lubricated, you can rub it across the paint. 

This is a great way to get rid of the contaminants that have built up on your car’s surface and make it look cleaner. It’s also a good way to test the surface of your paint before you start waxing it, so you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of your wax or sealant. 

It’s always a good idea to reapply the lubricant or detailer spray after each clay session, as this will help to keep your clay from sticking to your car’s paint and scratching it. You can also reapply lubricant or detailer spray after the clay bar treatment to help it last longer and look shinier. 

Another important thing to remember when claying your car is to never use a clay bar that’s dry. Try using a dry piece of clay and you’ll end up with bits all over your car, which will then scratch it. 

The only way to avoid this is to make sure that you wash your car thoroughly before you begin the claying process. This is a crucial step in any detailing job, as it will give you a clean surface to work on and will make sure that any surface debris won’t get caught on the clay bar and cause damage. 

Finally, if you have any questions about clay bars or any other auto detailing products, feel free to reach out to us here at CARiD for more information! We’re here to help you make the most of your detailing experience!