AO Silver Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: South Africa
County: Western Cape
Peter, in reply to your question I would ask a question back:
Why do you want to clay? You say you are not into car cleaning and prefer to use illegal car washes, then you are probably not going to get much out of claying.
It is not going to make your car more shiny.
It is not going to get rid of scratches
All that it is going to do is lift bonded contaminants off the surface leaving the paintwork smooth and ready for further work. Note it will remove any wax or sealant that was previously applied, so it is quite likely to make the paint dull. You will need to polish and wax after claying.
Claying is not a magical cure all, it is merely one step in the detailing process. Good detailers follow up claying with paint correction using a machine, then polish and finally wax or a sealant to protect the surface. 90% of valet shops don't clay cos they cant be bothered, it takes too long and they go straight into correction mode.
Claying is fun and rewarding, especially if the surface is rough, as you can FEEL the difference. It is not hard to do but requires a bit of patience and you need to be methodical. If you wash your car regularly and wax 3 or 4 times a year, then claying should not be required more than once per annum.