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using clay for the first time

I assume you use clay in the following order??

1: foam the car
2: wash
3: good rinse
4: use the clay bar
5: wash again
6: polish

if not could someone advise me as to where in the wash you use the clay

thanks Bob
I think the 159 is black under all the muck
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Sounds good to me, just make sure you seal all your good work with either a selant or wax.
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If you use something like Meguiar's QuikDetailer as lubricant you
don't need to wash it again before waxing, just wipe down with
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Aye, only thing missing is lubrication for the clay. Some just use soapy water but better to use the megs QD like Nev suggests
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I use Meguiars last touch as clay lube when it's needed, I usually use BH Autocly soft which only requires water as lube. I always wash after claying to remove any dirt held in suspension in the lube (I don't wipe with a mf while claying)
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After claying you will need to polish AND wax, as the clay removes every bit of wax and can also mar the surface. The clay prepares the surface for correction/polishing. And yes, as said above, you must wax/seal after polishing to protect the finish.
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Perhaps de-tar the car before claying, prevents contaminating the clay bar with loads of tar.
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thanks all

i intend to finish using AG high definition wax. comes highly recommended
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Actually instead of making a new thread and waisting space, I thought I would ask here if there are no objections. Soon, I will have the Brera Ii and it has a matt titanium finish, I was told that this requires no polishing in that it cant be polished or should not? My first matt finnish really so I have NO idea how to bloody clean this beast. Clay bar? Wax? wash and the prior? thanks in advanced and I hope I am not detracting from the thread too much. cheers
 
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Swissvax have just brought out a new wax for matte paint. I wouldn't reccomend polishing it either but a paint cleaner with no abrasives (Dodo Juice Lime Prime Lite) may help give it some brightness. It can be clayed.
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thanks a bunch...im still looking into how to keep it clean as such being matt and all it would hold the dirt more easily and conversely make it harder to clean off!?
 
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It will probably be a bit harder to keep clean but the wax should helps thing a bit
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Soon, I will have the Brera Ii and it has a matt titanium finish,
I hope you post some pics of this when you get her!!!
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Dont worry, my camera is already breran to go...car-porn style. ill post them in the previous thread so as not thread jack so to speak. 2 months or less...counting, again.
 
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I assume you use clay in the following order??

1: foam the car
2: wash
3: good rinse
4: use the clay bar
5: wash again
6: polish

if not could someone advise me as to where in the wash you use the clay
Where do you add a Glaze to sequence? after polish before wax?
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Where do you add a Glaze to sequence? after polish before wax?
Yes. Make sure you're using a "normal" wax with an oily glaze. Sealents and hybrid waxes (Collonite etc) won't go over oily glazes, they work well with CG EZ Creme though.
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Some people keep the clay in warm water to keep it soft as it can marr the paint if it aint neaded enough. Other than that warm it up in your hands till its nice and soft and keep reneading as it gets dirty to reveal a new clean face. Keep the pieces for windows and wheels
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Yes. Make sure you're using a "normal" wax with an oily glaze. Sealents and hybrid waxes (Collonite etc) won't go over oily glazes, they work well with CG EZ Creme though.
Collinite works fine over a glaze. I've put it straight on top of speed glaze, which has the same oils as #7, and it lasted about 5 months over winter.

I see the point your making though, as a rule sealants don't work on top of a glaze or wax.
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