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Hi All,

i got to reading the threads on here, and decided that i wanted to clay my car and give her a damned good dose of TLC. i got myself down to Halfrauds and purchased the autoglym clay detailing kit. my plan was as follows:
1. hose off car and wash using some unknown shampoo, can't remember the name.
2. clay the car
3. polish using AG SRP
4. seal car using AG EGP
5. stand back, admire and drink beer

however, i got as far as doing the bonnet on the gtv, and lost the will to live don't get me wrong, the results are amazing but it takes so bloomin long! i took an hour just to do the bonnet

however, it looks smashing, and i can't wait to do the rest of the car. and OMG the results are great, so smooooooth

one question though, do you clay while the car is still wet using the lube stuff? i dried it first, and i seemed to be getting through the quick detailer very quickly to keep it moving nicely.
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Hi All,

i got to reading the threads on here, and decided that i wanted to clay my car and give her a damned good dose of TLC. i got myself down to Halfrauds and purchased the autoglym clay detailing kit. my plan was as follows:
1. hose off car and wash using some unknown shampoo, can't remember the name.
2. clay the car
3. polish using AG SRP
4. seal car using AG EGP
5. stand back, admire and drink beer

however, i got as far as doing the bonnet on the gtv, and lost the will to live don't get me wrong, the results are amazing but it takes so bloomin long! i took an hour just to do the bonnet

however, it looks smashing, and i can't wait to do the rest of the car. and OMG the results are great, so smooooooth

one question though, do you clay while the car is still wet using the lube stuff? i dried it first, and i seemed to be getting through the quick detailer very quickly to keep it moving nicely.
Thing is you generally wash again anyway so i wouldnt dry. Some clays like Bilt Hamber can be used with just water. You could even make your own lube with shampoo and water in a sprayer bottle. Also make sure the paint isnt hot ie dont do it in the sun.
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cheers for that phil. it was a bit sunny last night too so that could explain it.
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Nice title

I was about to get angry
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Yep the sun is a killer, my car is filthy, by my standards, but all this bright sunshine means I can't get out there and clean her
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Mate, if it's taking you an hour to do the bonnet then you are doing something wrong.

When I clay, I wash and dry the car. Then I clay using the QD as a lubricant. You should be able to do the whole car in an hour. If the car is REALLY REALLY filthy you might want to try a wipe down with a paint cleaner to remove the worst of the gunk (this is after the wash stage but before the claty stage). I have done this a few times with great success and it also helps save the clay.

Remember, all the claying does is remove bonded contaminants.
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Mate, if it's taking you an hour to do the bonnet then you are doing something wrong.

When I clay, I wash and dry the car. Then I clay using the QD as a lubricant. You should be able to do the whole car in an hour. If the car is REALLY REALLY filthy you might want to try a wipe down with a paint cleaner to remove the worst of the gunk (this is after the wash stage but before the claty stage). I have done this a few times with great success and it also helps save the clay.

Remember, all the claying does is remove bonded contaminants.
I'm confused the other way, all that in an hour seems rushed to me.
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Claying in a hour sounds about right, like everything else in life some may take more time and effort than others. Being familar with products and processes speeds things up dramitically.
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cheers for all the advice guys, on the time front, i may have been a little cautious as it is the first time i have used it. what i do know is that the results are great.
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I forgot to add that I think my first claying session took somewhere between 2-3 hours and 3/4 of the megs qd bottle

You are probably taking so long because you're afraid of scratching your paint. Yes?
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Im intrigued by this stuff...... Iron Cut They do coatings abit like GTechniq aswell.
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I forgot to add that I think my first claying session took somewhere between 2-3 hours and 3/4 of the megs qd bottle

You are probably taking so long because you're afraid of scratching your paint. Yes?
spot on i also used about a quarter of the QD on the bonnet next attempt will be better i think.
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Im intrigued by this stuff...... Iron Cut They do coatings abit like GTechniq aswell.
I have both. Ironcut is amazing but I'm afraid to use it on the wheels (what would it do to brake discs ). The paint coating are awful, I marred the crap out of a black Bora with it, I had to use 106FA to remove the damage

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spot on i also used about a quarter of the QD on the bonnet next attempt will be better i think.
Just get a feel for it, Megs clay doesn't do any real damage when it sticks so experimant with less lube
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Did mine on wednesday,in the shade.

Wash,clay,SRP and wax took about 3 1/2 hours
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I have both. Ironcut is amazing but I'm afraid to use it on the wheels (what would it do to brake discs ). The paint coating are awful, I marred the crap out of a black Bora with it, I had to use 106FA to remove the damage :
Aye, i have to say it looks a right fanny on to apply in the youtube vids!
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I have gave up on it. Marring with a finishing pad = crap product imo, I'm not prepared to work around it's flawed compounds.
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Same here!!

I clayed for the first time a few weeks ago and it took me about an hour. Would like to have spent longer but I had to be somewhere in a hurry. My GT has 12.5k on the clock and is waxed quite regularly so it's never had a chance to get majorly contaminated.

My old man wants me to do his 1993 toyota carina

I told him to order a job lot of clay/QD.
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I use this it's a lot quicker than Megs QD and a clay bar

I know it's turtlecack but it really does work well

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My first claybar session took me six hours.....but that was wash, rinse, TFR soak, rinse, clay, rinse, dry, polish, seal and then hoover, tyre dress etc. Well worth it though.
 
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Same here!!

I clayed for the first time a few weeks ago and it took me about an hour. Would like to have spent longer but I had to be somewhere in a hurry. My GT has 12.5k on the clock and is waxed quite regularly so it's never had a chance to get majorly contaminated.

My old man wants me to do his 1993 toyota carina

I told him to order a job lot of clay/QD.
get some bilt hamber medium clay, use water. job done for 11
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Will claying remove tar spots?
It should but youde be better off using a dedicated tar tickler first. Auto Smart Tardis, VP Tar & Glue Remover or AG Tar Remover should do the job.

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get some bilt hamber medium clay, use water. job done for 11
I couldnt believe the size of the claybar! A mate chopped me abit of his BH Clay bar and it feels so soft compared to the Megs. I also have the Zaino Clay which ive yet to use....
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yeah it is big. you'll get four outta the bars easy. i toyed with zaino clay but went cheap in the end and got some i4detailing stuff. it's a bit more rubbery that other clays. still the price was right and it done the job.
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get some bilt hamber medium clay, use water. job done for 11
Thanks for the tip.

On a side note, how often do you guys clay??

I assume it strips all the wax so after each clay you'll need to re-wax or re-seal??
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