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When using a clay bar on your vehicles paint surface it will remove any embedded surface contamination that still remains after a regular maintenance wash on your vehicle. Sometimes the contamination removed from the surface of the paint is not always visible to the naked eye. After using a clay bar on your vehicles paint you will be left with a surface that is smooth like a pane of glass and now the vehicles paint is properly prepped for additional detailing. After using  the clay bar your now ready for polish or for applying layers of protection. Not only can you use a clay bar on your vehicles paint but, it can be used on your vehicles glass, wheels, lights and more. The most common misconception about using a clay bar is that it has an impact on removing swirls and scratches. Using a clay bar does not remove swirls and scratches from your vehicles paint.

At Street Scenes Automotive we recommend using a clay bar  two or three times a year, or before any detailing is done when you plan on polishing your vehicles paint. If you live or work in an area that your car is subject to industrial fallout or heavily contaminated areas, using a clay bar more often may be required.

After your vehicle paint has been clay barred it’s good practice to give the car a re wash before proceeding to the next step, which is polishing your paint. Re-washing your vehicle can ensure that any loosened contamination or clay bar lubricant is removed. The wash should go much quicker since there should be nearly no contamination on the vehicle and you should be able to sheet dry very effectively since your paint will be ultra smooth. After the re-wash, then you want to polish your paint.


  • Sherry Barretta says:

    Great info., Rick. I was unaware of the clay bar. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on info. to help maintain our cars. Thanks, too, for the continued great service. Sherry

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