So I have had plans to clay bar my truck for about a week now. Thought I would do a write up for those wanting to do the same.
The items that I used.
Step 1 cleaning the engine.
I sprayed Simple Green everywhere. Let is soak for a few minutes and rinse off with a gentle stream of water. Be careful around the alternator and other electrical plugs. I have never had a problem but I don't drench them with water. Once that is done leave it wet and close the hood.
Step 2 the wheels and tires.
Simple Green again. I spray on 2 wheels and tires at a time. Use a designated wet sponge and scrub the wheels and tires and rinse off.
Step 3 washing the truck.
Most of know how to do this. Wet truck and clean the paint. I use a micro fiber mitt and it works so much better than a traditional sponge. Next you will want to dry it with a real or synthetic shamoi.
Step 4 clay bar.
I used the Mothers clay bar kit since it came with 2 bars and a microfiber towel for $1 less than the Meguires kit. MAKE SURE THE TRUCK IS NOT IN SUNLIGHT for this. I started on the driverís side front quarter panel and worked my way around. Start by spraying half of the quarter panel with the detailing spray that came in the kit. Then run the clay over the area you have sprayed. Wipe off the area with a clean microfiber towel. Now repeat this till the whole truck is smooth as glass. You will have to kneed the bar to make the surface clean a few times during the process.
Step 5 waxing.
I choose the Meguires Carnauba liquid wax. I did not want to use a cleaning wax since the paint will already be very smooth and I did not have any swirl marks to contend with. MAKE SURE THE TRUCK IS NOT IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT. I used a microfiber applicator pad to apply the wax. Start by wetting the pad and wring out excess water. Apply a small amount of wax to pad and start making small swirls on the paint. Most of us are know how to wax our trucks. Cover the entire paint of the truck with wax and buff off with microfiber towels.
Step 6 finishing up the engine.
I used a SMALL amount of the tire foam and dusted the engine bay with it. I used blue paper shop towels to wipe everything down. The engine bay will still be a little wet when you start.
Step 7 finishing wheels and tires
Spray the tires with tire foam and try to keep it off the wheels. I then use blue paper shop towels again along with a little glass cleaner to wipe off the wheels.
Step 7 making the finish look real good.
This step is optional but I think it make the paint stand out a little more. Go back over the paint with the detailing spray and a clean microfiber towel.
Here are a few pics of the finished product.
Not directly before but it is a before pic
I didn't notice the flag in this pic till after I put it on the computer and thought I would share since it is a patriotic day.