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Best way to clay my 2016 Tacoma

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by iono11200, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Mar 14, 2016 at 9:07 PM
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    iono11200

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    I have never clayed A vehicle in my life. I would like to Clay my 2016 Toyota Tacoma as soon as spring arrives. There are many brands and many styles out there and I'm totally confused as to what to buy. any suggestions are welcome thank you.
     
  2. Mar 14, 2016 at 9:11 PM
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    Hairy Taco

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    never heard of this before
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2016 at 9:25 PM
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    NMTrailRider

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    The Mothers and Meguires kits really aren't bad at all. You can get them at any big box store or auto parts store. They come with two pieces of clay and a bottle of lube (detail spray). I typically use about half the bottle per vehicle and only use one clay bar per vehicle- then throw it away.

    If you drop the clay- throw it away and use the second piece.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2016 at 9:29 PM
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    Medina33

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    A store called chemical guys. A great store I get all my detailing stuff from them made a clay block. It's easier to use ! You should do some research on it
     
  5. Mar 14, 2016 at 9:31 PM
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    NMTrailRider

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    Start with the hood (so your clay is really clean). Then I like to do the upper 2/3 of the doors and roof. Then the front and rear quarter panels. Then the fenders and lower third of the doors.

    Basically, move from cleanest to dirtiest parts of the vehicle.
     
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  6. Mar 15, 2016 at 5:43 AM
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    Way more then I can really afford...
    Clay?
     
  8. Mar 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM
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    I used to use clay; however, there are much better products on the market that are easier to use and last much longer than traditional clay. I use nanoskin speedy prep sponges with good results.
     
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  9. Mar 15, 2016 at 5:07 PM
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    Eagle one prep mitt. Check it out on YouTube
     
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  12. Mar 15, 2016 at 11:46 PM
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    Its literally a block of clay. Kind of sticky. Wash your truck,dry it then go get a zip lock bag out of the kitchen. Put your hand in the bag then run it over your paint. It will feel like sand paper (maybe not so much on a new truck but on an older one it's nasty)

    Once the truck is clean you use a lube (most use a spray detailer) on the paint and rub the clay over it. It grabs impurities off the paint.

    My wife is leaving town for the weekend, I'm finally getting a chance to glass my truck so i have to clay bar it 1st. I'll take some before a d after pics. Should shine like a diamond in a frogs ass when I get done
     
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    I would recommend passing on the big box clays. I have used both but after using other clays, I can say the big box clay sucks.
     
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    I wouldn't bother with clay, it will most likely cause marring
     
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    Possibly the 1st time I've ever heard that. Any sources or just opinion?
     
  16. Mar 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM
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    If you never claybarred a car in your life what makes you think your brand new truck is a good candidate to take a crack at?
     
  17. Mar 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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    Don't mean any offense, just saying why do you think the truck needs to be clay barred this soon. And it's easy for a beginner to not understand how much pressure they are putting on it and really do a number to the clearcoat. Just saying
     
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    From experience. You're rubbing a not so soft compound across your paint and picking up little pieces of contamination and rubbing that contamination against the paint as you continue using it. Yea, you are using a lubricant while using the clay but that only helps so much...
     
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  19. Mar 16, 2016 at 5:16 PM
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Only if someone can't read instructions, is uber ham fisted and isn't willing to practice on an inconspicuous spot first, to learn the 'feel'.

    It's not rocket science.
     
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    And your new paint will be much more contaminated that you might expect. But of course nothing like older paint.

    It is a good idea to properly clean the paint (more than washing) before laying down the first wax.
     
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