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06-13-2012 12:07 PM
Sonic_HedgeHog
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Originally Posted by RonMaiden View Post
Yes,just be careful with your stripes and take your time and that silver will look more awesome than it already does. The green does have an odd contrast that really works well with the silver.
Thank you Sir... On both accounts
06-13-2012 11:42 AM
RonMaiden Yes,just be careful with your stripes and take your time and that silver will look more awesome than it already does. The green does have an odd contrast that really works well with the silver.
06-13-2012 11:34 AM
Sonic_HedgeHog I've got my vinyl running down my car. I assume I'll have to clay around it? Correct?
06-13-2012 11:21 AM
RonMaiden The day I brought the car home I ran my hand lightly over the car and you can feel the stuff on what appears to be a clean car. Another test is too run a cottonball over your paint and see how it tears apart or not.

My paint was only two months old when I got it but in that time it's still subjected to the elements not too mention raildust from the trip across country and then sitting in the elements (especially winter) on the lot not to mention the rain then the drying waterspot cycle that can happen so you do accumulate alot of crap in a short time.

Once a year clay job is fine for the average owner and maybe 3x for those who will be driving it in the snow or more frequent inclement weather. This is for us who really want to keep their paint looking new for alot longer than those who just wash and wax.

With that said I've never done my '99 4Runner and it looks great cleaned up but when you touch it then it's a different story so I plan on a clay bar job after wheelin' season but it will be worth it.
Looks good at first glance but don't touch it as it does show some regular abuse and off road wear and tear but for a 13 year old paintjob it is holing up well.


My scoop insert peice oxidized a bit so I painted it simple black but look closely and you can see my hood is a bit rough and the awful chips from winter plus waterspot hell but claybar will remove 90% of the surface contaminents.


A claybar job is soooooo worth it. I'll post up some after results of my truck sometime.
06-13-2012 10:25 AM
Starfury
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Originally Posted by got3fords View Post
But you wouldn't do that to a new car, would you?
Having the Oxford White, I was amazed at what it accomplished.

Also, there is no better way to get acquainted with the condition of your car's paint. You will see every small imperfection caused by tar, bugs and the like.

There were many spots that I thought were small "nicks" that came out easily.

You should latex gloves for the clay job, esp with Griot's. It will stick to your hands and under your nails otherwise.

Should I return to the old adage, already mentioned in this post; "smoother than a baby's bottom"?
06-13-2012 10:06 AM
dan50
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But you wouldn't do that to a new car, would you?
Sure. Even new cars accumulate surface contaminants while in transit or sitting on the dealer lot. Unlike polishing, claying doesn't remove any of the underlying finish when done properly, so there's no risk of over-doing it. It really isn't that much of an effort either, particularly on a newish car.
06-13-2012 10:03 AM
got3fords
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I thought it was going to be harder than it was and running the bar over the whole thing went pretty smooth but the buffing part gave me some soreness and the whole job wash,clay and wax took me a leisurlely 4-5 hours with a few breaks.
Damn, is it really worth it? How often do you need to do this?
06-13-2012 09:48 AM
RonMaiden I thought it was going to be harder than it was and running the bar over the whole thing went pretty smooth but the buffing part gave me some soreness and the whole job wash,clay and wax took me a leisurlely 4-5 hours with a few breaks.
06-13-2012 09:43 AM
Pretherius
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Better than new after a clay job and my paint was only two months old and it had already collected a myriad of interesting textures
"Better than new" is the truth with clay bars. But DAMN it's a workout.
06-13-2012 09:31 AM
got3fords
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It's literally a clay-like bar that you rub over the paint (with a lubricant such as water or instant detailer) and it shears away surface contaminates. You won't believe how much smoother it is after you do it.
But you wouldn't do that to a new car, would you?
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