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11-02-2012 05:32 PM
elsolo Just clayed mine again, amazing how much crap sticks to the paint but survives car washing and scrubbing.
10-30-2012 11:50 PM
lyonsroar Better yet put a sandwich bag on your hand, then drag your fingers across your paint. You'll feel everything then.

Clay every car when you get it. It costs just an hour of your time.
10-30-2012 11:09 AM
Yanner You may or may not need to clay a new car, depends on how and how much it travelled to get to you. My first car came from California to Ontario, Canada, and was part of an inter dealer trade, so it was highway driven for a few more hundred kilometres. It needed to be clayed and detailed very badly. My focus was built just 2 hours away and had a dozen miles on the clock when I picked it up and did not need to be clay barred.

I drag my fingers across the paint. If it feels like perfectly smooth glass, it does not need to be clay barred, but if you can feel imperfections, it could probably use it.
10-15-2012 11:23 PM
ocfocus5
waxing your car

I have used zaino bros for years and have never had a problem, Just picked up my hatchback titanium, washed with dawn soap to remove any rail dust etc. then I clayed the entire car.Go to zainobros.com for a complete list for application.try it once and you will be amazed goes on by hand wipes off by hand.each coat adds more shine
09-29-2012 10:10 PM
dbenney I know this thread is a little old, but I picked up my car on 8/17 and fully washed, clayed, sealed and waxed it 2 weeks later. The paint was not very smooth from the factory and after the clay bar it felt amazingly smooth. I used Meguiar's wash, Meguiar's clay kit, wolfgang paint sealant 3.0 and Autoglym hd wax. Its amazing the difference a good quality wax makes.
09-07-2012 12:31 PM
RonMaiden
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Originally Posted by lyonsroar View Post
The paint is ready for anything you throw at it by the time it leaves the factory.

YEs a brand new car needs clay. The transportation and assembly process leads to something called "rail dust" which is little bits of iron and industrial fallout that gets bonded to the clear coat. The clay will remove this.
100% agreed.

I clayed my car about a month after I had it and the surface already had contaminants on the paint and you could really feel them plus the rain sports from sitting outside the dealer were prominent.
I used the Meguire's clay kit and the surface came out as smooth as the proverbial baby's butt.
Definetly clay bar your car first thing and then get a good poilish and wax on it.
09-07-2012 12:10 PM
gsxrboy You can follow this website on how to clean your care and bring back the shine.

www.ammonyc.com

In the video he suggests to use dish detergent to remove any wax on the car and start from scratch by using compounds. Then you will apply wax as needed. Dish soap is only used in cases that you want to remove the wax build up and get to the paint to better remove the swirl marks. For new cars we just simply wash and wax as needed.

The website has some excellent videos on how to wash a car, wax it and maintain the appearance.
08-29-2012 08:33 PM
lanting90 Plus most dealers instill holograms and swirls when they "prep" the cars.
Post a pic of direct light on the paint. Then we can go from there. Most quality polish companies offer product designed for brand new paint as well.
07-03-2012 07:02 PM
lyonsroar The paint is ready for anything you throw at it by the time it leaves the factory.

YEs a brand new car needs clay. The transportation and assembly process leads to something called "rail dust" which is little bits of iron and industrial fallout that gets bonded to the clear coat. The clay will remove this.
07-03-2012 06:19 PM
DEREKC You should completely detail the car. The paint is completely cured before it leaves the factory. I would recommend the following.

Iron-X
Clay
Wash
Dry.
Wax/Seal
Treat Windshield with Aquapel

http://www.autogeek.net/detailingtips.html

Enjoy!!
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