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Old 07-03-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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if its BRAND new, I would recommend holding off on the heavy duty detailing for at least a month.

It isn't necessary or wise to do any intensive work on fresh paint.

A clay bar does not "add shine"
A clay bar is used to remove contaminants that are embedded into the clear-coat over time. Sap, minerals from hard water, etc. Since its brand new, no time has passed and you have zero reason to use a clay bar.

If I were you, I would hold off on the detail and just wash/wax the car for now. In a month or so I would recommend having someone do a full detail, polish, and sealant. This will keep your car shiny and well-protected.
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