Claying is a popular auto detailing technique provided by San Diego Mobile Auto Detail. Clay bar treatments involve removing paint, tint coatings, water marks, previous waxes, and just about anything else from the surface. Using this technique, the clay bar will help pry out stuck contaminants and loose dirt, and will leave a smooth surface. Because it does not have any sharp edges, it cannot damage the paint, glass or plastic trim. We have helped tons of Alpine California customers just like you renew their top coat and improve the look of their vehicle.
Automotive clay bars are a necessity for professional detailers because they can be expensive and hard to purchase. In most cases, they must be bought as a single unit rather than chaining together and sold as a set, which can be more expensive. Nevertheless if you are serious about having a high quality detailing job at a fraction of the cost of a mass produced machine, or if you just want to invest in a tool that you can use at home without having to detail at a professional shop, then a automotive clay bar is a cheap, effective and widely available necessity. Not all detailed use top quality resins though so please be sure to do your homework and do not select just any detailer. San Diego Mobile Auto Detail uses the best quality resins. Give us a try and see the difference and see why other Alpine California customers love our service!
Clay bars are made in many different forms and sizes. There are 2 broad categories of clay: non-formed and formed. In the former it is the amount of clay used that determines the shape and reflectivity of the finish while in the later it is amount of time or temperature spent on the application that determines the shape and matte. Generally speaking, clay is a one-time-use item that is heated and/or heated and a pressure washer. For ideal results pre-formed automotive clays are highly recommended.
It is critical to wash the automotive clay bar or its residue with a high pressure spray prior to the application. Most commercial Clay Bars have a lubricant which prevents the residue from scratching the paint and possibly causing a While claying is abrasive, it does not have the high solids and acidic nature of surface scratches. It is critical to remove all residue before pre-formulating with the clay.
To prepare the clays, make sure the bar is clean and dry before you begin claying. Do not use harsh ammonia-based cleaning agents as this can cause oxidation and acidification of the paint. If the vehicle has listed EuropeSlide, smoothen the bar with a 320 or 165 degree heat. Measuring above this point will generate additional material and dull the chrome.Clay Bars are relatively " fresh" because they can be re-formed if initially used without issue.
Generally, a fine clay is a better choice, a medium grade offers more acceptability and a fine clay loses some of its ability to be modified post molds. There are three types of automotive clays: a wet cray, a dry cray and a grit pad/snow pad. Wet clays can be further classified as wet sanding, wet sanding II and dry clays that are dry clayed.
Parts that require aluminum oxide or ground nickel can be enhanced by the use of a plate coating process. This is where tiny particles of the appropriate metal, mixed with small amounts of clay, are applied to the part. The appropriate texture is then achieved by varying the amount of the appropriate color.
Because aluminum oxide or ground nickel is more extensively used these days and because there is a lower cost in producing these elements, premium automotive clays are typically more abrasive than their lower quality counterparts. Therefore using a lesser brand such as demini or locker stock would be somewhat better in this situation.
Notably, automotive clays offer a variety of benefits, drawbacks and specialty applications that make them useful in varied situations. For instance depending on the part, a clay bar may need to be heated and/or allowed to cool for full effect whereas many clays offer temperature and duration of heating/cooling to accomplish the same result.