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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaner than Factory! Claying a Terrain...

Gave the Terrain its first clay this evening. It looks better and it's cleaner then how it was delivered to me.

The secret here is claying - the process of rubbing clay over the surface of the car to remove the thin layer of crap that no amount of washing can get. After claying, the surface of the vehicle feels glassy smooth - and this is before any wax or polish. Waxing is a process of cleaning - you're not adding chemials, polishes, waxes, or anything of the sort. You're simply cleaning the surface (but perhaps waxing afterwards if you like...).

Anyhow, a quick and tell for the folks here at terrainforum.net! Keep in mind, Jewel Merlot is the only color worth showing off

Materials I used: Several clean microfiber cloths, claying kit (which includes a clay bar(s) and lubricant) (I used http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+G1016"]this Meguires kit[/URL]), and some good music.

1. Wash the car. I took it to a good local washer, but did just a basic wash. You don't want to apply waxes or other chemicals.

2. Started the clay process once the vehicle was dry. You spray a generous amount of lubricant (included in the clay kit) onto a surface of the vehicle (I started with the hood), and then lightly move the clay back and forth along the surface (no circular motions). You'll immediately feel the clay picking up all sorts of stuff. After a pass or two, you will feel the surface becoming smooth. Once the section is complete, wipe the rest of the lubricant off with a clean cloth. You'll notice the surface has gotten very clean/smooth.

Before:



After Clay (no waxes / polishes added [yet]). The surface feels like glass:



Look at how much dirt a single pass with a bit of clay did (again, on a freshly "cleaned" car). I folded over the clay several times, so about 20x this much dirt was removed, JUST on the front end, AFTER the car was "cleaned".



3. Proceed with Wax/Polish. I use Meguires No.2 polish w/ carnuba wax. It's treated me well over the years:



4. Repeat all over...

This evening I did only the front end (front quarter panels, hood, bumper). Here's some more after pictures:

Before - Clean'ish, but not truly showroom clean. If you run your hand along the surface, it's smooth, but not glassy smooth:


After:

(Note, the doors weren't done)



Any questions you have are welcome.

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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 10:31 PM
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Re: Cleaner than Factory! Claying a Terrain...

Thanks for the info. I agree with your colour choice as well I pick mine up tomorrow at 1 PM...........I can't wait!!!

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Wow, that looks great!

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Re: Cleaner than Factory! Claying a Terrain...

Looks great... although it seems like a lot of work. How long does such a look last?

What is the risk of scratching the clearcoat/paint with that clay process?

Merlot is a really nice colour... I love red vehicles and would have gone with Merlot if the shade was just a little more red. Carbon black metallic is totally the wrong choice for someone like me that doesn't take the time to even hand wash. Heck, most of the time I just hit a manual car wash and use the spray (no soap) to get some of the road grime off. My Terrain has not been literally touched in the six months I've owned it.

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Re: Cleaner than Factory! Claying a Terrain...

wow, that looks awesome scotty! i've always been a little apprehensive about claying since i've never done it, but i may need to look into it now. though i'm sure doing the entire vehicle would take quite a while.

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wow, that looks awesome scotty! i've always been a little apprehensive about claying since i've never done it, but i may need to look into it now. though i'm sure doing the entire vehicle would take quite a while.
Yeah i was apprehensive too the first time, but i practiced on one of our older cars first. Truthfully the older car needed it worse of course, but i was able to get the technique down. And yes doing the whole vehicle takes a while...
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Re: Cleaner than Factory! Claying a Terrain...

We purchased the Sym Tech lifetime Paint and Rust Warranty.
Any ideas if claying would have a detrimental effect whatsoever?

Our Terrain has only had hand, soft cloth and no-touch car washes since purchase and still looks fabulous 8 months, IMHO.
I may give claying a try on our older cars, but can't remember if they had any "treatment" by the dealer.

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Looks great... although it seems like a lot of work. How long does such a look last?
I won't lie, it's a fair amount of work. To do the whole car, you can write off an afternoon. That being said, keeping the car cleaned and waxed helps keep it cleaner, longer, since dirt has a hard time adhering to the surface.

Also keep in mind the long-term picture, the cleaner you keep something, the longer it keeps looking new. Clay/Wax a couple times a year and your car will look factory new in 10 years.

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What is the risk of scratching the clearcoat/paint with that clay process?
If you're reasonably careful, very low. The theory is you've cleaned the car fairly well before starting the clay, so there's only a small layer of dirt that you need to remove (and hence why only clay can remove it). If you keep folding the clay over (so you have a clean clay surface), and use lots of lubricant, nothing should scratch, because the clay is doing its job.

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We purchased the Sym Tech lifetime Paint and Rust Warranty.
Any ideas if claying would have a detrimental effect whatsoever?
Don't think so. Again, claying is simply a cleaning process, you're not adding chemicals or removing chemicals. You're simply removing dirt from the surface, just like washing. Like I said in my previous post, as long as you're reasonable and making sure you're not being silly about it (i.e. claying a really dirty can without washing it first), there isn't much that claying will hurt. Again, it's just cleaning.

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Re: Cleaner than Factory! Claying a Terrain...

Where do you get the "clay"?

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