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Old 12-05-2007
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i tried the whole claybar **** and didnt get any better result then w/o it. i used megurirs on my 93 f-150 with 3 yr old paint and all i did was waste my time. either i keep it really clean or that **** was old.

i do like the 3 stage they offer and use that twice a year. i also subsitute the carnuba wax for gold class and then top it off with the NXT, so technically its a 4 stage.
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Old 02-06-2008
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So ya'll use Meguir's clay bar and wax? I know I currently am using Meguir's wax, can't remember which one I think NXT. Does the Clay bar kit come with the wax and if not which one should I use?
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After you use the claybar kit, still use your NXT. it'll work fine
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I've done a few cars in the past and all have come out great.

wash with dish soap
clay bar
wash with car wash soap
wax

Lots of work and I am dreading doing somthing larger than a compact car but the truck needs to be done.
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Old 02-13-2008
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So ya'll use Meguir's clay bar and wax? I know I currently am using Meguir's wax, can't remember which one I think NXT. Does the Clay bar kit come with the wax and if not which one should I use?
I use only Meguirs products. After you use the claybar, use the NXT wax, then in between waxes, you can use the "Ultimate" Detailer. I use it once a week....makes my truck look as if I just waxed it.
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ill have to get one
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Is it extremely important to wash the truck after clay barring and before waxing? I dont mind washing it it just seems like washing it after would take away that slickness that the clay bar gives it.
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ive never heard of this but it sounds like a must
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Is it extremely important to wash the truck after clay barring and before waxing? I dont mind washing it it just seems like washing it after would take away that slickness that the clay bar gives it.
After I claybar..i always wax. No need to wash after claybaring.
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Old 03-11-2008
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I jsut used the clay kit for the first time on my truck a few days ago. Wash, clay, and wax. It turned out awesome! Then the next day I got my truck all dirty, it's just what I do, oh well at least it was clean for almost 24 hours.
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no need to wash after you claybar.

a good way to tell the differance when claybaring is to take the cellophane that cigarettes are wrapped in and pu a few fingers in it and rub them over your paint.
Then claybar an area and rub it again.

Before claybaring the paint should feel gritty, after it should be smooth as a baby's bottom.

The cellophane enhances the sensitvity to touch.

All clay bar is the same so find the cheapest, spray an area, say 1 ft x 1 ft, with detailer spray, rub your clay bar untill the paint is smooth. If you have never done this before it might take alot of work, if you do it twice a year like I do or the car is new it's a breeze.
Wipe the area dry with a soft cloth, microfiber is best.

I personally then use a polish and finish with a wax. Do this twice a year, and wax as needed in between. I don't care about the truck so much since it's pretty scratched up, but my last car was 5 years old when I sold it and the paint looked as good then as it did when I bought it.
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i just clay barded my truck today, its the ****.

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black looks hot claybared... makes it look really wet
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the clay bar rocks out again. lol. looks better the when it came off the lot.

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I use all mothers, the instant detailer & claybar....After I put about 2 coats of Zaino on my truck


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Damn! that stuff works great!

One question though, could it possibly damage the clear coat if used too much?
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You only really need to claybar maybe once a year. I did mine over 7 months ago, and still has that ""wet" look to it.
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I need to do mine so bad.
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I need to do mine so bad.

You and I both, this winter was brutal on my truck
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it gives it a wet look because the clay helps open the pores to the clearcoat. So when you apply wax/polish it is a more.... purer surface to be treated. And it really doesn't matter what brand you use, they are all made by one manufacture. The cheap rip off kinds are not allowed to be sold anywhere.
No you can't damage your paint from doing it too often. You can damage it if you get the coarse graded stuff, usually red, and rarely sold to the public. You have to be in the detail biz to get your hands on some
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Wow, 5-9 hours? try 2-3 maybe.
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Holy crap, talk about an old thread....
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So it's probably imperative to wash it with, say dish soap, to get all the old wax off before the clay bar process?
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I never use dish soap. I go to the car wash, and after I soak my truck down real good, I use a sponge to get the dirt off. Just the pressure won't usually get the dirt off. Dish soap is a good way to get the wax thats on there, off.
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1. Hand Wash
2. Clay
3. Polish
4. Glaze
5. Wax
Do that twice a year and it will look great all year around. I live in Illinois and this works wonders on daily drivers.
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