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Old 03-13-2006, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by zentenn
I've had my car for 3 months now and am about to take the plunge and do the clay bar thing. After reading all the posts in this thread all of my questions have been answered, I think. There are a couple of things I want to get straight in my mind before I proceed.

1) How much pressure do you apply to the clay, if any?
Not very much. Allow it to glide over the surface, with a small amount of pressure. The key is to use plenty of lubricant.

2) Can you use any dish washing detergent to remove the old wax, or does it have to be Dawn? I've been told using the clay removes the wax, so why do you need Dawn?
I recommend not using any detergent on your car. It will remove the wax from the paint, and also dries out the paint, and there will be parts of the painted surface that you won't be able to wax, that will be left unprotected.

3) After I clay the car, do I need to polish it before I wax it? THis is probably a stupid question and I guess the answer depends upon if there are any swirl marks or scratches.
Not necessary, unless the surface requires it.

I bought one of these and can't wait to use it

Edit: What is the advantage of washing the sides of your car vertically?
2005 545i - sold
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