Decontaminating your Paintwork

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by dweino » Sun May 06, 2018 4:18 pm

Great guide , never clayed before but gonna give it a try now the weather is nice .

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by AP118i » Tue May 29, 2018 3:47 pm

Any advice here please? I've noticed that the paint on the roof is rough to the touch and also on the bonnet and tailgate. Both sides are as smooth as silk. I've had the car 6 months (AUC and paint as smooth as silk at sale) and have not polished or waxed it since purchase.

I only noticed the roughness yesterday after washing the car so tried SRP on the roof thinking that would get rid of the coarseness but it didn't make any difference but there were black specs on the cloth afterwards. Is a DA polish an option to remove the fallout or will only claying do it?

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Post by Sam1er » Tue May 29, 2018 4:32 pm

Black spots are usually tar spots, i would first use a dedicated tar remover on the black spots then clay the roof before polishing and waxing.
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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by AP118i » Wed May 30, 2018 10:23 am

Cheers. For a first time clayer would you recommend I use a bar or mitt? I think you can get a 'towel' now also!
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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by Sam1er » Wed May 30, 2018 4:45 pm

If your car has never been clayed before, i would go with a bar. I use a mitt for maintenance after the car has been clayed for the first time as you usually get alot more crud on the paint built up over the years. Main thing with clay is use plenty of lubricant. I usually just use a mix of car shampoo and water in a spray bottle and also keep a bucket full handy to rinse the clay mitt in after every panel or half panel depending on how bad the car is contaminated.
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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by AP118i » Thu May 31, 2018 11:20 am

Thanks - much appreciated.
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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by AP118i » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:30 pm

Nervous about using a bar so I ended up using a Farecla G3 Mitt and it worked a treat!
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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by Joe77 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:33 pm

Bilt hamber clay is good the soft variety will be just fine. Its what i use.

Auto glanz pro range tar and iron remover very cheap very effwctive

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by Goon » Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:54 pm

I recently washed the car and used a slab of white tack whilst washing, although not strictly classed as claying it did get dirty quite quickly showing what kind of crap is left behind by mitt or cloth washing. Great guide.

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by Rbarlow59877 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:43 pm

I tend to Clay my car only once a year (Post winter prep) as it can cause paint damage if done incorrectly. Too many times I’ve seen guys claying their cars on a monthly or even weekly basis. A good quality iron fallout remover does trick. Only my personal opinion but then again my car is coated in Gtechniq EXO for extra protection.

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by G4RDS » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:43 pm

Really good write up! Had a few questions but reading through the thread they have all been answered. Will be doing this very soon.

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by lukeallison » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:27 pm

Brilliant write-up, I learned a lot. I'm wondering if using a fallout remover on metallic paint is risky with the potential to remove the metal flecks? Perhaps the clear coat should prevent this from happening but thought I'd check. Is de-contaminating a standard part of the procedure for an exterior detail? If not, maybe I'll do this step before taking my car in for a detail.

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by marco_polo » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:15 pm

lukeallison wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:27 pm
Brilliant write-up, I learned a lot. I'm wondering if using a fallout remover on metallic paint is risky with the potential to remove the metal flecks? Perhaps the clear coat should prevent this from happening but thought I'd check. Is de-contaminating a standard part of the procedure for an exterior detail? If not, maybe I'll do this step before taking my car in for a detail.
No, zero risk to your metallic flakes as A) they're not ferric, and B) they're encapsulated under the clear coat.

I'd give the whole car a liberal spray with Korrosol, bodywork and wheels. Costs very little and it's fascinating to see all the iron it finds.
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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by lukeallison » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:15 am

Thoughts on Maguires Ultimate Compound as a polishing step before sealing the wheels? (clear coated alloy wheels).

I have a bottle of the stuff handy and wouldn't mind polishing the rims after decontaminating them to get a bit of depth and sheen.

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Re: Decontaminating your Paintwork

Post by efunc » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:52 pm

AP118i wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:30 pm
Nervous about using a bar so I ended up using a Farecla G3 Mitt and it worked a treat!
I've had some Meguiars clay, still sealed, kicking around for over 10 years I think! not sure if it actually looses effectiveness.
Anyway, the fussiness of using it put me off ever giving it a try, but the G3 Clay Mitt has been awesome and used it loads. Admittedly, it's so simple to use you have to be careful you don't get too blase about it and excerise some caution, but generally it's a huge time saver. You just need to use lots of good lube.

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