Professional Carwashing & Detailing

All about clay, part 5

June 26, 2013

Body clay remains a fantastic tool for removing over-spray but other important uses have been developed.

Deposits on paint surfaces of any type continue to be a challenge to many detail technicians and clay can come to the rescue and assist at achieving higher quality work.

Not only are technicians using clay on paint, many parts of a vehicle can be enhanced with the use of clay including:

1. Wheels: When clay has served its life by restoring paint surfaces and is nearly ready to be tossed, it can then be put to work on wheels and wheel-well trim.

Clay works great at removing stubborn wheel stains and deposits. The painted areas within the wheel-well trim are another area that nearly discarded clay can improve.

2. Windows: While several methods exist for cleaning windows, clay can also be an effective source for removing bugs, road film and other contaminates from windshields and side windows.

3. Chrome bumpers: When bug and road grime build up on chrome bumpers and trim, clay can be an effective avenue to try.

4. Front grills: For example, a newly purchased truck was delivered, and it was quickly noticed that the chrome grill had a tremendous amount of hard water deposits.

Using clay within the recesses of the grill, all hard water spots were safely removed without affecting the grill finish.

5. Pre-polishing prep: Before polishing paint, some detailers prefer to clay. This preps the paint, making certain the surface is smooth and clean of paint deposits.