Washing a car will remove loose dirt, but it won’t shift everything. See those dead flies hanging on like Stallone in Cliffhanger? Plus the little black blobs of tar on the lower half… and we haven’t even mentioned the stuff you can’t see...
Claying may mar soft paint or delicate finishes, so proceed with caution. Our clay is a fine grade so perfect for most cars but it may not suit all. Vintage and fresh paints are most at risk, so avoid claying and seek the advice of a detailer.
Ideally leave the car wet after rinsing the car at the wash stage. Have a quick look and see what ‘spot’ contamination there is and whether it can be removed with a bit of Detailing Spray and a Buffing and Polishing Cloth. Tackling tar and bugs this way stops your clay becoming contaminated too quickly.
Move the clay pancake over the lubed paint surface, applying light pressure with your fingertips. You'll feel the resistance and grittiness disappear as the clay does its work. Once the clay face becomes dirty, fold the clay over to trap the dirt and carry on, using the clean clay face. Only fold the clay over once or twice more, then bin it.