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Hey guys.

 

I just did some searches on the clay and wax kits and decided on mothers.

 

http://www.autobarn.net/ch07240.html

 

I don't really have a buffer or anything, just some rags and my own two hands. According to the page it doesn't really say anything about requiring a buffer, but will I still get great results without a buffer?

 

My 94' has never been clayed, but is waxed a lot. The kit comes with that carnauba(sp) stuff, which is supposed to be the best. $14 is kinda hard to beat, so I was considering taking a sunday and doin' all this. I have access to a garage if need be. My paint is kinda rough in a few places. Not like faded paint, but bumps from dust and film I guess?

 

Hopefully this will restore the paint somewhat. Its a 12 year old truck and has lived outside its entire life, so I don't expect it to look brand new, but close would be nice.

 

Any tips, hints?

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You`ll do fine. Spray the detailer on after it is washed and dryied. Use the clay to rub on the body, keep it wet where you are working, cause it will stick. Wipe the area dry with a clean towel. Do it in sections! You will feel the difference immediately. Follow up with the cleaner wax, and you`re done. You may need more wax if you`re doing a suburban, but, should be plenty for a truck. Follow up with a buff with a clean & dry towel.

Make sure it is clean and dry, and also the paint is cool! Do not try in the sun.

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Follow the advice above on the clay bar - make sure the truck is clean, dry, and in the shade and the metal is not hot to the touch. Make sure to use lots of lubricant, after you have clayed you can wipe the excess lube off with a towel so it won't leave spots. Turn the clay every once in a while, if you drop it - throw it away. It will pick up dirt and it will be like taking sand paper to the finish. At this point - a good liquid polish would help followed by a good carnuba wax. The wax just protects the paint - the polish will give it more of a shine and also take out some of the surface scratches.

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If the paint is rough I would suggest trying Poorboys SSR 2.5. My dad has a 92 S-10 that he drives daily to a steel mill. The environment kills the paint. The surface was very rough. I gave him some of this to try and he used it then waxed his truck and it made it silky smooth again. The paint job didnt look 100% but it looked a ton better compared to what it did look like.

 

http://www.poorboysworld.com/super-swirl-removers.htm

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Thanks a lot guys. Unfortunatly I didn't see Ryan's post about the SSR until after I purchased the stuff.

 

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They didn' thave the mothers system, so I went wiht the Meguair's. I think this should be a great start. I've been told I should see pretty huge results with the clay and Carnauba.

 

The paint isnt' really rough per-se but there are some swirls, that maybe next time I'll pick upa bottle of that SSR stuff. Hopefully this will make a huge difference. I'm really anxious to do it.

 

EDIT - I just picked up some Meguire's Polish to complete the 3 step program. I have some light scratches from the da*n stray cat, that I think I can get. Thanks again everyone. I'll be sure to post some before and after shots.

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Holy crap fellas....so far all I've done is clay and my truck feels like a baby's butt. I can't wait to polish and wax. I can't stop touching my paint is soooo smooth. I have a stepside, and on the drivers side step it was kinda bumpy regaurdless of how I washed or how much I waxed. After I clayed it completely smoothed out the spot, but thats when I started to see the clay bar turn yellow. I guess the more it discolors, the more contaminated your paint was.

 

So far I'm extremely happy.

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ok guys, I finished the 3 step process early this evening and I'm very very pleased wiht the results. I did the clay, polish, wax and my paint is like glass.

 

Heres a shot of the side. I think it shows the texture ok. Sorry its notta better picture

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Thanks everyone for the advice!

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  • 3 months later...

Looks excellent, nice job. I would suggest sealing the paint and then waxing over that. Black can get real deep. Klasse All in One is an excellent and easy to use sealant. I had my truck less than a week and I had it clay bar'ed, a layer of Klasse All-In-One, 3 layers of Klasse glaze and Mequires NXT wax...excellent results. Just something to keep in mind especially during your summer months to protect fading from the sun. This stuff has been known to last for a over a year alone. Here's a few pics of my truck which is black, not trying to jack your thread, but you can see results from a another step....nice truck BTW

 

http://autopia-carcare.com/kus-kla-10.html

 

Hood

 

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Side of truck--Don't mind the cat he is ALIVE

 

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Must be the season for clay baring! :(

 

I keep a real clean truck and did the clay bar last weekend for the first time. I totally agree with you guys, its a great way to restore that mirror finish. I didn't think the clay bar did much to the nice flat clean areas of the truck like the roof and hood until I started waxing. I missed a spot about the size of a pot holder on my hood and I couldn't believe the difference in shine on that spot after applying the wax. The spot I missed was noticeably dull compared to the rest of the truck. I plan on clay baring once a month during the summer. Worked great!

 

Steve

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ok guys, I finished the 3 step process early this evening and I'm very very pleased wiht the results.  I did the clay, polish, wax and my paint is like glass.

 

Heres a shot of the side.  I think it shows the texture ok.  Sorry its notta better picture

P1010003.jpg

 

 

Thanks everyone for the advice!

 

 

 

When do you want to come and do mine? :(

 

Mine probably needs it bad. I've always been putting it off because I always have that fear of screwing up the paint. I already have swirl marks in it, I assume from handwaxing it, but I'm not sure. Being black, swirl marks suck. Although I do admit that removing that crappy plastic trim was the best thing I could have done. Yours looks excellent!

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