Is Clay Bar Detailing Worth It?
May 30, 2018
Have you heard of clay bar detailing?
Chances are the answer is “no” - unless you’ve gotten professional auto detailing done before.
But now that you’re thinking about it...
What is Clay Bar Detailing?
Clay bar detailing is when you use an engineered elastic clay compound to remove particles from your car’s surface that a thorough car wash could never get. This includes:
- Brake dust
- Metal dust
- Industrial pollution
- Road grit
Everywhere you go, your car is being pelted with miniscule particles that bond to its surface.
They can work their way down through the clear protective coat, through your paint, and all the way down to the metal frame.
You’ll know you have a lot of particle buildup if you run your fingers along the paint after you wash your car.
Does it feel bumpy?
You’ve got particle buildup. But this won’t be solved with a simple wash. You need clay bar detailing.
How Does It Work?
Clay bar detailing takes place after a wash and dry, but before a polish.
Using a clay bar is pretty simple. We just need 3 things:
- A detailing spray or clay bar lubricant
- The clay bar
- A microfibre cloth
First, we apply the detailing spray or clay lubricant to a small area of your car. This is important: without some sort of lubricant, the clay could damage your car’s paint.
Then we slowly glide the clay along the body of your car. It’ll grab the surface, and pick up the particulates that bonded to the paint and frame.
Think of it a bit like Play-Doh. It moves and stretches in a similar way, and picks up dirt and particles - just like Play-Doh does.
When the clay stops gripping the surface and glides smoothly, we’ve gotten all the particulates from that area. We’ll wipe it down to remove any lingering residue, and do a touch-test. The paint should be smooth - no bumps.
We repeat this process until we’ve finished your entire car. We then follow up with a hand-wax and machine buff to get you that new-car shine.
Can Clay Bars Fix Existing Paint Damage?
There’s a common misconception that clay bars will also remove scratches and swirls from the paint.
This is not true.
Clay bars are purely for removing bonded particles to prevent future damage, like paint swirls. They cannot fix existing damage.
So… Is it Worth It?
You may not be able to see these particles, but they’re constantly there, settling on the different layers of your car’s paint.
Over time, these particles could permanently damage your paint.
These particles also prevent wax and polish from working properly, which means you don’t get as clear a shine.
If you want to protect your paint job in the future and have your car looks its best, clay bar detailing is absolutely worth it.
What Else is Included in a Bemac Detailing?
Clay bar detailing is only one part of a Bemac detailing. You’ll also get:
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It's important that you're detailing your car semi-monthly to maintain it's condition.
Whether you want your car to look fresh for a special occasion, give someone a useful gift, or just want that new-car feel, a Bemac detailing will do the trick.
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