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Old 06 June 2010, 12:43   #11
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I ended up with a wax called Smartwax. The worst thing was getting rid of 1 million little flies that had decided to commit suicide on the roof of the car leading up to the car wash. Their little wings had burnt and glued themselves to the roof and could only be removed with Mer polish.

After I got the car looking as good as I could I set about applying the Smartwax. Very easy to apply and pretty easy to remove too. The only thing I would say was it was difficult to remove from the black plastic trim pieces and kept staining them with light/grey patches. This was only remedied with back to black bumper trim restorer.

My shoulder ached for days afterwards.

Time for a wash again
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Did you use a clay bar in the end (before waxing)?
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Did you use a clay bar in the end (before waxing)?
He can't have done, he wouldn;t have been able to type if he had!
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No, I didn't have a clay bar when I came to wash the car. Whilst I was polishing all those dead fly wings off I remember I was thinking that I wished I'd bought one
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Aclay bar makes light work of flies and tar spots, leaves the paint feeling like glass.
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we used a clay bar on our trusty old CRV which is really the firms dogsbody of a car. The paintwork was unbelievably bad with embedded contaminents from sea air, blackpool tramway, gypsum deliveries at one of the ports we work from and general neglect. T cut would not work on it, it just destroyed the cloth, impossible to polish it. Used a clay bar and quik detailer as the lubricant and the finish is unbeleivable. Absolutely gleaming. Addictive though-neighbours reckon that much car cleaning is an unhealthy obsession and perhaps I should be taking pills to cure it
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I guess a clay bar will be on order though ebay pretty soon
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A clay bar will also remove any other wax previously applied.
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A clay bar will also remove any other wax previously applied.
Yes indeed.

Also, for any converts to clay, you should really only do it once a year. It is abrasive, although only to a very small extent, however it's not something to do at every wash as you'll end up going through the clear coat. But annually it's ideal, as it takes 12 months worth of crud off....
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Also, for any converts to clay, you should really only do it once a year. It is abrasive
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You can still use the clay bar on a new car - it's non abrasive .
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