Auto-clay has become an important part of the car care routine in recent years, it provides a method of removing harmful contamination from vehicle paint finishes, improving its durability and increasing the gloss level of subsequent waxes. Its excellent for frequent use, less contaminated paint and winter / cold climate use.
Contamination can consist of tiny metallic particles from rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout; or non-metallic substances such as tree sap, bird droppings or insect residue. It affects all paint finishes and can cause serious damage when left untreated. Surprisingly, even brand-new cars and trucks can suffer from paint contamination.
Metallic contamination is perhaps the worst offender; whilst stuck into the paint surface it corrodes and expands leading to the onset of paint film destruction. Paint contamination can be felt as a rough or gritty texture on the freshly cleaned paint's surface. To assess the degree of contamination on you car's finish simply rub your fingers gently over the freshly washed paint - to magnify the sensation place a piece of cellophane beneath your finger tips and gently rub back and forth - if your paint needs to be clayed you will feel the gritty texture. It is usual to find that horizontal panels such as bonnet roof and boot lid are the most affected.
auto-clay removes these particles effortlessly from contaminated surfaces leaving a glass- smooth ultra-clean finish perfectly prepared for the application of auto-balm, finis-wax, hydra-wax or micro-fine A clay prepared paint surface is not only free of damaging particles but will provide better shine and durability when treated with waxes etc.