Step by step Instructions for using MEGUIAR'S SMOOTH SURFACE CLAY
Clay removes contaminants that have bonded to your paintwork which can’t be shifted by washing alone. Above surface contaminants such as industrial fallout, tree sap and bird lime can be detected by running your fingertips over the paint finish after washing and drying. Any ‘grittiness’ felt can be removed using Meguiar’s Detailing Clay.
- Wash and dry your car thoroughly to remove as much of the dirt, grime, and other contaminants from the surface as possible
- Cut the clay bar into two or three pieces in order to get more use from each bar.
- Squeeze the clay in your hand until it becomes easily pliable. Roll it into a ball and flatten it into a circular shape that is about 3/4 inches (1.91 cm) thick.
- Use Meguiar's Spray Detailer generously over an area measuring approximately 2 feet (0.6 m) by 2 feet (.61 m by .61 m).
- Slide the clay back and forth gently over the Meguiar's Spray Detailer area using as little pressure as possible. Add more Meguiar's Spray Detailer if the clay sticks while you're trying to slide it. You should hear and feel the clay picking up contaminants as it slides over the surface.
- Fold the clay in half when it becomes dirty and knead it over itself until you have a clean surface. Be sure to examine the clay periodically to make sure that it doesn't pick up any large particles that could scratch your car's paint when you're sliding the clay over the car's surface area.
- Wipe the Meguiar's Spray Detailer off the car using a clean microfiber towel. The paint should be as smooth as a sheet of glass. If it isn't, clay the area again.
- Repeat the claying process, one section at a time, until the entire car has been clayed. Overlap new areas with surrounding areas already cleaned to ensure even coverage and cleaning.
- Apply a coat of wax or sealant, according to the instructions on the packaging, in order to protect the paint from corrosion that can form in the tiny holes that had been previously filled with contaminants before claying.