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    I am about to embark upon a detailing project for my 2005 X5 and have the following questions

    I am going to use detailing clay - do I then polish after (or before) or can I go straight to wax and seal - I have read different detailing guides that differ slightly on this.

    Secondly, it is a large vehicle and will take some time to do - I probably wont have the time to do the pre-wash, wash, clay, wax and seal in one go. My concern is if the car is left overnight that dirt, dust and other contaminants will settle on the body work and I dont want to work these in to the paintwork. Do I have to was the car again to carry on or should I be able to get away with a good water rinse and dry before proceeding?

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    hello, im no expert on detailling,
    but...

    when using detailing clay, you use it after washing and drying you can polish straight after claying if you wish or you can go straight onto waxing

    when i done mine i washed-dryed-clayed-waxed didnt bother with polishing

    if you start it one day then carry on the next i would wash it again before you do anything,

    if i was you, i would wash and clay it one day
    then the next polish or wax

    its always best to apply two coats of wax as well on diffrent days washing both times
     
     

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    ok thanks
     
     

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    Depends on your cars colour. If its garaged overnight (and you didn't drive it after claying) you could get away with a detailing spray

    This is what I do:

    Wash - rinse (leave car wet) - clay - polish - wax - leave 24hours then wax again

    But remember dark coloured cars will need a machine polish if you've got minor cobwebbing/swirls as the claying process brings these up more.

    What kind of products are you using?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post

    This is what I do:

    Wash - rinse (leave car wet) - clay - polish - wax - leave 24hours then wax again
    I normally give car a quick wash after claying to remove the clay residue from bodywork. I do think car should at least be rinsed after claying.

    To OP, I would receommend going for Bilt Hamber clay. It does a great job and the beauty of it is that you can use water as lube. For most other clays, you need to use Clay lube or other products to keep bodywork lubed up.

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    ^^ Yep I forgot to add that stage. I manage to get it all done in a day including machining the car.
     
     

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    I usually give it a snow foam and rinse after claying if its left overnight, as my garage is too small to store big cars like the mothers x5 otherwise just a wipe over with QD...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3
    ^^ Yep I forgot to add that stage. I manage to get it all done in a day including machining the car.
    Yep I normally take about 5 hrs from start to finish

    Just bought myself a Dual Action polisher and hex-logic pads yesterday. Will be doing some minor correction and a full polish.

    I reckon it's going to be a loooong day when I get round to detailing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzle77 View Post
    Yep I normally take about 5 hrs from start to finish

    Just bought myself a Dual Action polisher and hex-logic pads yesterday. Will be doing some minor correction and a full polish.

    I reckon it's going to be a loooong day when I get round to detailing
    You'll have biceps like Arnie at the end off it
     
     

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