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    ive been looking at getting some meguairs clay or similar to clay my e46 compact next time i give it a good wash and wax,

    just wondering whats the advantage of claying a cars paintwork as apposed to just washing and waxing?? will it remove light surface scratches??
     
     

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    Claying will remove all the particles that get in the paint work and leave your car smooth as glass but wont get rid of scratches-you will need to use polish which is mildly abrasive to remove light scratches.
    I just got my first clay bar this weekend but haven't tried it out yet but have heard good things about them-make sure its well lubricated and should just slide over your paintwork-there are full instructions on the meguiares clay kit
     
     

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    Its real easy, the kit has some instructions, also a video on you-tube showing how to clay. I am a relative newbie to it in the past few months, but have converted many others.
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    do you lubricate it with the spray that comes with it?? i think im going to give it a go, seems like it would be worth while!

    anyone recommend any good polish/scratch remover??

    i bought some meguairs scratch x 2.0 remover for £8 and it literally did nothing!! only wanted to remove a few very light surface scratches around the door handles and it didnt make a slight bit of difference!
     
     

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    Just had a look at the youtube video, this stuff looks good but he was using it on a fairly new car, you think it has limitations as to what it can do for older cars or will it work just the same but needing more effort, any problems with using it on metalic paints? I assume you then put a wax coat on after to protect it?
     
     

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    what stuff do you mean? meguairs claying kit>?>?

    i was wondering that aswell, do you wash >>>> clay >>>> wax??
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    what stuff do you mean? meguairs claying kit>?>?

    i was wondering that aswell, do you wash >>>> clay >>>> wax??
    Sorry, meguairs claying kit is what I was reffering to
     
     

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    I have used the Meguiars clay kit you are all referring to. Really easy and the results were great. Just make sure you use plenty of liquid to keep it lubricated otherwise it will scratch the paintwork and leave marks on it.

    I did a panel one at a time.

    Once clayed I washed down with a microfibre cloth and wiped dry with another microfibre cloth. Then I used Meguiars glass wax then topped off with a covering of Collinite 476's wax.

    The finish is amazing, even if I do say so myself. Took about 6 hours to do the whole of my E46 330 vert by hand.

    The only down side was that I had to then do the wifes 206cc, again great results.

    Nextdoor neighbour has also asked about the finish on the paintwork, not offering to do that !!

     
     

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    i'd be extra careful with claying on that e36 compact judging by the chrome paintwork!!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    i'd be extra careful with claying on that e36 compact judging by the chrome paintwork!!
    Amazing what photoshop can do
     
     

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