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Old 29-03-2018, 05:48 PM   #1
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Clay before paint correction?

How important is it to clay bar the paint before full paint correction? I decided to skip the clay process and I've achieved a shiny swirl free finish with my DA + Scholl S17 + Hex Orange. I assume the polishing stage will have removed any contaminants?

Car was cleaned prior to correction.

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Old 29-03-2018, 05:53 PM   #2
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By not removing all the “junk” from the paint prior to starting to correct it you run the risk of if being panicked up by the pad, this would result in the same bit of “junk” being on the pad when you then attempt to correct the pain and possibly inflicting more marks
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Old 29-03-2018, 06:07 PM   #3
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How you clean your car is entirely your own choice, but if your after the perfect finish don’t skimp on the preparation. Before polishing paint you really need to get it as clean and contamination free as possible. You wouldn’t normally remove the fallout or tar by simply washing, some chemical or physical intervention is almost certainly required.
Just think what could of happened if a bit of tar or iron fallout got trapped in your pad, you carry on moving that over the body work and then wonder why you get marring or the likes of pigtail scratches.
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Polishing does not remove tar spots.
Maybe your car wasn’t heavily contaminated but it’s definitely not a process to be skipped in fact I think it’s one of the most important.


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Polishing does not remove contaminants. Claying, depending on the cars condition, is crucial step in paint finishing. Running the risk of a machine polisher hitting a bonded contaminant or a spot you have potentially missed can send you a step back. You could run the risk of swirling, scratching or even damaging your pad. But claying isn’t something you should do frequently either.
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Polishing does not remove contaminants. Claying, depending on the cars condition, is crucial step in paint finishing. Running the risk of a machine polisher hitting a bonded contaminant or a spot you have potentially missed can send you a step back. You could run the risk of swirling, scratching or even damaging your pad. But claying isn’t something you should do frequently either.
I'd have to disagree. On my car, the panel above the front wheel has not been polished (applies for both sides of the car). This section was clay barred today. It was heavily contaminated. The other panels which had been polished had little to no contamination when I clay barred them today. The polished sections didn't get clay barred prior to their polishing correction.

I understand some panels get more contaminated than others, but the bottom of the front doors is just as susceptible to such contaminants as the uncorrected front upper wheel panels.
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