Before using a clay bar, it is important to adequately prespray the vehicle and clay bar with a clay bar lubricant to provide a slick surface to glide the clay over. Clay must be lubricated at all times as you gently slide the clay bar over your working area. Without proper lubrication the clay bar won’t easily glide across the paint, and it may leave a residue, which can be difficult to remove. This residue will later cause the wax to cure improperly and, if polishing, will be picked up by the pad on your high-speed buffer or dual-action buffer.

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While the clay bar is an important car detailing tool, Zep Vehicle Care senior vehicle care specialist Roman Diaz says the biggest challenge is educating customers on the importance of a contaminant-free vehicle prior to a wax or polish service. When a customer asks for a hand wax, Diaz recommends service advisors educate customers about the importance of claying the vehicle before waxing to remove contamination first.

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Prior to the wax or polish process, a vehicle needs to start with a completely clean surface. Surface contamination is difficult to clean or polish. An auto detailing clay bar is an important detailing tool that is extremely effective at removing common contaminants such as paint overspray, tree sap and road soils from paint on a vehicle.

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Using Chemicals Wisely

Dec 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Chemistry is an important part of any carwash’s operations, but it is often misunderstood. This can lead to wasted chemicals and money. We talked with Zep Vehicle Care’s Senior Marketing Manager Mike Graceman and Director – Research & Development Andrew Landa about best practices and tips for ensuring you are using chemicals wisely.

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