Originally Posted by Dennisnyc40
Clayed mine the day I picked it up from dealer with no ill effects. As VZ stated Factory paint is fully cured by the time it is driven out of the plant. But fallout and rail dust are abundant around your vehicle while on its way to dealership. The best way to check if you need to clay is the Baggie test. After washing your vehicle put a very thin plastic bag over hand and run your fingertips over your hood. If you feel little pieces of debris on your fingers you need to clay. If it is smooth as glass you are good to go and proceed with your detailing. I have actually switched from using clay to a Nanoskin wash mitt. Does the same thing as clay in half the time. Very pleased with the results leaves my GC smooth as glass with no marring or streaks that clay sometimes leaves.
All very good info here. The baggie trick is a great way to tell if you need claying.
I have heard good stuff on the NanoSkin mitt. I have to try it out.
Even clay the glass, you will be amazed on how much stuff is embedded in it, its also a great way to get stubborn water spots out.
I could go on and on, and don't even get me started on MicroFiber...