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Old 05-27-2015, 01:18 PM
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Re: Teach me how to care for this thing!

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.

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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...
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Hmmm, really? I offered my advice as it shouldn't be that messed up for clay or even wax, and an inexperienced home detailer probably shouldn't clay at all. But that makes me curious, and I never thought about the rail dust which actually... duh. Mine was even on the lot for a few months, even though it's new to me. Perhaps I will give it go.
Don't know where it picks it up, but new that vehicles that didn't gather dust on dealer lots can pick up a surprising amount of crud in transit.

Hobbyist clayers can do all right as long as they make sure to use lots of good lube, and never ever pick up a piece of dropped clay and reuse it unless you are doing the clay job in a clean room.
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Re: Teach me how to care for this thing!

Clay it when you get it. Put on a good synthetic "wax" and then keep it clean. Clean bugs and bird droppings ASAP. If the car is fairly clean you can wash it with quick detailer and a bunch of clean microfiber towels. I favor the one's at Sams Club over those from Costco. They are cheap. Go through a bunch during a wash, then launder. Those that don't look nice and clean after a trip through the washer/dryer get tossed. They are too inexpensive to try to hang on to. I used to use Meguires Quick Detailer, but have recently found a concentrate that is fine. I dilute it into 1 gallon containers of distilled water and pour into spray bottles. Crazy cheap and no minerals to water spot the car if evaporation occurs. Keeping the car clean and using the synthetic wax when new, the car hasn't been waxed or clayed in 68K miles and a few years. Still beads water and shines beautifully. Can't see any reason to re-wax. Will fail the baggie test, but not too badly.

Hope you didn't get a dark color if you favor low maintenance.

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Great color. Enjoy your new Jeep.

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Great color. Enjoy your new Jeep.

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