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Claying & Decontamination

Paint Surface

Your vehicle is exposed to airborne pollutants. Brake dust, industrial fallout, acid rain deposits and rail dust all can adhere to your vehicle. These contaminants often contain metal particulates, which accounts for the ease with which they penetrate the clear coat to attack the paint below. These contaminants then oxidize, and they allow rust to spread beneath the clear coat. And the paint surface becomes rough underhand even though these may be microscopic. The vehicle loses its smoothness and clarity on what may otherwise be a freshly cleaned car. Unfortunately, there is not a lot that we can do to avoid these main contaminants and they can become firmly bonded to the paint surface and then begin the process of corrosion and expansion, which distorts and damages the paint film. It cannot be removed by a normal washing or cleaning and you need to do claying and other decontamination techniques to remove them.

Claying

Detailing clay bars help you to remove surface contaminants like tar, insects, road grime, oxidation, rust, industrial fallout etc. from your car body. While claying, the clay glides along the surface of the car paint and grabs anything that protrudes from the surface. The particle sticks to the clay and is therefore removed from the vehicle. The surface being clayed should always be wet with clay lubricant to prevent loose debris from scratching the vehicle.

Medium Angelwax ClaybarWe recommend the claying twice a year, or before you polish the paint. If your car is subject to industrial areas or heavily contaminated areas, using a clay bar more often may be required.

Used properly, detailing clay is completely safe and nonabrasive. It’s a much better option than polishing to remove these contaminants because clay doesn’t remove any paint.

Clay lubes are used as a lubricant during claying to protect the paint from marring. Many use a quick detailer as clay lube; it’s recommended to use one that has some cleaning power and little or no protective properties. This will help to loosen the embedded contamination from the paint while claying. Gyeon Q2M ClayLube is a good clay lube because it has extreme slickness which reduces friction and prevents the clay from ‘grabbing’ and marring the surface; instead, the clay will slip over the surface to reveal smooth paint.

WHAT ALL DETAILING CLAY CAN REMOVE?

Vehicles are exposed to assault from airborne pollutants. Brake dust, industrial fallout, acid rain deposits and rail dust all can adhere to your vehicle. These contaminants often contain metal particulates, which accounts for the ease with which they penetrate the clear coat to attack the paint below. These contaminants then oxidize, and they allow rust to spread beneath the clear coat. Tiny orange spots today, total paint system failure tomorrow! Detailing clay removes these contaminants in order to keep the paint healthy and vibrant.

Detailing Clay also removes stubborn tree sap, tar spots, and bug remains. Detailing clay works wonder on glass as well. Try some next time you’re washing your windows. You’ll be amazed at the results!

Various grades are available on the market again as standard clay bars and if you would like to use this but never clayed before I would recommend the fine grade to minimise the risk of marring.

How to check whether claying is required or not?

The Bag Test: There’s a simple test that will indicate whether or not you need to clay. Wash and dry your vehicle, put a plastic sandwich bag over your hand and lightly rub your fingertips over the paint. If it feels gritty or rough, your paint is contaminated.

Process

1. Wash and dry your vehicle. 2. Spray a small area with clay lubricant (like Gyeon Q2M ClayLube), no bigger than 2 square feet. Claying 3. Gently rub the Gyeon Clay bar back and forth across the wet area. It will grab at first. This means that it is pulling contaminants out of the paint. When it glides freely, the paint is clean. 4. Wipe the area with a microfiber towel and use the Gyeon Q2M ClayLube to remove any clay residue. Rub your fingers across the paint now; it should be as smooth as glass. If it’s not, repeat the process. Reshape the clay bar as needed to expose a clean surface. Keep the clay well-lubricated. 5. Continue these steps until you’ve clayed the entire vehicle. Gyeon Clay does a marvellous job on glass and chrome, too. 6. Store the clay bar in its original case if possible, or in an airtight plastic bag. Spray it with the lubricant to keep it moist. 7. Always follow claying with a wax or sealant. Gyeon Clay will remove existing wax and may leave tiny holes where contaminants have been removed. They must be sealed in order to protect the paint from corrosion.

NOTE: To optimize both the quality of your claying and the clay’s useful life, avoid soap and water as a lubricant. They will prematurely deteriorate today’s clay compounds. Use only clay lubricants. Discard the clay if you drop them on the ground as it can grab the grits and sand particle which will scratch the paint if you use them again on the paint surface. Apart from the traditional clay bars, we have a range of synthetic clay bars and clay towels. The main advantages of these are the life, a traditional clay bar is only good for 5 to 10 cars, but these synthetic ones can do around 80% more cars, and reusability, even if you drop them you can get them washed and can be reused.

Iron Fallouts and Tar spots Removal

Iron Decontamination & Car wheel cleaningIron contaminants can be accumulated from harsh ferrous deposits such as brake dust and rail dust, without proper removal and decontamination can lead to paint clear coat failure and rust. Removing these dangerous iron contaminants are now very easy with our iron removers like Gyeon Q2M Iron.

The usage of Gyeon Q2M Iron is fairly simpler, spray on; wait and you will see the product change to a purple colour, then rinse off with water. Never allow this to dry on the page. Gyeon Q2M Iron is PH-neutral and also can be used along with clay thus you can combine claying and Iron decontamination together and save time.

Vehicles usually collect large amounts of tar and asphalt contamination during everyday use. Tar Removers like Gyeon Q2M Tar is easy to use and literally are a spray on, wait and then wipe off the product. These are generally safe to use on all areas of the car.

Washing

Washing your car/bike regularly helps you to remove all the surface contaminants which can affect paint surface and damage it eventually, such as dust, dirt, bugs, road salt and iron particles. Washing the car/bike once a week is recommended, for a daily maintenance you can use Waterless Wash technique or Quick Detailing (QD) using Waterless Wash shampoos or Quick Detailing products (such as Gyeon Q2M Cure).

It is also very important to use proper techniques and tools for washing & maintenance; else it can harm your paint surface. Swirls
The swirls (circular scratches) are mainly inflicted due to improper washing & maintenance process, so it’s as simple as that improper cleaning technique itself can damage the paint of your car/bike!

If you are using hair shampoo or any other detergents to wash the car/bike, then use them for their intended use and get a good PH-neutral shampoo like Gyeon Q2M Bathe. If you are using any sponges or chamois then upgrade to a good wash mitt (microfiber or lamb’s wool) and drying towel, else the sands get trapped between the sponge/chamois and your paintwork and create damages.

When you wash, always clean the tyres and wheels first as the dirt and wheel cleaner liquid may splash onto the vehicle and you can easily wash it away when you wash the car next. Please refer our Wheel & Tyre Care section to know about the tyre & wheel maintenance details.

The washing can be done using a pressure washer which can reduce the risk of inflicting swirls further down, but those don’t have a pressure washer can follow two-bucket method.

If you are using a pressure washer, you can pre-wash with snow foam using a foam shampoo. Most of the cheap foam shampoos available in the markets are PH-heavy, so beware else they could remove the wax/sealants/coatings on your car/bike or weaken them. Use only PH-neutral foam shampoo (like Gyeon Q2M Foam) if you have any protection (wax/sealants/coatings) on your car/bike.

This helps to soften dirt and any larger particles that are on the paintwork and wheels and draw them away from the surface, in effect an initial touch-less wash. You can leave the foam to cling to the car and soak for around 5 to 8 minutes depending on the weather/temperature at the time. The advantage of this is that you will remove more dirt and once rinsed off using a pressure washer this minimises the risk of inflicting marring and fine scratches rather than going straight at it with your wash mitt and grinding it into the car/bike paint.

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Without using proper techniques, tools and process, the car cleaning and car washing can inflict swirl marks and here is the link to our guide which explains the proper car washing technique using bucket – Two bucket method.

Two bucket washing method require the following Tools:

1. Car wash shampoo, don’t use dish soap or any detergents, these are having heaving chemicals in it and will be hard on rubber and paint, and it can remove your car’s wax coat (or any other LSPs)

2. Wash mitt made of sheepskin or microfiber, both are designed to pick up and hold dirt and are gentle to the paint.

3. Two buckets with grit guard (at least, in one of them).

4. A microfiber drying cloth, preferably a waffle weave towel like GreenZ Waffle weave towel.

Fill the first bucket with clean water and the second bucket with water mixed with a pH neutral car wash shampoo. Dunk your mitt into the soapy car wash solution first to wash your car with lubricating suds with no pressure and then rinse the mitt vigorously into the second bucket with clear water thoroughly. Using two buckets equipped with Grit Guards virtually eliminates the risk of transferring dirt back onto your paint! Always use straight-line motion while cleaning with wash mitt to avoid swirls. Enjoy your car washing game!

Car washing using two-bucket method.

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