Wash and Clay Exterior
- Two Wash Buckets
- Dirt Traps
- Two Wash Mitts
- Preferred Car Soap
- Hi-Pressure or Low-Pressure foaming tool (if desired)
STEP #1: Move the vehicle out of direct sunlight and high-pressure rinse with cool water. This is extremely important with regards to dried on/caked on dirt and mud. Make sure any loose particles are power washed away before washing the vehicle.
STEP #2: Add car soap filling the barrel/cannister with soap to a suggested amount, and then adjusting the water-flow rate. Just be sure to follow the foam gun/cannon manufacturer’s instructions, for having the correct ratio of soap to water is going to be vital to your success.
STEP #3: Add water to foam barrel/cannister as both guns and cannons do require the pre-mixing of water and soap in order to safely “prime” the system. DO NOT just add the soap, then spray water straight into the barrel via a garden hose sprayer. This will create extra foam inside the barrel, which in turn, will reduce the quality and effectiveness of the foam produced.
STEP #4: Attach the soap cannister to the housing and affix your water source to the adapter via a quick disconnect or threaded hose coupler. Dial your adjustment knob into its lowest setting (if applicable), and slowly increase foam intensity until the desired level of foam is achieved.
STEP #5: Apply Car Soap foaming solution to the vehicle from the top down.
PRO TIP: More foam is not always better. You do need foam to release the particles from the vehicle surface, but more foam also requires more water to rinse. You need just enough foam to lift and hold contaminants off the surface.
STEP #6: Rinse the vehicle from the top down, using low pressure.
PRO TIP: If you rinse the vehicle with high pressure water, the pressure can reagitate the soap, making it more difficult to rinse the vehicle completely. Using low pressure water avoids this.
STEP #7: Dry the surface with a drying cloth or a low volume air gun.
- Clay products: mitt, towel, bar, pad, etc.
- Clay Lubricants
- Soapy Water
- Cellophane or plastic baggie
- Spray Bottle with Trigger
- Drying Cloth
STEP #1: Use cellophane or plastic baggie to feel for particles. This can be done before you start, and after you have clayed the vehicle to check for particles that still remain on the vehicle surface.
STEP #2: Rinse the vehicle from the top down, using low pressure.
STEP #3: Examine the Clay Bar to ensure that it’s free of contaminants.
STEP #4: Lubricate the surface by generously misting it with a clay lubrication, quick detailer, or even a mild Car Soap solution.
STEP #5: Gently rub the Clay Bar over the lubricated surface, working lengthwise with the panel
STEP #6: Knead the Clay Bar when its face become “saturated” (there is no longer any resistance as you rub the bar on the paint).
STEP #7: Pressure rinse the areas clayed.
STEP #8: Dry the surface with a drying cloth