I’m often asked by people whether they should clay their brand new car, after all, it is brand new right? The answer to this question is actually more yes than no.
The thing is, most new cars can sit outside unprotected both at the factory and at the new car lots for weeks and even months. Most vehicles are also shipped via train or transport to their destination. During this time new cars are subject to all kinds of harsh elements which bond to your vehicles finish, and they cannot be removed by normal washing. I think you will be very surprised just how dirty your new cars paint really is!
The answer to this question can actually be found by the use of the “baggy test”. After properly washing and drying your car, simply place your hand into a plastic sandwich baggie and gently glide it over all the painted surfaces. If your paint feels rough or textured, then you need to clay. If it feels smooth as glass than you shouldn’t need to clay, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt. In all honestly, claying a new car shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes, and it requires very little effort. It is my professional opinion that every new car should at least be washed, clayed, and protected as soon as you take delivery.
For a typical new car I suggest using mild or gentle clay like the DI Fine Grade Clay or Clay Magic Fine Grade Clay. For information on how to clay your vehicle, follow our tutorial on how to properly use a clay bar.
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