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    I have had to go over the whole car recently with Megs ultimate compound to remove all the car wash swirls etc.

    Having done that, is there anything to be gained by claying before polish and wax goes on?

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    The clay will remove any bonded contaminates like tree sap industrial fall out "etc", and the likes. It is well worth claying your car first. the paint will feel a whole lot smoother, it will also remove any "old" wax too. Leaving the paint read for polishing then sealing/waxing.

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    If you ever park in Leeds City centre then a clay is a must. The amount of iron dust from the train station and the building work done up till last year rains havoc on the bodywork. The Dust almost beds into the clear coat and then blooms. The Clay bar will pull it all out, where as a polish will only wear the head down but still leave the tail in to re bloom. I park in the private car park next to the Twin towers construction site. At one point I was going to have to use a specific Acid to clear the fallout, but after a 2 clay sessions I got it sorted. Its one of the reasons why I use a sealant now instead of wax.

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Rushy, I park in Leeds most days but the car park is made up mostly of loose dirt which blows in the wind and onto the paint. If the car starts out clean Monday morning then it's usually filthy by monday night! Even worse than parking next to the 'twin towers by next millenium' site. Ah well...

    Good advice on here as always - will try clay as the car is 3 1/2 yrs old and never been done.

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    OK so I tried clay for the first time today and yes it has made a difference. I really appreciate all the advice and tips I have found on this forum, you guys really know your stuff.

    Anyway, the routine today was wash, clay, wash again. Then AG SRP followed by AG Extra Gloss. Finally 2 coats of Collinite 915. I feel like I've done a workout but the effort is certainly worth it.

    I took pics but the sun is going down now and they don't really do it justice. But as you always say
    Bear in mind my car started out as a disaster area with scratches, swirls and flat paint. It might not be the best on here, but it is so much better now, and I am chuffed to bits!

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    Very nice mate, well worth the effort.

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    Fine job you have done here matey!!

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    Cheers guys.

    Rushy, will lok out for your car next time I am at my favorite customer on Wellington Street.

    Oh and BigSig, I have thrown away the SPONGE lesson well and truly learned.

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    very nice indeed mate - a job well done

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