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    Should I clay before winter or after?

    Hey so summer is over and I was thinking of refreshing my Powerlock+ before winter. Now I'm wondering if I should just apply a new coat without decontaminating the paint or I should IronX and clay.

    The reason I ask is because I always read some threads where people say clay as much as you want it won't marr and other threads that say clay does marr. If it wouldn't marr I definitely would since it would help make the product last longer.

    Or maybe I should look at those synthetic clays, do those marr less?

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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    I clay every time I use an lsp. Even if I do not polish. Fine clay and lot's of lube. I have a bright silver, white, and magnetic grey color too. That helps my approach
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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoyt66 View Post
    I clay every time I use an lsp. Even if I do not polish. Fine clay and lot's of lube. I have a bright silver, white, and magnetic grey color too. That helps my approach
    I was thinking of getting the Mother speed clay thingy since I'm all out of clay atm and figured synthetic might be a good update?

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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    You could just start with a chemical decontamination and do the baggie check and see how it's doing.

    If it fails the baggie test, then I'd probably clay before reapplying to try and have the smoothest surface possible to help keep stuff from sticking (as much as possible) through the winter. Then just plan on polishing in the spring so you're primo for the nice months next year.

    I feel that standard clay stands the best chance to be mar free, but maybe the synthetics are fine with enough lube/light pressure.

    The synthetic clay is convenient for sure, but I don't know that it's "safer".

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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    IMO:
    Only if the results from performing
    “The Baggie Test” provides tangible
    justification for Claying at this time.


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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    Quote Originally Posted by FUNX650 View Post
    IMO:
    Only if the results from performing
    “The Baggie Test” provides tangible
    justification for Claying at this time.


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    Is this from Mike's book? Should I clay before winter or after? This is solid advice all jokes aside and I'm finding myself practicing that and if ain't broke don't fix it approach with a slight variation.

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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    Quote Originally Posted by oneheadlite View Post
    You could just start with a chemical decontamination and do the baggie check and see how it's doing.

    If it fails the baggie test, then I'd probably clay before reapplying to try and have the smoothest surface possible to help keep stuff from sticking (as much as possible) through the winter. Then just plan on polishing in the spring so you're primo for the nice months next year.

    I feel that standard clay stands the best chance to be mar free, but maybe the synthetics are fine with enough lube/light pressure.

    The synthetic clay is convenient for sure, but I don't know that it's "safer".
    Oh okay, I thought it was safer.

    Regarding if I need to, that was my other point of view. Since it was protected all summer shouldn't have much on it but then again I guess it depends and the test will tell me. I never did the baggie test, just did with my fingers.

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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    I say before and after, clean as you goShould I clay before winter or after?Should I clay before winter or after?Should I clay before winter or after?

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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    Personally, being proactive is better. Clay and decon before winter flies is my ritual and then again in the spring. Less contamination on the paint means less anchor points for new contamination to grab on to, and makes it easier in the spring.
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    Re: Should I clay before winter or after?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey Mike View Post
    Personally, being proactive is better. Clay and decon before winter flies is my ritual and then again in the spring. Less contamination on the paint means less anchor points for new contamination to grab on to, and makes it easier in the spring.
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