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    Getting Clay out of PPF

    Iím embarrassed to admit it but at some point I got too close to one of the thick PPF rock panels on my Tacoma while claying

    I noticed a faint line of yellow clay today and itís been there for over a year

    Iím thinking a bamboo skewer and a microfiber towel run carefully along the edge

    ďTooth PickeryĒ as Jim White calls it

    But is there anything I could pretreat it with to soften the clay that wonít compromise the PPF adhesive?


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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    Quote Originally Posted by chilly View Post
    I’m embarrassed to admit it but at some point I got too close to one of the thick PPF rock panels on my Tacoma while claying

    I noticed a faint line of yellow clay today and it’s been there for over a year

    I’m thinking a bamboo skewer and a microfiber towel run carefully along the edge

    “Tooth Pickery” as Jim White calls it

    But is there anything I could pretreat it with to soften the clay that won’t compromise the PPF adhesive?


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    What about spraying a ton of clay lubricant on it and then trying to remove it with a fine, soft detailing brush?

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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    Quote Originally Posted by joebruin77 View Post
    What about spraying a ton of clay lubricant on it and then trying to remove it with a fine, soft detailing brush?
    I thought of that but thought about how clay lube is designed NOT to let clay break down and how car soap solutions will often break clay down

    I will certainly try that as a least aggressive approach and go from there

    Thanks

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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    Maybe you can find out what soaps will break down clay and use that as a softening agent? IIRC Power Clean will break down clay.

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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    Quote Originally Posted by Rsurfer View Post
    Maybe you can find out what soaps will break down clay and use that as a softening agent? IIRC Power Clean will break down clay.
    I think thatís the safest approach

    I have OPC so Iíll try that first

    Iíll put bits of clay in with some and just see what happens

    I remember a long time ago using something as clay lube that just turned it to a stringy mess

    Wish I could remember

    Iím NOT trying any kind of solvents or Tarminator or stuff like that around PPF

    Thanks Ron


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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    The skewer method is your best shot... I do it all the time - clay, polish, wax residues.

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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    Quote Originally Posted by 2black1s View Post
    The skewer method is your best shot... I do it all the time clay, polish, wax residues.

    If you are going to try to dissolve the clay the first solvent I'd try would be mineral spirits.
    You donít think that would get up and under the PPF?


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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    Quote Originally Posted by chilly View Post
    You don’t think that would get up and under the PPF?


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    I edited my previous post and deleted the mineral spirits method after reading your last post where you said you're not trying any solvents.

    That's ok... the skewer method is the best anyways and that would be my first choice.

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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    Iíve used wooden skewers with the rounded off edges and held it parallel to the edge,never pushed into the seam. It may take a few gentle tries but itíll work. My installer gave me some XPEL PPF Cleaner and I used that. I also ran some tape along the seam in case the skewer snapped, I didnít want to take a chance of scuffing the film

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    Re: Getting Clay out of PPF

    I appreciate the input

    Iím ready to take a careful approach and get more aggressive if necessary

    Iíll report back


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