How long does it take to claybar an 02 camry?

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  1. Lancer409

    Lancer409 Member

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    Sorry for the new post guys! I dug around a bit but never heard any time estimates on claybarring a midsize sedan. Does anyone know? With school and church commitments, i dont have too much time. i want to claybar my car before i wax it, but i've heard from a friend that it can take hours!!! i have two hours tops. do i have the time to do it? i dont want to wax over stuff, and then have to clay the wax off and re wax it. might as well do a good job the first time right?

    In short:

    Can I wash the car today, then rewash, clay, and wax tomorrow?:hs:

    can i wash/clay/wax in 2 hours?!? (using optimum no rinse, optimum car wax, and mothers california gold clay bar):noes:



    Also, here's a biggie. Any advice or rules i need to know when it comes to tree sap? My car is sap city at the moment:eek4:. optimum no rinse (in hot water)? cold water? .... :sadwavey:


    some guy at kragens told me he uses a sponge and rubbing alcohol to get sap off... sounds paint-tastic... is he nuts? he said a detailer told him to use it.


    dont worry, i'll post pics =)


    P.S. Scottwax, YOU--> :bj:<--ME

    Figuratively of course... :bowrofl:

    Thanks for all of your help.

    Oh, and a plug for Excel Details! Patrick was super helpful as well.
     
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  2. Buck-O

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    THere no way to estimate that sort of time frame. Simply put, it will go as ast as you can make it go.

    Depending on ability, technique, and the speed in which your physical ability will allow you to work.


    COuld take 2 hours, could take 4. It shouldent, but theres no way to tell.


    For example, i can wax my maxima by hand in about 10 minutes. My friend which the exact same maxima, take almost two to three times that, averaging arounf 35-40 minutes to wax his car.

    So theres no real way to really say how long it will take.


    Also, are you certain you know what a clay bar will do, and are you sure you know how to use it?
    If you screw it up, you could leave your paint in a micromared mess.
     
  3. Lancer409

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    Inside the door.... probly the only good patch of paint on my car. This is the reason why I wanted to wash/clay/polish/wax my car in the first place. to get it to look like this again.

    Here's how my car looks after 3.5-4months of non-washing. I dont have a hose attachment, so until I got ONR, I wasnt able to wash my car. To top it off, I parked it under two huge tree's during the last week. The hot weather really let sap loose (all those white droppings on my car)

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    The Lambswool Mitt was shedding quite a bit! Is that normal? Is it because of the sap, or possibly washing in direct sun (the surface got hot pretty quickly, sometimes making the mitt quite warm/hot while I was washing.

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    Scottswax: Sorry, Didnt have a brush so I didnt do the wheel well. I will next time though :hsd:.

    I didnt have time to clay/wax the car, But I did try claying and wax the trunk (first time using clay) and It was sooo smooth. Microfiber dragged on the trunk/roof/hood when washing, but after claying it glided!) I look forward to re-washing, claying and waxing it once I get some free time:noes:.



    Random things I've learned:

    NXT Insane Wet tireshine smells like gummy bears

    Optimum Car Wax smells like Pina-Colada... Coconuts n pineapples FTW!:hsughr:

    People were staring as I proceeded to sniff my trunk :bowrofl:
     
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  4. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    always wash mits before using them for the first time.
     
  5. Lancer409

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    Clayed the trunk and hood, then waxed it. Damn :bowdown: Claying is sex in clay and QD form!
     
  6. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I've been able to clay cars in under 20 minutes if the contamination is light. Longest was several hours removing heavy paint overspray on a black Ford F-250 crew cab dualie. :noes:

    Always wash new towels, mitts, wash pads, etc before using them.
     
  7. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Shit man I had a 2003 Honda Oddesey(sp?) thata guy brought to me after he got hit by some illegal. Anyways, he gets it home and notices all the overspray. Goes back up to the shop and asks what gives? Shop told him that they do so much work overspray happens from time to time and that they cannot separate all the cars and sends him on his way.

    Im guessing if he were a younger man (he is 74) he would have fought it more. It took me over 2.5 hours and two bars of red claymagic to get the shit off. I felt so bad for the guy I did it for free.
     
  8. PrinzII

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    The first time I did a clay (1994 Maxima), it took me over an hour because it was a new process to me. Now, I can do it in around 20-30 minutes (dependent on vehicle.)

    But as Scott said, YMMV because you may want to clay other parts like door jambs, wheels, and glass.
     
  9. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    :wavey: Glad to see you over here, Prinz!
     
  10. Buck-O

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    Boy its a good thing this Forum has Rule #1 Scott...:squint:
     
  11. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    There is no rule #1, besides, I'm a mod. :mamoru:
     
  12. Buck-O

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    Your a what? Fazles bitch you say? :eek3:
     
  13. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Me --------> :bj: <----------- you

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    :mamoru:
     
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  15. PrinzII

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    Glad to be here, Scott. I hope to be able to contribute over time. :big grin:
     

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