• Mark Barger

Does my vehicle need decontamination? What is a clay bar treatment

If your detailer is not providing a clay bar treatment prior to applying the protection you are paying for, beware! Proper decontamination is a key part of the detailing process.

Claying is the process of manually removing contaminants from the surface of your vehicles paint, glass, and even wheels. If these contaminants are not removed, it could cause problems with the wax, sealant, or ceramic coating when being applied. An improperly prepared surface will cause the product not to bond properly, giving you lackluster results, or premature failure.

Want smooth paint?

Clay barring is the key. Contaminants that you cannot even see are accumulating on your vehicle on a daily basis.

Want proof?

Take a small plastic bag, put your fingers in it, and very gently glide it across your paint.

Feel that rough, textured feeling?

That is the feeling of bonded contaminants on your paint. Tar, sap, road film, industrial fallout, and more. All of that needs to be removed. A true professional detailer will ALWAYS clay a car before any type of thorough detail package.

Ask your detailer is a clay bar treatment is included in the package you are purchasing. If he or she has no idea what you are talking about, it may be time to find to look for a new detailer.

-Mark Barger

Owner, Visual Pro Detailing

(618) 983-9706


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