Clay & Wax
Our Clay & Wax exterior detail service will allow our technicians to remove embedded contamination off the paint and glass surfaces a regular maintenance wash, or our Wash & Wax service can't remove. Before we start decontaminating the exterior surfaces, we first wash the exterior to remove loose dust, dirt, and road grime. During the wash process we will complete an our Iron Decon process to help chemically dissolve most or all the iron. To remove the rest of the embedded contamination, our technicians will use the proper grade clay bar (depending on the condition of your vehicle) and a special lubricant. The clay bar will be glided over the paint and glass surfaces to remove it. It will leave the surfaces smooth and clean ready to machine apply the coat of wax.
Using a liquid wax, soft pad, and dual-action waxing machine, our technician will apply a carnauba or cleaner wax, whichever wax best fits your vehicle's paint needs. Same wax will be hand-applied to all hard to reach areas to make sure all painted surfaces are protected. Wax residue will be removed with a fine microfiber towel, which is used only for the paint finish to prevent cross-contamination. The coat of wax will leave a deep wet shine and a more slick surface to help repel contaminants, water spots, and stains from easily embedding and penetrating the paint finish.
The Details add-on package is highly recommended. This will allow our technicians to clean and condition surfaces that will further enhance the look and feel of your vehicle.
Please Note: The clay bar doesn't remove scratches, swirls, stains, and hard-edged water spots from the paint finish. The machine wax may help minimize these issues but it is not the purpose of this service.
Is this service right for your vehicle
The Clay & Wax exterior detail service is recommended on over 90% of customers that are looking for an exterior detail service. It is perfect to have completed if you don’t remember or have not had the exterior surfaces decontaminated. It is also an ideal detail service to complete on a brand new vehicle to remove the contamination that built up during the transport and while it sat at the dealers lots.. The clay bar process will remove the roughness off the paint do to the contamination. It will leave the paint smooth as glass and ready to be protected.
If you are considering or if your vehicle requires this service, it is because your vehicle has not been washed frequently enough to prevent contamination from embedding itself into the exterior surfaces. The layer of dust that builds on our vehicle is more than just dirt and dust. This layer of dust also includes fine metal shavings like rail dust and brake dust. When your vehicle is exposed to moisture, especially overnight, it allows for these to cling and embed themselves into the exterior surfaces. If not removed quickly, they can permanently damage the surfaces.
You want to minimize or even avoid the need to have your vehicle's exterior surfaces decontaminated. Some contamination can increase the possibility of introducing swirls and scratches into the paint finish as the clay bar is glided over the paint finish. Frequent washing, at least 2 times per month, can help extend and even avoid the need for clay barring the exterior surfaces.
Several factors determine the recommended time frame. Refer to the ones below to get an idea. If we wash your vehicle regularly, our technicians will make recommendations as we maintain it.
Frequently Washed (2 times or more / month)
Driven 3-7 days / week & parked outdoors overnight - Every 9-12 Months
Driven 3-7 days / week & parked indoors overnight - Every 12-18 Months
Not Frequently Washed (1 time per month or less)
Driven 3-7 days / week & parked outdoors overnight - Every 1-3 Months
Driven 3-7 days / week & parked indoors overnight - Every 3-6 Months
100% Hand Wash
Exterior surfaces are rinsed with the perfect amount of pressure to rinse off loose dust, dirt, and road grime. Exterior surfaces are soaped with a highly lubricated soap with wax, our unique wash mittens, and the 2 bucket wash system to agitate stubborn road grime. The exterior is then rinsed once again to wash off loose contaminants and soap.
Rinse & Wash Wheels Face
Wheels are sprayed with wheel cleaner to loosen road grime and brake dust. Excessively dirty wheels are agitated with a soft sponge and soap. They are then rinsed with pressure to wash off road grime and brake dust.
Tires are sprayed with degreaser to loosen road grime and old dressing. They are then rinsed with pressure to wash off road grime and old dressing, leaving rubber ready to be dressed.
Scrub & Clean Exhaust Tips
In the rinsing and soaping process your vehicles exhaust tips are scrubbed and wiped to remove carbon deposits.
Chamois Dry Exterior
To dry exterior surfaces, a large synthetic chamois is passed over exterior surfaces with long strokes to minimize excessive friction and rubbing with the paint finish.
Chamois Dry Jambs
A designated synthetic chamois is used to dry door, trunk and fuel door jambs to dry surface.
Air Blow Exterior & Jambs
Using a high flow blower, exterior cracks and crevices are air blown to remove excess water. Door, trunk and fuel door are opened to air blow excess water.
Using a water base dressing and a brush, tires are dressed to darken, add shine and protected them.
Wipe Clean Wheel Face
A designated microfiber towel and a spray detailer is used to wipe wheels clean and add clarity to finish.
Decontaminating Paint Finish
A iron remover product is sprayed on paint and glass surfaces to help loosen and remove iron deposits off the surfaces. We then follow using a highly lubricated chemical and the proper grade clay bar and glide it over the same surfaces to remove stubborn contamination.
Machine Wax Paint Finish
Using a dual action waxing machine, a soft waxing pad and the appropriate wax suitable for your vehicles condition, wax is applied to paint finish, painted surfaces, polish or chrome trim and other surfaces on the body of the vehicle that can benefit from the wax.
Hand Wax Details
Using a small soft pad and the same liquid wax, hard to reach paint and painted surfaces are hand waxed.
Clean Windows & Mirrors
Windows and mirrors are cleaned with cleaner and a special microfiber towel to leave a streak free and crystal clear surface.
Utilizing a commercial grade high suction vacuum and 3 specialty vacuum tools, interior surfaces are vacuumed to remove dust, dirt, etc. Our vacuum tools allow us to get to harder to reach areas. Air vents, cracks and crevices get a more thorough vacuum. Carpet and cloth surface fibers are better vacuumed and groomed.
Using a moist chamois interior plastics, vinyl and leather surfaces are wiped to remove dust.