Even if you're a primer/suede type of person, you'll want to read the following story, as chances are you've got at least one vehicle in the stable with an actual "gloss" paint job. And those of you with painted customs, pay real close attention!
While a paint job is only as good as its underlying preparation, nothing kills a finish quicker than the elements. No matter where you live, Mother Nature can literally wreak havoc on your car's finish, and unless you keep it parked indoors year-round, your paint is going to break down over time--ever quicker if you don't wash the car after each use. Now, even well kept paint jobs are going to "inherit" some of the elements' offerings, such as dirt, grease, or anything else nature or mankind alike can muster. How many times have you washed your car, even waxed it, only to realize you can still feel that "roughness" on the paint's surface as you run your hand over it? Chances are, many! Well, some might assume that a good going-over with a high-speed buffer and some good-quality compound will take care of that, and for the most part, it's true. Unfortunately, that compound can also break down the outer layers of paint over time due to its nature. So, then, what is the solution? Read on...
Mothers introduced its California Gold Clay Bar paint saving system some years ago after seeing the success professional detailers and body shops were having with the clay-based product. The Clay Bar was created to remove the debris/contaminants imbedded in your car's paint--the stuff the average wash job won't remove. You know the "stuff" we're talking about...tree sap, paint overspray, airborne environmental deposits, even grains of metal. Mothers Clay Bar safely removes all that debris, and does so without hurting the paint. Once you've gone over the paint with the clay, you'll have a perfectly prepped surface ready for waxing (which we'll show, too), as well as a clump of clay that "used" to be yellow!
You don't have to be a car care professional to become proficient with the Clay Bar, or with any of Mothers' full line of polishes, waxes, and cleaners. Along with the clay, we put Mothers' three-phase wax process (Pre-Wax Cleaner, Sealer and Glaze, and Pure Carnauba Wax) to the test, and found our paint job the shiniest, smoothest it's ever been. On top of that, we polished up some of our dulled aluminum parts with their new Billet Metal Polish and shined and protected our tires and rubber with Preserves. Just goes to show that if you've got a part, any part, on your car that needs cleaning, Mothers' Polishes/Waxes/Cleaners has got you covered! And whether or not you choose Mothers as your source for products, just keep in mind that taking care of your car will only add to its lifetime (so change the oil while you're at it!).