Richard's Top 3
Surface Prep Tips


Proper lubrication. Keeping your clay bar or polymer/clay matrix product sufficiently lubricated is key to thorough surface prepping. Use Speed Shine®, Rinseless Wash & Wax mixed to 15:1, or diluted Car Wash.


Work in small sections. Limiting your work area allows you to better focus your efforts. Also, using the same crosshatch pattern we recommend for Random Orbitals will also pay dividends during surface prep.


Pretreat the tough stuff. If you have a heavily contaminated surface, use Iron & Fallout Remover to eliminate deeply embedded contaminants before moving to a mechanical surface prep product.

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