DaveB420 explained clay well. Just youtube a video of it.
Here's a simple one:
Reading how to use it can be a little confusing as it seems weird to be rubbing down your car with clay and the neighbors may think your crazy
As far as waxing and sealants. Everyone has a different product they use, but there are a few that are more common/recommended among detailers (at least what I found during my research)
The question that I needed to answer was how often did I want to wax to protect my cars finish? You can get Carnauba waxes that produce a brilliant finish but need to be done more often, or you can get synthetic waxes and sealants that will last 3,6,9, or even 12 months. The synthetics produce a different finish, and it is a matter of personal preference in my opinion.
So for me:
1. I didn't have time to re-wax my car every couple of weeks.
2. I wanted something that would protect for a long period of time and I could basically do a wash and a quick detail when I felt like it and not worry about the finish being unprotected.
3. The answer was a synthetic sealant and IF I want that extra finish look that a Carnauba wax offers, I could do it overtop the synthetic and it would be perfectly fine and give that different finish!
I use Klasse All in One Polish and Sealant
then I use Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze.
My process the first time was:
Wash, dry, clay, wash and dry again (to remove any residue from the claying process) then apply Klasse AIO (I applied 2 coats for good measure to make sure I got spots I may have missed, you can apply 1 or as many as you want), then applied Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze (Again I applied 2 coats, you can apply 1 or as many as you want.)
I did this same process again 2 months after so I felt like I really had it protected. The labels say it is good for up to 12 months, but I will be doing it every 6. Now I wash every week or every other week and simply Wash it down good and use a quick detailer. Water beads up perfectly and it always looks fantastic. Next time I need to apply coats again I will do the same process that I put above.
The threads in this section are great, find out what fits your needs! If you decide to go with Klasse, you can still keep your turtle wax and apply that over top the high gloss sealant. Looking at places like autotopia and others is great to understand the process and the different options, but to be honest you don't need everything they tell you that you need. A few things are good, but those professionals can be pretty anal about their cars
My best tips that I think is most important before waxing:
Use the two bucket wash system and clay.
Buy a wash mit
Buy 2x Grit Guards (
and use 2x buckets for your washing and rinsing.
This helps get grime off without dragging the dirt around on the surface and creating all those little microabrasions. It doesn't matter how good your wax or sealant that you buy is if the surface is not prepared properly.