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(@john-matras)
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So I tried clay barring my 1990 because yeah it really needs it. Watching all the videos and reading all the instructions, I sprayed the lube on “liberally” and clayed  away.

And it’s supposed to drag as it cleans, and then when it’s clean it’s supposed to stop dragging. Except because of my liberal application perhaps, it never felt like it dragged and worse, although I can see some progress, it’s still a long way from shiny.

So, am I putting on too much lube? Am I expecting too much, considering the condition of the paint, and need to do more applications or longer applications?  If I’m showing up at the Ray Price cars & coffee, I want to be all clean and shiny. 😀


   
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You want enough line for it to not stick to the paint but not so much that it doesn’t pick up the dirt. Clay  bar won’t shine the paint, it removes impurities and makes it smooth so the wax or polish works better.  Time consuming process

Mike & Angela
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(@john-matras)
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I worked on it more this afternoon. Backed off on the lube and it started picking stuff up. But after 30 years of neglect, Rome wasn't built in a day, or something like that.


   
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I have used Turtle wax color Back Finish restorer with good effect.

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OFF TOPIC - but I recently viewed a youtube video of a guy doing a professional paint restore on a 1990 miata which had been garaged since 1993.  1500 miles and the top was never put down.

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(@john-matras)
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@bogey1 What, did someone lose the key to the garage?


   
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@whybu1 I’m doing better at it though the hood seems to be the worst. It’s kind of streaky with some yellowish that I need to hit again. I have been able to clean up around the door handles, white instead of smudgy gray.


   
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Posted by: @john-matras

@bogey1 What, did someone lose the key to the garage?

Part of an estate sale. Even though it wasn't driven it had oil change and wax yearly - essentially a new car.

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Follow up: The claybar came out well. The car looks white again and waxed up really nice. Really looks new. Well, that's an overstatement but still, with a layer of wax it looks very nice for an old car.

 


   
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John, not only will that layer of wax allow your old car to look nice, the wax will also help your car to drive and handle better.


   
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(@john-matras)
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@rhetlaw Cars I drive always drive better the longer I drive them. The healing touch.


   
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