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    Clay Block usage

    So I purchased a clay block to use on my 2016 Dodge Dart GT black in color. So after washing the car and drying it I started using the clay block. I used large amounts of clay luber but when I wiped off the section I was working on I noticed that I left what appears to be some scuff marks maybe marring of the paint. Not a hole lot but you can see it when up close. This happened on two sections of my car so I stopped the claying process. Did I do something wrong and what is the easiest way to fix it? I was thinking maybe VSS using a dual action polisher but before I ruin my paint I want the thoughts of the experts. Thank you

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    I'm no expert, but I do know that claying can produce micro-marring. If you're working on a car that has never had any type of decontamination done, I'm a big fan of doing both chemical (iron remover) and mechanical (clay) types. Odds are you did not do anything wrong....what you're seeing is the micro-marring. Remember, black paint shows everything. Make certain that you lube the block as well as the surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briarpatch View Post
    I'm no expert, but I do know that claying can produce micro-marring. If you're working on a car that has never had any type of decontamination done, I'm a big fan of doing both chemical (iron remover) and mechanical (clay) types. Odds are you did not do anything wrong....what you're seeing is the micro-marring. Remember, black paint shows everything. Make certain that you lube the block as well as the surface.
    what would be the best way to remove the micro marring?

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    You should always polish with a dual action orbital polisher after claying the paint. I recommend claying the vehicle only 1x per year, followed by a polishing with cleaner wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkH View Post
    You should always polish with a dual action orbital polisher after claying the paint. I recommend claying the vehicle only 1x per year, followed by a polishing with cleaner wax.
    I only clayed two small sections and saw the marring so I stopped. I dont have a DA polisher yet. So I washed the car with blacklite soap and used blacklite glaze and butter wet wax after. Marring is still there but only visible when up close. I have a friend with a DA polisher. Should I use VSS with a white pad to correct the minor marring?

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    I'd go with Cleaner Wax, Deep Reflections XP glaze/wax, All In One Polish + Sealant or P40 Polish+ in that order before VSS. VSS is an aggressiveness level "6" on Autopia's Polish Comparison Chart. That marring will probably go away with a polish of aggressiveness 1-3 like Cleaner Wax or All In One.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkH View Post
    I'd go with Cleaner Wax, Deep Reflections XP glaze/wax, All In One Polish + Sealant or P40 Polish+ in that order before VSS. VSS is an aggressiveness level "6" on Autopia's Polish Comparison Chart. That marring will probably go away with a polish of aggressiveness 1-3 like Cleaner Wax or All In One.
    I do have scratches and swirls on the hood as well thats why I was thinking of using the VSS

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