After washing and rinsing your vehicle, working from top to bottom a panel at a time, lubricate the area to be clayed with a designated clay lube or detailing spray. Apply liberally and reapply during the claying process as necessary.
Glide the clay over the lubricated surface of the paintwork with your fingertips applying little or no pressure. Work in linear motions trying to follow the contours of the vehicle.
You should be able to feel any roughness or bonded surface contaminants on the paintwork as you move the clay over the surface. Continue to work the area until any roughness is eliminated.
Work your way around each panel checking the clay regularly for contaminants, remoulding it to reveal a fresh surface as necessary.
If you’re working outside it is advised that you rinse down each panel after the claying to prevent the lube or detailing spray from drying on the paintwork.
Headlights and light clusters can also be carefully clayed in the same manner to remove any bonded surface contaminants.
Clay the bottom third of the vehicle’s paintwork last as this is usually the part that has the heaviest contamination.
Once the vehicle’s paintwork has been clayed you can move onto the windows and glass. This should be undertaken in exactly the same way as claying the paintwork.
Exhausts and metalwork can also be clayed to remove any bonded contaminants.
Finally, your wheels can be clayed to remove stubborn dirt and bonded on brake dust particles.
And here you can see the extent to which bonded surface contaminants have been removed from the vehicle with the clay.