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Is it worth it to clay bar a brand new car before waxing?

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About to do a wax this weekend, need some detailing guru advice. The paint seems fairly smooth as far as I can tell.
 

utmeep

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Always clay before any sealant regardless of how new. You don't want to seal contaminants do you?
 
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YES!!!!

Contaminants are constantly in the air and are always landing on your paint in one way or another.
 
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I just washed and waxed my '18 Rav4 and my Telly this morning. I did not have clay bar in hand and my wife's 1 y/o Rav4 had black and orange speckles. I kicked myself for not ordering clay bars, but I wanted to proceed. I did have rubbing compound in hand, so I did remove most of them. I didn't want to do that for Telly (although there were some dealer created contaminations from underbody rust proofing)... perhaps I should have held off waxing until I ordered some clay bar... Sorry about my rant.
 
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I just washed and waxed my '18 Rav4 and my Telly this morning. I did not have clay bar in hand and my wife's 1 y/o Rav4 had black and orange speckles. I kicked myself for not ordering clay bars, but I wanted to proceed. I did have rubbing compound in hand, so I did remove most of them. I didn't want to do that for Telly (although there were some dealer created contaminations from underbody rust proofing)... perhaps I should have held off waxing until I ordered some clay bar... Sorry about my rant.
If you haven't wax it yet you can still clay it.
 
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Definitely clay it. I’ve found a product better than wax and it’s very easy to use, look up Meguiars Ultimate Fast Finish. Clay the car, the spray this stuff on a microfiber and apply to car. Super easy and getting better, longer lasting results than a wax. Heck of a lot faster to apply.
 


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