Tidal Wave USA
"Where Details Matter"
Clay Bar Treatments eliminate paint contanminents from the clear coat.
Ever heard, "A house is only as good as its foundation."  The same applies to waxing any vehicle.  If the clear coat is compromised by paint contamination. Then no wax no matter how good can stop the potential damage of your vehicles paint.

What is paint contamination?

    Paint contamination consists of tiny metal shavings from rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout. This contamination affects all paint finishes and can cause serious damage when left untreated. Paint contamination can be felt as a "rough or gritty" texture on the paint's surface and can lead to tiny rust spots. Many customers confuse "rock chips" or pits in the paint for what actually started as paint contamination.
This contamination can not be removed by washing, waxing and/or polishing.
Stage 1:

Metal shavings land on the paint's surface.

Stage 2:

Shavings start to oxidize.

Stage 3:

Rust forms in the paint.


What is the cause?

There are three major causes of paint contamination:

1. Rail dust - produced from the friction of train wheels against railroad tracks. Over 70% of new vehicles are shipped by rail. Rail dust can contaminate a new car's finish before it even reaches the dealership. Anytime a vehicle is parked or travels near a railroad it is subject to rail dust contamination.

2. Brake dust - particles produced from the friction of brake pads rubbing against the rotor. This metal on metal friction disperses tiny particles of bare metal into the air and on the highway where it collects on passing vehicles.

3. Industrial fallout - another word for pollution, industrial fallout is a byproduct of our modern industrial age.

Is there a test for this type of damage?

    After washing and drying your vehicle, put your hand inside a plastic sandwich bag and lightly run your fingertips over the paint's surface. It should be as smooth as glass.  If your car's surface has a rough, gritty or pebble-like texture, it indicates the presence of paint contamination. This should be removed by having a clay bar treatment before applying a polish or wax.

    There is no wax, natural or synthetic, or any chemical treatment that can prevent or protect against this contamination. Compounding with an abrasive polish may remove paint contamination but it can only be performed a few times before removing too much of the top, clear coat finish.

How Does Auto Detailing Clay Work?

Detailing clay glides along the surface of your paint and grabs anything that protrudes from the surface. The particle sticks to the clay and is therefore removed from your vehicle. The surface being clayed is sprayed with a clay lubricant to prevent loose debris from scratching the vehicle.

Leave it to the Pros, detailing clay is completely safe and nonabrasive. Its a much better option than polishing to remove these contaminants because clay does not remove any paint.  However, store bought kits typically come with an inferior clay bar.  Also, this kits usually only come with enough clay to do a small portion of the vehicle.  This can be disasterous if an individual can not recognize when a clay bar is "full."  When a full clay bar is used a vehicle all of the metal shavings are simply being drug across paint.  This is not much better than trying to clean a vehicle with steel wool.

    This is an example of the potential damage a clay bar treatment can cause when not used by a professional.  See the fine scratches around the center light.  Add a clay bar treatment to your detail package SAVE! The Treatment will save your paint and we will save you some cash by discounting our price verses a stand alone treatment.

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