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Claying a car is highly recommended to prepare the surface as a clay bar is great at removing brake dust, bug residue, acid rain, and overspray. Steve applies pressure to the clay bar and "glides" it back and forth over every surface, including the panels, glass, wheels, and mirrors. He uses his wash mitt and soap to lubricate the surface before using the clay bar, but a detail spray or mist like SFX offers (PN SFX-05, retail $7.95) works equally well. Steve cautions owners: "After gliding the bar across a portion of a panel, inspect the bar for contaminants. If found, knead the bar to find a clean clay area before continuing. And by all means, if you drop the clay bar on the ground, replace it."