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First time posting pics... Finally have time to work on the Z4... It was a lot harder to shine a black car (I got a 7 year old yellow Focus).. and it was also because the previous owner did not take good care of the paint.. It took me about 6 hours yesterday and lots of swearings but I think the result is well worth the effort. I only applied 1 coat of Autoglym extra gloss protection after claybarring as I ran out of those stuff.. will need to do another 2 coats when I get some more...
Clay bar is a compound that you rub on the surface of the paint. It's extremely tacky and picks up all the tiny particles embedded in your paint. You need to spray lubricant on the car, then rub the clay on the surface and it pulls everything up. The result is a beautiful looking paint that is extremely smooth to the touch.
Usually you'd clay bar it, then polish and wax it after. It can also be a lengthy process, especially for your first time... (first time I did it to my car, took almost 4-5 hours to do the whole thing. My hands were pretty tired by the end of it.)