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How important is it to clay before polishing and waxing?

tl dr: It isn't necessary, but it improves the quality of the polish/wax job. "Claying" (otherwise known as using a clay bar or detailing clay), is a means by which to remove contaminates from the ...
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How important is it to clay before polishing and waxing?

It would be silly to skip claying if the paint surface is heavy with contaminants and go to the compounding/polishing step; it would be like using makeup to cover blackheads - the right thing to do is ...
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How to choose between mild and agressive clay "cut"?

The different "cuts" are like the coarseness of sandpaper – they describe how deeply the material scratches the surface. The more "aggressive" cuts remove material at a faster rate – this means that ...
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How good are clay bar substitutes for "claying"?

I've used both clay bar and clay mitt (similar to the product you've posted). Advantages of clay mitt: if dropped, you can clean it off and use it rather than throw it away typically covers larger ...
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Is there a way to regain the clearcoat lost by polishing?

The straightforward answer is, the only way to regain lost clear coat through polishing is to re-spray it with more clear coat. There are a lot more factors with what you're asking, though. The ...
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Restoring Stainless Steel Part

Just remove the crud, dust, dirt and grease then fit it. The stainless will be fine. Trying to get it to a poloished mirror type finish is not worth the effort, especially as it is an exhaust heat ...
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