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I have a question about the use of clay; how do u use it..?? (the thing is I've not heard of it til I became a AO member) & how long will it last & do u keep it in the block it comes in or do u pull some bits off & use them..?? I know I sound a bit thick but if u don't ask then u'll never know (I don't want buy it til I know how to use it & what bennefits are..??)
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Re: Clay....??

Use it with soapy water or detailer, it has to be wet......use the the bar it will last a while if you keep it wrapped in cling.....soon as it gets to dirty chuck it.....do it, it is hard work specialy the first time then every 4 -6 months.....for the best shine ever
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Pull off enough to make a pad about 3 inches in diameter
and 1/3 inch thick.

Spray a section of the surface with the detailer.

Rub the clay pad over the surface in a circular motion
spraying as you go to keep it lubricated. The clay will
glide more smoothly the cleaner the surface becomes.

Turn and/or knead the clay from time-to-time to get
a clean surface on it.

Don't re-use clay if you've dropped it.

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First time I did mine the bar was really dark brown after just one go - just shows how much crap was on there, despite me cleaning the car in a regular fashion every week. You can keep turning the bar over to find a clean bit but eventually the whole things gets filthy. You'll notice the paint surface is totally smooth afterwards, its well worth it. Don't forget to polish / wax afterwards though...
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This should help



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Clay is the best stuff in the whole wide world

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/just-...iat-punto.html Have a lil look at my thread
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once you have clayed do you need to apply a wax?

(i also have never used or understood it)
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Yes. Clay then wax Daniel-son.
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so is clay a way of deeep deeep cleaning to get of all the cr*p does it work on plastcs too?
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I didnt use clay on my plastic bumpers, but it certainly got rid of all the mould off my car where it had been sat for months and months before I bought it.

It really is excellent stuff
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so is clay a way of deeep deeep cleaning to get of all the cr*p does it work on plastcs too?
Indeed! Can't see how it would work on plastic though.
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Yes. Clay then wax Daniel-son.

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I didnt use clay on my plastic bumpers, but it certainly got rid of all the mould off my car where it had been sat for months and months before I bought it.

It really is excellent stuff
what did you use on the bumpers?
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Re: Clay....??

Well I used the clay on my 146ti & it came up great really smooth very nice finish I'm well happy just used some ASR just to protect while I order some polish & wax from detailed obession......
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Re: Clay....??

something that has not be mentioned ?

don't rub hard ! just let it glide over the paintwork with the lube, until you feel the gritty'ness has gone but don't apply pressure or it will marr and scratch the paintwork.

the idea being that once done the surface is prime for sealant and wax as the products have a fresh good surface to adhere to, but leaving it without applying wax to protect means you have no paintwork protection !
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what did you use on the bumpers?
AG's bumper car, brings those bumpers back to black !
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Well I used the clay on my 146ti & it came up great really smooth very nice finish I'm well happy just used some ASR just to protect while I order some polish & wax from detailed obession......
WE need pics
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Re: Clay....??

this was clayed with Megs magic clay and lube,sealant applied and then a top coat of wax (collinite 476 top stuff) clay is great for doing the wheels as well and i seal and wax them as well (well there painted so why not clean protect them like the paintwork).
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Clay is a product that at first glance appears to be money for old rope.
But ends up being like those squidgy stress thingies and is also the first
step to make yourcar very shiny. ;thumbs:
 
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Re: Clay....??

So, it's a mild, fine, abrasive,burnishing, compound suspended in what, a soluble wax base or something? Sounds absolutely fascinating, and quite expensive too boot.:
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From what I understand ZF, it's kaolin based plasticine.
 
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Ah, right Nev.: And the fine abrasive is? Crushed Garnet dust, or something, to justify the price?:
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I think it's the kaolin itself which is the mild abrasive.

The price? That's the genius. (For the sellers.)
 
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Ah! the gullible motoring public at large, Eh, Nev? : Good night chap.:
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WE need pics
No worries just have to wash it again as I work on a industrail estate so it gets quite dirty every week but as soon as I wash it & dry it I'll post some pics.......

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