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who uses clay bar ?

anyone else detail their car using clay bar ? tried it for the first time this week , awesome stuff , impressive results too
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Claying is really good

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I have used the meguiars clay kit for some years on various cars. tend to give the car a good once over every year, at around this time, to make it look nice and shiney for the summer.

Take me about 4 hours in total to do, before I even start on the inside.
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Whatever you do, DO NOT use a turtlewax clay bar kit
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Makes a big difference. I tried it with and without clay and the difference is very noticeable.
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I've just ordered the Bilt Hamber clay bar with some other bits from their website. Their clay bar only needs water as lubricant, not a special detailer, and it's come top of the Auto Express group tests 2 years running....hopefully it's still as good!

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Clay bar treatment is essential for a good finish but will invariably introduce some marring to the paint, easily rectified if you know what you're doing
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You can use any lubricant for clay like water or detergent or what ever. But it is recommended that you wash the car with detergent after claying
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I find it leaves awful hazing on the paintwork. It's far too abrasive, go for meguairs

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I use the Auto Glym kit, great results. Paint feels so much smoother afterwards.
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I find it leaves awful hazing on the paintwork. It's far too abrasive, go for meguairs

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+1 for me on that. Claying is essential if you want a smooth/shiny finish
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I got the meguiars paint restoration kit last week, had good results. The included bar is only 25 grams though, so it's quite fiddly to use. The gold class wash, cutting compound and wax included are great.
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.....Clay bar. Clay bar. Clay bar!

It very therapeutic and that glassy feel once you've finished a panel
will have you eager to finish the whole car.


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I've just clayed for the first time (picked my car up on Thursday)! Paintwork feels great to touch, but optically I've not noticed much different tbh.
Maybe I did something wrong
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I've just ordered the Bilt Hamber clay bar with some other bits from their website. Their clay bar only needs water as lubricant, not a special detailer, and it's come top of the Auto Express group tests 2 years running....hopefully it's still as good!

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Used it and its very good, my paintwork feels like glass
 
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I've just clayed for the first time (picked my car up on Thursday)! Paintwork feels great to touch, but optically I've not noticed much different tbh.
Maybe I did something wrong
claying only takes the contaminents out of the paint pal , so if the car is already v.shiney , your not likely to see a massive difference to the eye but in the long run , less crasp will stick to the car after claying rather than just polish alone
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You can use any lubricant for clay like water or detergent or what ever. But it is recommended that you wash the car with detergent after claying
Didn't know that. I just waxed. Car needs a wash then a wax then.
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I'm using Monello's clay kit and a harder clay from Meguiars. I use it to remove bugs and any other hard particles from the paintwork. When a surface still contains contaminants, those can become swirls or scratches when you wash the car. Also when polishing, any dirt will be rubbed deeper in the clear coat. I use a plastic freezer bag (not sure if that is the correct term) to feel the paint. If it does not feel smooth under my fingtips I clay where needed.
A proper clayed->polished/waxed surface will easier let go of water and dirt.
I maybe a bit obsessed with cleanliness, but a clean alfa romeo puts a tear in my eye
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I use the Bilt Hamber clay, really top stuff.

Great if you wish to fully paint correct the body work, takes everything off and right back to the lacquer.

You can then start to wash, use polishes and DA's to cut and clean up the finish, then wax to keep the finish looking prime. I recommend 2 layers of wax, leave about 6 - 10 hours between wax coats.

If you car begins to attract dust then no problem, next time you wash the car down, the dirt will simply fall off over the wax
 
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Claybarred the Gtv this morning. My wife was so impressed that I had to do her Renault scenic too. Threw the clay away afterwards after being on the piece of rubbish Renault. It had gone past its best anyway.
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My clay bar is from a Meguiars kit... but I think it's haunted. It never wears out.

It picks up scuzzy dirt and turns brown or grey as I use it. So I knead it a lot and make sure I don't grind that crap into the paint... Then when I'm done I put it back in it's little plastic box.

But the next time I use it, it has turned light grey again. Not pristine white.. but not too shabby and I can't see any dirt or grit in it any more. Using it (with Detailer as lube) makes no marks at all.. so it's in fine condition.

Every time I say to myself... "next time I'll use a new bar" but when I get it out, it's miraculously clean and new looking again. Do I have clay-bar pixies?


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3M for me as it's body shop standard and available in different grades.

Use a clear sandwich baggy or plastic glove to feel over panels. If it grabs, then you've missed a bit.
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