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How long have you had yours?

I bought mine over five years ago now, and although I've only used it about four times, it still performs really well and has maintained its tackiness.

What about yours, or have I just been lucky? 0:)
 

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I unintentionally left mine on top of a pot of polish and it spot welded itself to the lid with the power of Thor's hammer. It's still there. It will still be there when humanity gives up the ghost and robot vacuums rule the world.
 

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How long have you had yours?

I bought mine over five years ago now, and although I've only used it about four times, it still performs really well and has maintained its tackiness.

What about yours, or have I just been lucky? 0:)
So long as your clay bar is not doing more harm than good as previously picked-up pollutants/grit are dragged across the paintwork on subsequent cleaning attempts :yikes:

I usually* break off a small 'nugget' for each use, folding in on itself after a cleaning pass, throwing away after 4 or 5 passes.

*mine hasn't been used up either, I'm not a diligent detailer. :)
 

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I use half a claybar about 3 times for the whole car.
Then it gets relegated to window cleaning duty until it's
grey. And then it gets binned.


Haven't clayed the Evoque yet.
 

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I use half a claybar about 3 times for the whole car.
Then it gets relegated to window cleaning duty until it's
grey. And then it gets binned.


Haven't clayed the Evoque yet.
Never clayed a car, I believe you recommended a clay kit from Halfords once, never got around to that.

I'm not a detailer either, lucky if it gets a wash, just done all the brakes though, but washing, nah.
 

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I think I posted about the clay glove but have yet to really use it... :eek:

Previously it was Meguire's all the way on the Brera & 159.
 

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Recently switched to a G3 clay mitt. Less likely to be dropped, quicker, easier and reusable.
 

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TeEd, my faith in Halfrauds products is lacking after my silicone aerosol episode, but the mitt might be worth a try?

What I have done with my clay bar is:
1. I stretch it out so that it's about 4" x 2.5"

2. I palm it across an area such as the bonnet,turning it over until both sides are mucky.

3. I then take it in to the kitchen sink, put a spot of Fairy liquid on an old soft bristled pan cleaning brush, and gently scrub of the contaminates, whilst rinsing it under the tap with warm water.
Then when it's nicely rinsed I pat it dry quickly with a paper kitchen towel. I never fold the muck in.:D

This may sound like a lot of time consuming faffing around, but time is something I have in a plenty.:lol:

I keep it stored in a strong sealable food bag when I have finished.

Not sure what the Pre-prep spray is, but I guess it's mainly filtered water which acts as a lubricant?
 

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I can't believe those of you that re-use clay. It can cause scratches and marring. Every time I use a piece of clay it goes in the bin.

I'm not a fan of clay mitts either, they also cause marring and don't fully remove contaminants.

I use nothing but Bilt Hamber clay, after several years of search I've found there's nothing better. It also comes in 200g bars for the same price as you'd pay for 100g at most places.
 

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Anyways, China Clay Kaolin is the suspended mineral in the prep spray I found out, extremely fine, mild polishing abrasive? :rolleyes:
 

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Its unlikey the expiration from pure age is a problem with clay. But yer I would err on the side of using more and throwing away stuff you have used.

Also dont flatten your clay too much when you use it, It will naturally flatten out when its rubbed over the car but dont work with small bits of clay that are like disks. Even though clay is for taking off the sap and crap that shampooing cant take off, there is still a risk of small bits of grit being on the car (in fact its almost inevitable). The more give you have in the clay the more that stuff can be aborbed into the clay. Dont use masses of pressure, and also dont use to much lub. You want to feel a little bit of abrasion (without it sticking or dragging). You want to work reasonably carefully and you want to be remoulding the car after each meter section is done. Ill tend to work with big balls (err!) rather than small balls (ooo!)

In terms of when to discard. I dont usually like using old clay again ever. So once Ive clayed a car I tend to throw that clay away or put it in a seperate bit of tupperware if I think that it didnt really pick much up and its clean.

Do not though be a tight ass with the clay. I certainly would not do 4 cars or use the same bit 4 times or cycles. That clay for sure will have grit in it, even if it looks and feels ok to the hand. What you will end up doing if you use it too much is... you will still remove contaminate. But you will actually be scratching your clearcoat (maybe even to a level thats hard to see unless you have the right light).

So prolly use the clay once. Maybe 2 times max. Then bin it would be my advice.
 

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Its unlikey the expiration from pure age is a problem with clay. But yer I would err on the side of using more and throwing away stuff you have used.

Also dont flatten your clay too much when you use it, It will naturally flatten out when its rubbed over the car but dont work with small bits of clay that are like disks. Even though clay is for taking off the sap and crap that shampooing cant take off, there is still a risk of small bits of grit being on the car (in fact its almost inevitable). The more give you have in the clay the more that stuff can be aborbed into the clay. Dont use masses of pressure, and also dont use to much lub. You want to feel a little bit of abrasion (without it sticking or dragging). You want to work reasonably carefully and you want to be remoulding the car after each meter section is done. Ill tend to work with big balls (err!) rather than small balls (ooo!)

In terms of when to discard. I dont usually like using old clay again ever. So once Ive clayed a car I tend to throw that clay away or put it in a seperate bit of tupperware if I think that it didnt really pick much up and its clean.

Do not though be a tight ass with the clay. I certainly would not do 4 cars or use the same bit 4 times or cycles. That clay for sure will have grit in it, even if it looks and feels ok to the hand. What you will end up doing if you use it too much is... you will still remove contaminate. But you will actually be scratching your clearcoat (maybe even to a level thats hard to see unless you have the right light).

So prolly use the clay once. Maybe 2 times max. Then bin it would be my advice.
I'd say you want LOTS of lube rather than a little. Too little lube will cause marring of the paint. Don't apply any downward pressure either, let the clay do the work.
 

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yer u need some lub for sure its part of the process. but dont go crazy with it. Again this is just what Ive found but you can definetly feel the clay biting when you get it right, but you dont want it skiddy and too loose...
 
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