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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 19, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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clay barring recommendations

Is one brand of clay bar as good as another (I have only used Mothers thus far).

When you clay bar your car, what are you steps start - finish?

Do you mask / tape off areas?
Do you bar glass? Chrome? Stainless trim?
Are there interior parts that'd benefit from a clay bar, say, maybe the aluminum insert on the console?
I know you can claybar base/clear, can all paint types benefit?

I'd love to hear the dos/don'ts and tips from ya all.

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Re: clay barring recommendations

Clay bar is abrasive and becomes more abrasive as you accumulate contaminants in the clay. It will leave micro scratches. Its main purpose is to remove contaminants before any polishing or swirl removal.

I only use it on paint if the paint doesn't pass the plastic bag test.

I try not to mask anything off. I'm afraid I could rip off paint and cause more problems. My 96 has rubber window molding, I will mask this off with just about any product or process I apply to the paint to avoid discoloration and a lot of work to restore it's color. Again, I try to keep the tape off the paint to avoid ripping off paint.

I'm sure there are benefits of its use in other applications or areas where surface contamination exists.

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Re: clay barring recommendations

I've been using Meguiar's Clay Bar for years, and have had great results with it. I bought a new 2018 Equinox last summer and the paint finish almost felt like sandpaper from getting hosed of and drying in the sun on the dealer's lot. I clay barred it and it was smooth as glass, then waxed with Meguiar's Tech 2 wax. I haven't had to clay bar my Chevelle.
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Re: clay barring recommendations

The daily driver, which is black, gets the clay bar treatment every spring, after a winter of road salt and other indignities. Wash the car first with something like Meguires Gold Class car wash. Next break out the clay bar. They say to only use the lube that is included with the clay bar kit, but in a pinch you could use spot detailing spray. Constantly check the bar for any contaminants that you can see or feel, and knead the bar often or you will be grinding the contaminants back into the paint. I really don't see any need to use it on bright work but you could. You could also try it on your glass if you find it to be stubborn to get clean. I really don't see anyplace where it would be appropriate on any interior pieces. I never mask anything, I just pay attention when I do it freehand. You must wax after using a bar because it strips off any wax. On my black car I used to finish it with Liquid Glass, but they stopped selling it around here. Since then they have opened a Chemical Guys detailing supply store in neighboring Pickering, so I bought some of their brand of specific Black Luminous Glow Infusion. Today the car has about 250k & 9 years of daily driving and it still looks practically new. On the news today they said that they will have dumped 11 to 13,000 tons of salt around the city.

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Re: clay barring recommendations

look into a clay bar rag.
A lot easier on the hands and washable.
Just as effective and covers more surface area in a shorter amount of time
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look into a clay bar rag.
A lot easier on the hands and washable.
Just as effective and covers more surface area in a shorter amount of time
I'd never heard of clay rag or clay mitt before; thanks for the tip!!

I found this I thought others might like to read that compares these: https://www.lenosgarage.com/blogs/ne...r-vs-clay-mitt
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 19, 9:36 AM
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Re: clay barring recommendations

That is a good video. I have been using clay bar for years but had not even heard of a clay mitt. Has anyone tried one and how did you like it compared to clay bar? Also with a mitt I am sure certain brands are better than others.
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I've been using the nanoskin autoscrub as an alternative to clay. Seems to work well, and is easier to use (IMO). Other's make the same kind of deal (surf city, etc)
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On the news today they said that they will have dumped 11 to 13,000 tons of salt around the city.
Cam... Back in December, I was on the 401 east of YYZ when they had trucks out spraying the nasty liquid pre-treat stuff. Glad I was in a rental car, as one of the nozzles on the truck was pretty much blasting everything that passed in the adjacent lane.

Nasty stuff. I would imagine that liquid pre-treat full-strength is worse than conventional salt. Glad I don't see those spray trucks around here!
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Re: clay barring recommendations

I am intrigued by the clay mitt. So I did some research by reading reviews by users of various brands of clay mitts. Saw many favorable and unfavorable reviews on mitts. My take is it doesn't do as good of a job as the clay bar although it sounds like it is quicker. Trying to decide if I want to try one.
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Re: clay barring recommendations

If you drop the clay while working with it, pretty much game over for that clay. If you drop the mitt, itís washable.
claying the first time takes the longest. After that itís a lot faster and less work in year two, etc. just use lots of clay lube. I use Optimum No Rinse as a lube, detailer, rinseless wash and spot cleaner. Itís great and smells good too.
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Re: clay barring recommendations

So what brands of clay mitt have you used and your opinion on those. Just became aware of the Optimum product. Could see using jt as a clay lubricant and a detailer but am not sold on the no rinse wash. Maybe for someone that lives in a condo or apartment and only other option is a self serve car wash but think I will stick with a hose.
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So what brands of clay mitt have you used and your opinion on those. Just became aware of the Optimum product. Could see using jt as a clay lubricant and a detailer but am not sold on the no rinse wash. Maybe for someone that lives in a condo or apartment and only other option is a self serve car wash but think I will stick with a hose.



I was skeptical too until I used a rinseless wash for the first time. They really work
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Re: clay barring recommendations

So after watching a video on the ABN clay towel/mitt I saw they have a clay polishing pad for a random orbital polisher. I have one of those and use it for polishing and waxing. Lots of luke warm reviews on that. Seems like many said the clay polishing pad dried out quickly and left clay streaks on the paint.


https://www.amazon.com/ABN-Clay-Medi...ews-filter-bar
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 19, 12:40 PM
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Re: clay barring recommendations

yeah, I wouldn't trust that pad. looks like it would be easy to muck things up if you don't have a lot of lube (that's what she said)

clay barring doesn't really take a lot of elbow grease, so it's not really fatiguing on the arms.

no need for a power tool for this job

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