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PostSubject: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeApril 17th 2010, 7:48 pm

So is that really needed? Saw a kit at auto zone like 18 bucks came with a clay bar and some spray. if I get a clay bar what do you spray on it before rubbing the clay bar? I have heard some people use a certain spray some people just say hot soapy water.
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeApril 17th 2010, 7:53 pm

Yes spray the area before using the clay bar, work small sections at a time. Dont be afraid to use alot of spray. After that you have to wax the car. If you really want to do it right, after the clay bar you should use a paint cleaner and then wax. Thats probably about a 8 hour job. You dont have to use the paint cleaner, you can just wax it. But when you do decide to use the cleaner, you will have to wax again.

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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeApril 17th 2010, 8:14 pm

Another method would be to wash first, then use a wax stripping product (to get down to the paint) then clay bar, polish and wax.
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeApril 18th 2010, 10:09 am

wax stripping agent? Is that like another wash or a by hand application like claybar or waxing?
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeApril 18th 2010, 10:39 am

pjcharger wrote:
wax stripping agent? Is that like another wash or a by hand application like claybar or waxing?

Any standard dish washing soap is a very very good Wax removing agent...A few drops on dawn in the bucket and you will get down to your clear coat. Once you are there use the spray that comes with the kit for the clay bar, Then wax it after that!! You baby should then be looking better than when you pulled it outta the showroom!!
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 13th 2010, 7:39 pm

the clay bar is awesome .make sure you use enough spray detailer to properly remove grit without scratching
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 13th 2010, 9:36 pm

Clay bar is the BEST!

Just be careful...if the bar TOUCHES the ground, throw it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 13th 2010, 10:41 pm

Yeah it made my car SO smooth afterwards!! Totally worth the work, BUT it does seem never ending LoL I looked at the litte bar, and how big my car was. Pretty much blew it off for about a week, then bit the bullet and went to town, I did it over the course of 2-3 days LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 14th 2010, 7:08 am

Moparcharger06 wrote:
Yeah it made my car SO smooth afterwards!! Totally worth the work, BUT it does seem never ending LoL I looked at the litte bar, and how big my car was. Pretty much blew it off for about a week, then bit the bullet and went to town, I did it over the course of 2-3 days LOL

It only takes me about 90 minutes...
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 14th 2010, 7:41 am

Thats if you do it regulary, like once or twice a year. If you have never done it you will spend alot more time on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 14th 2010, 8:16 am

Yeah I really enjoy doing it. The most challenging part is keeping from dropping it when you're doing the vertical surfaces.

BTW I've used Meguiars clay bar twice, and Mothers the last time. I found the Mothers bar WAY easier to work with...much softer and easier to re-knead than the meguiars.

Also, you use quick detailer spray as the lubricant for the bar (the spray should come in the kit with the bar). I found meguiars regular QD spray to be the most watery (not necc. A bad thing), the Mothers to be the...richest? Not sure how else to describe it. But I liked it.
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 14th 2010, 8:37 am

ugh... haha all that work.... seems just easier to pay someone to do it...
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 14th 2010, 8:42 am

firestartr420 wrote:
ugh... haha all that work.... seems just easier to pay someone to do it...
More gratifying if you do it yourself.

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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 14th 2010, 8:50 am

Shawn1112 wrote:
firestartr420 wrote:
ugh... haha all that work.... seems just easier to pay someone to do it...
More gratifying if you do it yourself.

Plus you get your own quality control=yourself.
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PostSubject: Re: Clay bar question   Clay bar question I_icon_minitimeMay 15th 2010, 9:22 am

It is SOOOOO worth it. Clay is the best thing to happen to detailing in the last 20 years. It may be a lot of work, but it pays off with the results. If you would rather not do it yourself we can surely take care of it for you. Smile
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