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Old 07-12-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Clay and I: The Breakup

I was turned on to a new potential clay alternative by Todd when he wrote his review on The Speedy Surface Prep Towel. I was a little skeptical, and if you're anything like me, you take everything with a grain of salt when it comes from someone selling you something. That is NOT a knock against Todd, it's just a general thing I live by. If you haven't checked out his thread on it, go find it. It's really great, this is just another perspective.

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Anyway, I got a chance to try it today as I muddled through 9.5 hours of detailing my car (still not done ). I'm here to tell you, you can throw your clay away. This thing is amazing, and better than clay in every way I can think of. I'll tell you why.

First of all, it's FAST. It cut my claying time at least in half, and that's even with me being paranoid about marring with a new product. What you do is mist a panel with clay lube, mist the rubber part of the towel, and just wipe it across. If it gets contaminated, rinse it off in a bucket of water and keep going. The towel is much bigger than a piece of clay and it also clears the paint in less swipes than clay does. Win-win.

Second, it's safe. I keep my paint in probably 90-95% perfect condition at all times, something I have to work at very hard since it's a DD. I noticed no marring whatsoever under garage lights and the Brinkmann. I didn't post pics because, well it's hard to post pics of what doesn't happen...

Third, it's easier to use. What I mean by this is it's easier to know when you're done. The towel acts/feels like the baggy does when you're testing your paint. You can feel all the grit and then feel it become smooth. You don't get that with clay.

Fourth, it's more economical. A cheap clay kit can cost you $20, and usually comes with 2 clay bars. For me, that's usually about 4-6 cars. This towel claims to be good for up to 100 cars, and costs $60. To get to 100 cars, I'd have to spend upward of $300 on the clay kits.

Fifth, what's the most frustrating thing about clay? You're working a panel, getting it all smoothed out and it slips out of your hand. Great, now you have to throw it away and get a new piece. What if that happens with the Speed Towel? You rinse it off in water and continue. Love it.

If I had one complaint, it's that it's difficult to tell when the black rubber becomes contaminated. With clay, you can see it and you know when to fold. It's hard to know when to rinse off the towel, but I did it after every panel to be safe. Maybe if the rubber was a different color it would be easier. I know that's not much of a "flaw" but I had to try to come up with something.

This is my absolute favorite new product I've tried in a long, long time. I honestly would've paid twice as much as I did after trying it. It's THAT good. I'm extremely pleased and doubt I'll ever go back to clay. I may keep a bar on hand for some really nasty crap, but this is the future for me. I just wish I had found it sooner.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good deal if you are going to clay that many cars.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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Sounds like a good deal if you are going to clay that many cars.
Even if you clay one. It's so much easier and more effective.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #4
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Sounds like a good deal if you are going to clay that many cars.
Or if you are going to have your car looking good for many, many years to come.

Thanks for the review CamaroDreams! I might have to go crawling back to my car shampoo store and pick one of these up.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:41 PM   #5
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Great review Matt. I'm picking one of these up as soon as I get paid. Just so every1 knows, this is the fine grade (grey colored towel). If you pick up the blue towel elsewhere, you will get a lot of marring as it is more course. Same with the autoscrub system. There is a blue fine pad now that doesn't mar.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:57 PM   #6
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Good to know, I just sent a NanoSkin back to Detailer's Domain and was planning on sticking with the clay I have on hand. Once I'm out, I may pull the switch. Thanks for the review, but your skill level is higher than that of most of us - how would you recommend it for someone who is more of a novice?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:31 AM   #7
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Good to know, I just sent a NanoSkin back to Detailer's Domain and was planning on sticking with the clay I have on hand. Once I'm out, I may pull the switch. Thanks for the review, but your skill level is higher than that of most of us - how would you recommend it for someone who is more of a novice?
The more novice you are, the more I'd recommend it. It makes it so much easier to decon your paint.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:04 AM   #8
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Very nice review!
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:17 AM   #9
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nice! I may buy this at some point. No clay left, so might as well Thanks for the review!
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My detail guy used this towel on my car. He was raving about it.
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I was turned on to a new potential clay alternative by Todd when he wrote his review on The Speedy Surface Prep Towel. I was a little skeptical, and if you're anything like me, you take everything with a grain of salt when it comes from someone selling you something. That is NOT a knock against Todd, it's just a general thing I live by. If you haven't checked out his thread on it, go find it. It's really great, this is just another perspective.

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Anyway, I got a chance to try it today as I muddled through 9.5 hours of detailing my car (still not done ). I'm here to tell you, you can throw your clay away. This thing is amazing, and better than clay in every way I can think of. I'll tell you why.

First of all, it's FAST. It cut my claying time at least in half, and that's even with me being paranoid about marring with a new product. What you do is mist a panel with clay lube, mist the rubber part of the towel, and just wipe it across. If it gets contaminated, rinse it off in a bucket of water and keep going. The towel is much bigger than a piece of clay and it also clears the paint in less swipes than clay does. Win-win.

Second, it's safe. I keep my paint in probably 90-95% perfect condition at all times, something I have to work at very hard since it's a DD. I noticed no marring whatsoever under garage lights and the Brinkmann. I didn't post pics because, well it's hard to post pics of what doesn't happen...

Third, it's easier to use. What I mean by this is it's easier to know when you're done. The towel acts/feels like the baggy does when you're testing your paint. You can feel all the grit and then feel it become smooth. You don't get that with clay.

Fourth, it's more economical. A cheap clay kit can cost you $20, and usually comes with 2 clay bars. For me, that's usually about 4-6 cars. This towel claims to be good for up to 100 cars, and costs $60. To get to 100 cars, I'd have to spend upward of $300 on the clay kits.

Fifth, what's the most frustrating thing about clay? You're working a panel, getting it all smoothed out and it slips out of your hand. Great, now you have to throw it away and get a new piece. What if that happens with the Speed Towel? You rinse it off in water and continue. Love it.

If I had one complaint, it's that it's difficult to tell when the black rubber becomes contaminated. With clay, you can see it and you know when to fold. It's hard to know when to rinse off the towel, but I did it after every panel to be safe. Maybe if the rubber was a different color it would be easier. I know that's not much of a "flaw" but I had to try to come up with something.

This is my absolute favorite new product I've tried in a long, long time. I honestly would've paid twice as much as I did after trying it. It's THAT good. I'm extremely pleased and doubt I'll ever go back to clay. I may keep a bar on hand for some really nasty crap, but this is the future for me. I just wish I had found it sooner.
Great review on a new way on removing the contamination off your car.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:54 PM   #12
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Thanks for the review. I have never clayed before but recently purchased some deatiling supplies from Adam's, so I need to first. It looks like I will be picking this up as well!
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:19 PM   #13
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nice! I may buy this at some point. No clay left, so might as well Thanks for the review!
That's what convinced me to take the plunge, too. I accidentally dumped ALL of my clay off of my shelf onto the ground. $60 worth of primarily new clay in the garbage...
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:19 PM   #14
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Appreciate the write up. It is always hard to try a new product on our cars. Glad this towel works. As always it is nice to have members true feedback.

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Thanks for the write up, I will defiantly have to pick this up, idk what am I gonna do with 6 clay bars lol (besides nasty jobs)
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Id much rather try this then clay.
How long does the cloth last?
I only need to do three cars so just wondering
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Nice review clayed a car for the first time in my life yesterday. Used mothers and im telling you I was wore out after I was done. But the finish product was clean. Im sold on process. But I love this idea!!
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So, where can we buy this and exactly what do we buy? Apparently there are some different variations and colors available. Todd, can you post a link?

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How long does the cloth last?
I only need to do three cars so just wondering
The manufacturer states that these towels are good for 100 cars or more.
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So, where can we buy this and exactly what do we buy? Apparently there are some different variations and colors available. Todd, can you post a link?

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We only stock the fine grade towel because frankly even the fine grade towel is more than enough to handle contamination quickly (faster then a clay bar) and keeps the risk of marring to an absolute minimum.

The more aggressive towel (in blue) will cut through extremely stubborn contamination a little faster but will, in most cases, leave very light surface scratches on the paint.

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So, where can we buy this and exactly what do we buy? Apparently there are some different variations and colors available. Todd, can you post a link?

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There was also a link in the OP lol

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Old 07-14-2012, 10:47 AM   #22
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Thanks for the review CamaroDreams07. This was exactly the kinda of things I was worried about so I was waiting until someone posted a review after using it. I think I'm going to order one today.
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Thanks for the review CamaroDreams07. This was exactly the kinda of things I was worried about so I was waiting until someone posted a review after using it. I think I'm going to order one today.
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I need to get some clay or THIS TOWEL asap, but Jeez Louise!......$25 to ship it to me in Canada? Couldn't it just be put in a padded envelope? And that is USPS/Canada Post shipping cost? :( :(

I realize its got to make its way from down in Florida up to me in Ontario, Canada, but for something smallish and flat.....ouch . I'm going to buy one, I just need time to wrap my head around the shipping cost.....DAMN post office
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I need to get some clay or THIS TOWEL asap, but Jeez Louise!......$25 to ship it to me in Canada? Couldn't it just be put in a padded envelope? And that is USPS/Canada Post shipping cost? :( :(

I realize its got to make its way from down in Florida up to me in Ontario, Canada, but for something smallish and flat.....ouch . I'm going to buy one, I just need time to wrap my head around the shipping cost.....DAMN post office
I ship items to canada everyday and they are 1lb each, the cost is $5.75 1st class airmail and they get there in 10 days so there is no way that should cost $25.
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