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Old 04-27-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Clay bar

What's the best clay bar to use. Any suggestions would be appreciated
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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I've used Mother's and I've used Meguiar's and they both seem to be the same and I've had great results with both.
I do mine at the start of car show season and just did mine 2wks ago, and followed it up with polish, wax and then a sealer. You can see my results on what will be a 4yr old car this October.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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same here i cant tell much diff between the 2. both great .
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I like Zaino.
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According to "Junkman", all clay comes from the same place and there is no difference.
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Doing mine in 2 weeks. Gonna use Zaino. I already had it before the new towel method came out.

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Thanks for replies, what the new towel method, do you have to clay before zaino, what's the process of zaino
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:57 PM   #10
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I use mothers clay bars and never have had a problem.
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Thanks for replies, what the new towel method, do you have to clay before zaino, what's the process of zaino
Zaino has a full line of products for detailing. http://www.zainostore.com/
I use their Show Car Wash concentrate diluted properly to wash the surface and with their clay bar also. I then follow that with their Show Car Polish for Clear Coated cars. I use Pete's 53' Black Pearl White Carnauba as a final step right before a car show. On a side note Zaino makes a "slingless" tire gloss that smells like bubble gum...makes my sweet tooth go nuts when I use it.
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I used Meguiers clay bar a couple of weeks ago. Doesn't look like much contaminants were in the clay bar afterwards. First time clay baring the camaro in the 2 years I have had, but it has less than 3,000 miles on it so maybe thats why I didn't have much contaminants in the clay.
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I used Meguiers clay bar a couple of weeks ago. Doesn't look like much contaminants were in the clay bar afterwards. First time clay baring the camaro in the 2 years I have had, but it has less than 3,000 miles on it so maybe thats why I didn't have much contaminants in the clay.
Especially if its kept inside and not driven much in dusty, dirty, rainy areas that can deposit particles.

I'm a fan of optimums clay. I wasn't too big a fan of Adams clay it just seemed dry, but it could've been a batch difference or some reason caused by me. The nano skin seems good but maybe just too fancy for me, plus it seems difficult to use in tight areas.
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According to "Junkman", all clay comes from the same place and there is no difference.
The same company makes it, but there are different grades, fine medium and aggressive is what you will usually see.
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Thanks for replies, what the new towel method, do you have to clay before zaino, what's the process of zaino
Here the Zaino basic application per the website, including the clay bar recommendations to remove surface contamination:

http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/...de=APPLICATION
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According to "Junkman", all clay comes from the same place and there is no difference.
While clay is all made in one place, I believe that the grades of clay are made by processing by the individual companies. How else can it be explained that one fine grade is different thananother fine grade by another company?

Just like gas from your gas station, since all gas comes from the same place, ans then each gas station modifies it with their own method/chemicals, clay can be made from the same place but post production processing can make it different. All my opinion though from experience claying tons of cars.
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While clay is all made in one place, I believe that the grades of clay are made by processing by the individual companies. How else can it be explained that one fine grade is different thananother fine grade by another company?

Just like gas from your gas station, since all gas comes from the same place, ans then each gas station modifies it with their own method/chemicals, clay can be made from the same place but post production processing can make it different. All my opinion though from experience claying tons of cars.
Aside from coloring, what else can be added to a claybar? Yes there are different grades but I doubt each company is sent one grade of claybar, then they make the different grades from it. I would think that if the different companies had the ability to process different grades of clay, they'd have the ability to make their own to begin with.
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Aside from coloring, what else can be added to a claybar? Yes there are different grades but I doubt each company is sent one grade of claybar, then they make the different grades from it. I would think that if the different companies had the ability to process different grades of clay, they'd have the ability to make their own to begin with.
Different companies do have the ability to make their own clay... it's just a patent issue. No one is allowed to make clay in the US until the patent runs out, which is actually very soon, like within the next year or two if I remember correctly.
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Aside from coloring, what else can be added to a claybar? Yes there are different grades but I doubt each company is sent one grade of claybar, then they make the different grades from it. I would think that if the different companies had the ability to process different grades of clay, they'd have the ability to make their own to begin with.
From what I've read is just the abrasiveness that each clay has. But I have noticed with clay companies on how firm it is and how easy it is to mold into an easy shape to work with.

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Different companies do have the ability to make their own clay... it's just a patent issue. No one is allowed to make clay in the US until the patent runs out, which is actually very soon, like within the next year or two if I remember correctly.
I think it may actually be this year, whether it means better clay or not is anyone's guess.
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I know my car is garage kept, never out in the elements of snow or rain. I clay at the start of the car show season and if something happens during the course of the year like getting sapped like I did last year, I'll do it again. Each time though, I have seen stuff in the clay. Once I've completed the car it's as smooth as glass. Though the two kits I've used appeared to be the same for the most part, there was a slight color difference with one being more yellow over the other and one seemed to be more pliable when kneading it for preparation. Still, they both served the purpose I was looking for.

If you want to know if your car needs to be clayed and I did mine when I first bought it and brought it home, take a cellophane wrapper or a sandwich bag and put your fingers in it and run them lightly over your paint finish. If you feel a rough, bumpy or any material on the tips of your fingers, you need to clay the car.
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Think I'll continue my outdated and irrelevant process.
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Think I'll continue my outdated and irrelevant process.
Go for it. Time is worth different amounts to different people.

There are several much better, much faster, much safer methods of doing the same thing these days. But clay away my friend!
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