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Old 05-22-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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Meguires or Mothers clay bar?

Which Clay bar kit do you guys think is better Meguires or Mothers? I want to get one of thease but I want the better one.
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I used Mothers last night and I loved the outcome. Eleanore looks better than the day I bought her, did I mention next month is her birthday.
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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I have used both and think that mothers is better. But I would recommend zaino.
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I've used Meguiars, Mothers, Erazer... but, I found that Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay together with the Pinnacle Clay Bar Lubricant (versus Meguiars Final Inspection) seems to work best for me.
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Do I have to wax right after i clay. I'd rather wait a day or two. Don't wanna do too much in one day. Im thinking I could wash, dry clay... garage and then next day wax.

Prob not gonna polish as I have no swirls.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:47 PM   #7
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You want to get some kind of protection onto the paint as soon as you can after you clay bar - especially if it is not garaged. If you think it is going to be too much to do in one day, I would recommend breaking it up so you are claying and waxing parts of the car on the same day (do hood, roof and trunk day 1; front, back and sides day 2 for example).
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All clay in the USA is manufactured by Auto Magic. So it doesnt matter who you buy the clay through, there's a 100% percent chance its manufactured by Auto Magic. There are different grades of clay though, fine, medium, aggressive. I always recommend fine grade unless you plan on polishing, because medium and aggressive can induce micro-marring.
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You want to get some kind of protection onto the paint as soon as you can after you clay bar - especially if it is not garaged. If you think it is going to be too much to do in one day, I would recommend breaking it up so you are claying and waxing parts of the car on the same day (do hood, roof and trunk day 1; front, back and sides day 2 for example).
I don't have to wash after I clay do I? The detailing spray should leeve the car super clean right?
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:14 PM   #10
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I don't have to wash after I clay do I? The detailing spray should leeve the car super clean right?
As long as you wipe the DS dry after using the clay bar. Your correct. If you let the DS dry on the car, you'll probably want to re-wash
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:55 PM   #11
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Do I have to wax right after i clay. I'd rather wait a day or two. Don't wanna do too much in one day. Im thinking I could wash, dry clay... garage and then next day wax.

Prob not gonna polish as I have no swirls.
You will have dust on the car the next day that will have to be removed before the wax...as said above small sections at a time is better if you cannot do the entire cycle before dust etc...settles...
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:57 AM   #12
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Interesting point by 2TLRS, I have used the Mothers Kit in the past and can say it does work great. I don't remember the kit giving a rating to the clay (fine, meidum, etc) is there something that says what is in each kit?
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optimum polymer technologies sells medium and fine claybar, aS WELL as
many fine products.
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I used Mother's and I liked it. I have nothing to compare it with but I liked the results. Once done I used my usual Zaino polish to seal the deal. I know Zaino has its own clay bar but I didn't want to wait to get it to use it. I managed to clay and wax my car all within a couple of hours. Will probably do it again this fall as well but the test is to take a plastic baggy and put your fingers in it and run it over the paint and this will allow you to feel any debree in the paint or finish.
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Interesting point by 2TLRS, I have used the Mothers Kit in the past and can say it does work great. I don't remember the kit giving a rating to the clay (fine, meidum, etc) is there something that says what is in each kit?
Professional product lines (Adam's, Meguiars Professional, Chemical Guys, ect.) usually state the grade of clay bar your buying. If your buying them OTC chances are your getting a fine grade clay bar, because fine will not do any damage to your finish.

Contrary to some people's belief, paying more for a clay bar is just putting more money in whomever is selling it's pocket. As I said before all clay is manufactured by the same company.

Don't fall for the different color scam either. Auto Magic will make the clay any color for their customers. I prefer white/gray because I can see the contamination easier.
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Thanks Guys, I would get the Mothers but cant find it, I have found Megs for 17 at Target so I'll get that this Firday, They also had a new Meguires liquid Gold way with polymers in it, I've never seen it before so I'll pick it up as well do put on the car after I clay it, after that I will be puting Mothers Reflections Top Coat on, let ya know how it turns out.
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Just stay away from turtle wax's "liquid clay bar" - that stuff is bottled poop; sold for $15+
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:59 PM   #19
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i bought meguires yesterday and i still havent used but now i am kinda regretting it because everyone is saying that mothers is better. but i think it will still turn out good if all clay is made by the same company.
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i bought meguires yesterday and i still havent used but now i am kinda regretting it because everyone is saying that mothers is better. but i think it will still turn out good if all clay is made by the same company.
I have to agree, I think it will be no different thats why I'm going to get the Meg's plus The only way for me to get the mothers is amazon and I dont want to wait another two weeks
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There will be no difference. The only thing you need to look for when buying clay is price and ounces. Know how much clay you are getting. The bigger the clay bar, the better the opportunity to split it up just in case you drop it.

The more aggressive clays ARE NOT for consumer use. If you were to use it, you would be horrified at what your finish looked like once you wiped the detail spray off.
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Junkman,

I plan to put a clear bra on my new Camaro, should I clay bar before having the clear bra on the front of the car.
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I used silly putty instead and when I peeled it off the car there was an entire Peanuts comic on it. Weird!
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I plan to put a clear bra on my new Camaro, should I clay bar before having the clear bra on the front of the car.
You can, but your installer is supposed to get the paint ready for the clear bra. Ask him what he's going to do to prepare it BEFORE he installs it.
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