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Old 04-30-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default clay bar kit, which one?

hey guys, the weather in Minnesota is finally starting to warm up. I've got an 07 2.5i. since ive had the car brand new I have always taken really food care of it. I plan on getting a clay bar kit and detailing the car within the next few weeks.

What do u guys recommend for a kit? I went to the auto parts store and i saw a few different brands. is there a kit that is better than others?

does anyone have specific directions on how to clay bar a car???

The reason why i want to do this is b/c ive got some swirl marks i would like to get rid of.

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Old 04-30-2009, 12:24 PM   #2
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K, couple things...
Clay bar won't get rid of swirls. In fact done wrong it will give you more.
Each kit has instructions, otherwise do a search.
Claymagic is a good choice.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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Yeah, definitely will not get rid of swirls. Can cause pretty bad damage if you don't use it right as well.

That being said, it seems like most OTC ones are decent. Mothers or Meguiars makes a decent one I believe. I used the Meguiars one 2 years ago and it worked good.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:42 PM   #4
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I picked up a Meguiars two weeks back and loved it. It was a lot easier to use then what they had a few years back. It was a little more forgiving if you hit a section that was not wet enough. I had a great feel for the paint since the bar is not so thick.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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+1 for the Meguiar's. You can pick them up almost anywhere.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:44 PM   #6
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+1 for the Meguiar's. You can pick them up almost anywhere.
Found walmart was the cheapest at $15. Most other places where $20.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:13 PM   #7
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Zaino <--- best wax waxing products on the planet
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:47 PM   #8
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I've used mothers for a few years. I claybar the entire car, then wax it. Then the car looks and feels Adderall makes the whole process a lot easier. Lots and lots of adderall.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:55 PM   #9
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+1 for meguiars!
It took literally 3 pounds of over spray off my dads poor 69 vette.
Works like magic.
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:03 PM   #10
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so what exactly does clay bar do??? sorry im a newbie.

I read the boxes and they claim they remove minor scratches
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:07 PM   #11
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I've used mothers for a few years. I claybar the entire car, then wax it. Then the car looks and feels Adderall makes the whole process a lot easier. Lots and lots of adderall.

Hahaha, that might not be a bad idea because I hate when it's that time of year to claybar. The rest of the day is gone if I want to spend the rest of my time taking out every piece of raildust off my white car!

But with your method I might actually enjoy it
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:26 PM   #12
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That's what I need to add to my detail kit. Hell, could advertise it.

"I am a perfectionist detailer who will use ritalin/adderall during your detail, guaranteeing expedient service and the best detail possible."
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:29 PM   #13
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so what exactly does clay bar do??? sorry im a newbie.

I read the boxes and they claim they remove minor scratches
they help remove impurities from the paint. run your fingers lightly over the hood of your car. chances are you will feel little granulated rough spots that are kind of embedded in the paint. claybarring can help remove these. im sure there are other benefits, but that is the main one from my research gathered on the topic.
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:26 PM   #14
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so what exactly does clay bar do??? sorry im a newbie.

I read the boxes and they claim they remove minor scratches
....read the article in the following link. It will answer most (if not all) of your questions regarding clay (including how to properly use it):

http://www.autopia.org/publish/artic...int/Page1.html

Here is another link that contains similar articles on a variety of detailing subjects. Just choose a topic and browse through the sub-topics contained within:

http://www.autopia.org/publish/categ...-and-Car-Care/
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:22 PM   #15
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Since the STi gets to be in the garage full time now I picked up a kit yesterday. I've used Mothers and Meguiars both before, and I was about to get the Meguiars again (I like the 2 wrapded bars (I still cut them in half). However Turtle wax had a new kit out (ice) that had both a liquid clay and clay bar. While the liquid clay isn't the cleanest thing to do (clean section, rinse with water, dry.. next section), it works impressively well clearing dirt and stains even dawn didn't remove. It also prepped the service better for the clay, so the embedded grit has been coming out very easy. This is by far the easiest clay i've done, so i'm pretty happy.

I should note that I feel the quality of the clay itself was better in the Meguiars kit, maybe pick up the ice liquid clay separately.

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Old 05-04-2009, 01:11 AM   #16
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I use Chemical guys clay bar and their detailing lubricant
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:11 AM   #17
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I like the clay magic kit. I don't like the mothers or meguiars clay...it breaks up too easily imo
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:55 AM   #18
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I got the meguiars kit last week and its been a revelation literally. I'm of the old school thinking you clean dirty paint with a polisher. The claybar took everything off easily leaving a glasslike surface. It obviously wont remove scratches but does an exceptional job of cleaning off the clearcoat.
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