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Old 07-03-2009, 12:35 AM   #1
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Hey everybody, I have a few questions about these clay bar kits... First, which one is the best? I've seen Meguiars, Mothers, Turtle, etc all have them. Also, how do you go about using them? I want to try one on my car but I'm afraid that I'll do something wrong. Finally, how long do the results last for, and what should I be looking for/ feeling on my paint after I use it. Thanks guys!
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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go get the new ICE version. and stop wussin out. just get the entire kit

Wash your car with the stuff
then dry it, then use that liquid clay stuff
then clay bar it with that lubricant.

and yes i like the ICE stuff best.
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:21 AM   #3
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:24 AM   #4
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ICE=FAIL

I have found clay magics clay to be quite good. Blue if the surface is relatively clean and red if you need heavy duty.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:44 AM   #5
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I have found clay magics clay to be quite good. Blue if the surface is relatively clean and red if you need heavy duty.
this.

there are different grades of clay, similar to different grades of sandpaper, although manufcaturers typically don't advertise their grit content.

if you must get something OTC, you'll be fine with Mother's and Meguire's. Meguire's is less abrasive and if you have alot of contaimination, it will take much longer to clean your paint. Mother's works much better than Meguire's (more grit), but you typically get two bars of Mequires for one bar of Mother's (if that concerns you).

that turtle wax ice stuff is complete garbage. if you're going to invest time in detailing your car, don't shortcut anything you do with all-in-one products.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:50 AM   #6
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its not all in one.... lol
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:10 AM   #7
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:33 PM   #8
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I have found clay magics clay to be quite good. Blue if the surface is relatively clean and red if you need heavy duty.
+1 for that
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:38 PM   #9
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you know, ive never used anything else. but the ICE stuff. and id like to have a clean off with someone nearby. you bring your claybar i bring mine.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:45 PM   #10
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you know, ive never used anything else. but the ICE stuff. and id like to have a clean off with someone nearby. you bring your claybar i bring mine.
what will that prove? if you haven't used anything else, you're living a sheltered world. take your car out, let it get grimey, and then do a half/half. tape a line down the center of your car and then put ICE against some other three step process somebody else recommends. that will be your most likely real-world test.

"pitting" against someone else would be a waste of time. each car would have a difference in filth and each person would have differences in methods.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:47 PM   #11
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...or, if you don't want to go through all of that trouble, do two sections. one, do in ICE first and then someone else's claybar (like mother's) and then do the other side with the other claybar and go back over it with the ICE kit.

i'd be willing to bet the "other" claybar still removes dirt ICE missed and ICE doesn't pick up anything after going over the "other".
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:12 PM   #12
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to be honest, i just never usually spent money on cleaning my car. i enjoy my dirt tracks way too much. but id definately think about it. have you used Ice?
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:19 PM   #13
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i know that the liquid "claybar" product that turtle wax promotes in their ICE lineup is merely a surface prep agent with a mild abrasive. it's no different than a cleaner wax.

and to be honest, i have not used it myself, mainly because i have read enough about it to know not to spend my money.

the ICE lineup is fine all-in-one system (meaning, they sell the products you need, in one lineup) for casual users, but it is, by no means, a replacement for a properly clayed car.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:36 PM   #14
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I dont know about the ICE all in one stuff, but there car wash soap is pretty good.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:44 PM   #15
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I honestly have heard great things about ICE, and purchased it for that reason. idk where you heard bad stuff.
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:29 PM   #16
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I use the meguiars kit, comes with two clay bars, microfiber towel, cleaner wax, and quik detailer, i get really nice results. Definitely recommend it with NXT Tech wax 2.0!!!!!!

All you do is after you wash the car, take the clay out and knead with hands into a circle shape, spray a very nice amount of quik detailer (or other lubricant) onto a dry clean surface and wipe accross panel with very light pressure, just enough to hold it in your hands. Don't press down!!! Also wipe side to side, NOT IN CIRCLES.

Hope that's helpful!
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Old 07-03-2009, 06:58 PM   #17
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I used the ICE liquid clay once and I have got to say it is a complete joke. I even tested it against a Meg's clay bar and it was like the ICE hadn't removed any contaminates.
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I use the meguiars kit, comes with two clay bars, microfiber towel, cleaner wax, and quik detailer, i get really nice results.
All you do is after you wash the car, take the clay out and knead with hands into a circle shape, spray a very nice amount of quik detailer (or other lubricant) onto a dry clean surface and wipe accross panel with very light pressure, just enough to hold it in your hands. Don't press down!!! Also wipe side to side, NOT IN CIRCLES.

Hope that's helpful!
+1^. I swiped mine all in one direction. Came out as smooth as a babies bottom, almost soft feeling in a strange way. Def. worth the effort.
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I've never use clay until yesterday. I bought the ICE kit and I thought it worked great. I've had a lot of experience with waxing, and the coat of wax that I put on after the clay went on more smooth than any other time I waxed.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:28 AM   #20
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Wow, thanks for all the responses guys! I will def check out something soon and let you know how it works.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:52 AM   #21
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i like ice. and im pretty sure im gonna like the new stuff im gonna buy when this runs out. lol.
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:09 AM   #22
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For OTC i really like Meguiars good bang for the buck I think.
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:00 AM   #23
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Id try the ice, my friend used it on his jeep cherokee, and wow what a huge difference in feel and look.
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I didnt even finish using the ice liquid claybar I bought. Threw it right in the trash. In no way does it replace a claybar.

I have used both meguires and mothers clay bars on multiple occasions. I cant say that one does a better job than the other. I usually pickup the cheaper of the two. This time the mothers was cheaper and provided more clay. They keep trying to out do the other so it seems to change every year.
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For those who think the ICE liquid clay bar stuff is simply amazing and so wonderfull, wait til you acually try out a REAL claybar, you will ***** bricks on how much better it is.

That is all
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