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Old 04-14-2003, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default I tried the Mother's Clay Bar Kit...

I cleaned my car inside and out this weekend. I vacuumed and armor-alled and waxed, etc. I tried the clay bar too. I followed the directions. You wash, dry, then spray the detailer as you move it back and forth and it picks stuff up. Good news: it does work, it picks up lots of dirt and particles that washing doesn't remove. Bad news: I thought it would be better than it was. I've read "detailing secret of professionals for years" and stuff. Eh, it doesn't get really stubborn stuff and it doesn't remove scratches (maybe it's not supposed to, but I was hoping it would). I had tree and bird **** on my car this winter and I let it sit for a few weeks before I finally cleaned it when the weather got warm. Well, that stuff left marks that nothing I've tried removes. I tried clay bar, goof off, washing til my arms hurt, waxing. I think it's actually paint imperfections which really pisses me off. God dang Subaru! Your paint sucks my nut! Anyway, everything looks brand new until you get real close. I might try those scratch removing compounds later, but I've heard they're harsh stuff.
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Old 04-14-2003, 02:47 PM   #2
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i love the stuff...only thing i dont like is that when you've been rubbing for a long time the clay bar starts gettin soft and sticks to your hand...but over all it did what i thought it did...hey for scratches try some rubbing compund
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Old 04-14-2003, 03:05 PM   #3
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For scratches, you'll need to use a polish as that is a light abrasive that will usually remove most scratches. I wouldn't use rubbing compound as that may be too harsh. . .you usually would use rubbing compound on a newly painted car to bring out the shine. Most detailers can get scratches out with just polish. As for the bird crap, etc., it contains contaminents that oxidize and eat away at the paint. The longer you leave it on your car and in the sun, the more damage it will do. That is why you should always remove it as soon as possible and use a protectant on the area afterwards. I use Meguiar's Quick Detailer to remove any debris and protect the paint and have not had any problems.

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Old 04-14-2003, 03:20 PM   #4
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If you own a newer car do not use rubbing compound. It will put nasty swirl marks in your clear coat. I recommend Scratch X by Meguiar's. It seems to work pretty well.
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Old 04-14-2003, 09:21 PM   #5
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Yea, you're right. The clay really sticks to your fingers. Also, I bet generic clay for kids or crafts works the same. Or dig up some if you have clay soil. Seriously, looks like a regular chunk of clay. I've already used it so my $17 is spent, but i guess I got some wax and detailer out of it too. I'll try some of that meguiar's scratch x.
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Old 04-14-2003, 11:13 PM   #6
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Tell you what....

Once again im lazy and not gonna post long post....

ill make this easy since I have posted this link a TON before...

http://www.autopia.org

thank you... goodnight
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Old 04-15-2003, 05:15 AM   #7
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Good site. I looked it over and read some of the tutuorials. Now I know what I did wrong and what I can do to make my car shine. Thanks for the website.

Dave

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Once again im lazy and not gonna post long post....

ill make this easy since I have posted this link a TON before...

http://www.autopia.org

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Old 04-15-2003, 09:28 AM   #8
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to prevent the clay from sticking to your hand just spray a bit of the detailer onto the side you're holding...
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