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Old 05-11-2003, 01:37 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Mother's Clay Bar system

Just finished using the clay bar with the detailing spray. I was impressed. Got the paint looking real smooth. Took off all the little things that I could not take off by just washing the car and did not damage the paint (amazing since subaru paint likes to shed itself by just blowing on it). The kit came with a Zippo lighter size clay bar. Anyone know where you can purchase a larger clay bar seperately? Thought the price for the kit was a bit steep to include such a dinky clay bar.
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Old 05-11-2003, 03:09 AM   #2
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I recently used the Clay Magic clay bar system. The clay bar is the size of a pack of cigarettes. It cost half as much as the mothers so i bought this one. It worked great.
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Old 05-11-2003, 10:45 AM   #3
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You can often find large-size clay bars marketed by themselves (no kit) at automotive paint supply stores. Make sure you get the "fine" grade of clay, as stores such as these may also carry abrasive clays (such as the ClayMagic red bar) that are meant for removing serious overspray, and will induce fine scratching that must be polished out.

ClayMagic's blue bar is good stuff if you can find it; expect to pay around $25 for 200 grams. That's quite a bit of clay, but it doesn't go bad as long as you store it correctly. Should be enough to do your car, and most of your neighbors' cars, too

Tort

P.S. I've not had good luck with Meguiar's clays. They tend to smear and leave a residue on the surface . . . although Meg's has a lot of good products, I don't feel their clay is one of them.
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Old 05-11-2003, 12:06 PM   #4
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Yeah the one that i used was blue.
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Old 05-11-2003, 12:10 PM   #5
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P.S. I've not had good luck with Meguiar's clays. They tend to smear and leave a residue on the surface . . . although Meg's has a lot of good products, I don't feel their clay is one of them.
Same experience, my Meguiar's clay sux, it seems as if it has dried out, but the Clay Magic bar is as soft and pliable as the day I got it (a few years ago).
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Old 05-11-2003, 12:26 PM   #6
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Thanks for the good info guys. Nice to know there are other people out there trying to get that perfect shine.
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Old 05-11-2003, 12:57 PM   #7
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clays (such as the ClayMagic red bar) that are meant for removing serious overspray, and will induce fine scratching that must be polished out.
My car just got some body work done, and it looks like theres alof of overspray when they painted the fenders, will this red stuff get all those little bumps out?? what will i need to do afterwards?thanks
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:33 AM   #8
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My car just got some body work done, and it looks like theres alof of overspray when they painted the fenders, will this red stuff get all those little bumps out?? what will i need to do afterwards?thanks
First thing to do is to see if the body shop that caused the problem will do the stand-up thing and fix their own mistake. There's no reason a properly masked car should get overspray like that.

If you do intend to try to fix it yourself, try the finer grade of clay first (the stuff you can get OTC at parts stores). If that doesn't work, then yeah, you can try something like the Clay Magic red bar. Be aware, though: you will need to polish with a mildly abrasive polish (I like 3M Perfect-It III Machine Glaze myself, but that's just personal preference) afterward to get rid of the fine scratches the red clay may cause . . .

If you're not comfortable dealing with fine scratches on your car, I'd suggest leave the more agressive clay to a pro detailer.

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