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      10-31-2007, 04:33 AM   #1
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Clay bar

Just reading about this on other threads:

1. What would be a good clay bar to buy and where from?
2. What clay lubricant would i use?
3. Would i need anything else other than these to products to use "clay" on my car?

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      10-31-2007, 06:09 AM   #2
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EC I wouldn't use clay unless it's absolutely necessary ie you have lots of crap bonded to the paintwork, and you can do more damage than good unless you're very careful.

When I had my 1 series I asked this on babybmw.net (they have a resident professional detailer), and he said to do it with great caution. You could say "yes but he would so you may go to him for a full detail" but his advice is pretty good and impartial. Others on here have used clay and it's done them well but I think when my car needs it I'll pay the 250 or so to get it professionally detailed.

See this thread for details http://www.babybmw.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7397

Sure there must be stuff on this site too in the other areas.
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      10-31-2007, 07:46 AM   #3
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Mequires detailer spray and clar bar is good. The pack is £20 or so, but if you take your time with it you can achieve some exceptional results. I only use each clay bar once though, so I only do it every year or so.
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Mequires detailer spray and clar bar is good. The pack is 20 or so, but if you take your time with it you can achieve some exceptional results. I only use each clay bar once though, so I only do it every year or so.
That's the same system that I use.

Works very well indeed.

I 2nd the comment about using the bar just the once - as soon as it's visibly dirty it's given its best, and re-use of a bar runs the risk of dragging the contaminants that you've previously removed across your paintwork.
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      10-31-2007, 11:20 AM   #5
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My 2 Cents

Get a gallon of Megs Last Touch from Clean and Shiny. Superb Clay Lube and Great for drying the car after a wash to a streak free finish. (and topping up your last waxing)

Also worth investing in a 16fl Oz Spray Bottle + Spray Head from same place.
It makes it easier to dilute the LT.

If it's your first time - I'd go for a clay bar like Sonus Green - it's less aggressive than megs and your less like to come a cropper - and use plenty of lube (I'll have done probably a bottle of the above on a clay session depending on temperature of the body)

Lastly - NEVER EVER re-use a clay bar. I divide mine in to 6 or so pieces (1 piece for each section)

As soon as you see contaminent on the clay that could scratch the paint - throw the piece of clay away and grab a new bit.

The weight and pressure of your fingers on the clay should be enough - DO NOT SCRUB.

Once a year is generally plenty if you keep the car looked after.

Unless you live next to a railway line - when the rail-dust could really get stuck in.
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My 2 cents. Get Meg's smooth surface clay kit - 2 bits of clay, and a spray gun of Meg's quick detailer to use as lube. About 20 quid from halfords. It is pretty gentle. Here's some videos. If you have heard of Jay Leno he's in the first one:

http://www.meguiars.com/video/index_...h%20Clay%20Kit



The test is whether your paint feels glass like after washing or if it feels a bit rough.
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Claying can be a bit intimidating when you first do it. Follow the guys advice above and be very gentle with the pressure you use and plenty of lube to avoid scratching the paintwork.

I would regularly change clay like they suggest but good condition old bits work wonders on clearing hard to move brake dust form your alloy wheels.
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I have only used clay once and I thought it was ace!!

Got the Megs' kits with the spray on lubricant - we live near a railway line and the missus E46 compact was covered in rought swarf type filings - the clay bar used carefully brought the paint back to glass smooth!

Just keep spraying and slide the clay around picking up all the crap, applying very moderate pressure. I used a clay bar on the whole car . Started with the bonnet, then the roof (worst panels) finished by the boot lid, and then the 2 sides.

Then used the Megs' 3 stage wax system - 1st bottle strips and cleans the paint, 2nd one wax glazes and then the 3rd bottle is Carnuba Wax.

The finished result was fantastic - total outlay of approx 50 quid for the stuff and some micro fibre cloths - all purchased off the 'net.

I highly recommend it!!
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I have only used clay once and I thought it was ace!!

Got the Megs' kits with the spray on lubricant - we live near a railway line and the missus E46 compact was covered in rought swarf type filings - the clay bar used carefully brought the paint back to glass smooth!

Just keep spraying and slide the clay around picking up all the crap, applying very moderate pressure. I used a clay bar on the whole car . Started with the bonnet, then the roof (worst panels) finished by the boot lid, and then the 2 sides.

Then used the Megs' 3 stage wax system - 1st bottle strips and cleans the paint, 2nd one wax glazes and then the 3rd bottle is Carnuba Wax.

The finished result was fantastic - total outlay of approx 50 quid for the stuff and some micro fibre cloths - all purchased off the 'net.

I highly recommend it!!
Good to know - thanks Red. Just cleaned and mucked out the wife's A6 today and the bottom parts of the flanks are as rough as sandpaper so I'm going to give some clay a go I think. Then I'll get her to use roads to drive to work on instead of fields
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