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      08-20-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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Clay Vs......

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As i work through cars - I am finding the most time intensive process on any car (barring a compound up refinish) is claying.....

I am anal retentive when it comes to getting the paint perfect.... so 2 hours on a clay job is not unheard of.....

The question is - I have seen a product on one of those shows on sunday morning - touting a liquid Clay...... Meaning you apply it with a DA or Rotary and it obtains the same results as the Clay ......

Is this snake oil???? Any one have experience with it?

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      08-20-2009, 03:03 PM   #2
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I imagine it doesn't work. How can a liquid be tacky enough to trap and lift dirt out of the clearcoat?

Even if it did work, I imagine it won't do it to your satisfaction anyway.
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Snake Oil, a friend of mine used it on his Wrangler and I clayed right after. It was like it was never done, dont waste your money
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All right.

As i work through cars - I am finding the most time intensive process on any car (barring a compound up refinish) is claying.....

I am anal retentive when it comes to getting the paint perfect.... so 2 hours on a clay job is not unheard of.....

The question is - I have seen a product on one of those shows on sunday morning - touting a liquid Clay...... Meaning you apply it with a DA or Rotary and it obtains the same results as the Clay ......

Is this snake oil???? Any one have experience with it?

~b
Yes it's snake oil. However, if it is taking you that long to clay, you may be using too mild of a clay. Try a more aggressive clay bar, if polishing afterward any marring from it will be removed anyway and it will remove the contaminants much faster.
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Two hours the first time out sounds right. After than shouldn't be but a touch up operation.
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I use a
blue clay for light stuff
purple - SUPER tacky for overspray and heavey contamination.

I have tried both for the initial clean ups and its always 2-2.5 hours depending on the size of the vehicle. Miata's not included ;-) Using the Purple you blow thru qd/lube but it does the job.

Snake oil was my feeling just thought I'd throw it up there

rc'Z - when they come back the touch up is nothing! - well worth the two hours of sweat equity on the first shot - to get the ease of the return visit.

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