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      05-12-2014, 08:21 AM   #1
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Nanoskin or Clay bar

I've read reviews but who's actually using the nanoskin over the old clay bars? I have no experience with clay bars but looking to get something. Is the cost of the nanoskin mitt worth it? I've read it's a lot quicker to do.

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      05-12-2014, 09:24 AM   #2
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I'm looking to replace claybars to nano skin, if I'm not paying attention I sometimes leave clay marks on the paint and have a hard time removing it after.
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      05-12-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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I'll pay more for a similar solution that's takes less time and achieves the same result. I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on the Mitt.
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I have the nano skin. I like it. for the really rough spots, I use the clay by hand for a better feel
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RIP Clay Bars?

Recent article I wrote on this topic.

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I have two nanokins. A handheld one and a 6" pad for my griots DA. Love them both! Way better than claying in my opinion. Some say clay is still better for worst case scenario situations but I haven't encountered any cars that are that bad so I can't comment on that. The medium and fine pads have done well for me and provide great results!
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Recently had to clay a small section I had oversprayed with self etching primer, Im not sure anything else would have done the trick (without going more aggressive like acetone)
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I've only used mine once and it was when it was cold out. I think it still needs to be broken in a good bit and used in warm weather. Seems like it worked decent.
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I agree with the DI article 100% . The mitt works great for the most part (but for Gods sake PLEASE use a ton of lube, more so than with a bar) but it some spots its awkward to use and that's where the bar comes in handy.

My sequence is Iron X(from DI of course), Nanoskin glove and the clay bar for those tight places.
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      05-20-2014, 09:09 PM   #10
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Nanoskin is great but you still need clay bar for certain areas. Also I wouldn't use nanoskin unless I was intending to polish (which I usually am if I clay) bc it can leave some slight marring behind but it comes offf with the orbital polisher
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      05-20-2014, 09:10 PM   #11
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RIP Clay Bars?

Recent article I wrote on this topic.

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My Porter cable and pads have been sitting in a box in the garage for the past 5 years.

Thanks for linking this.

I always hated clay barring.

This might get me back on the wagon and detailing again.
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Is the nanoskin products worth the price? Quite a bit more than clay.
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Yes...worth the price. Lasts a lot longer than clay, easy to use and doesn't get ruined if it should hit the ground (which inevitably ALWAYS happens when I use clay).

I have the fine mitt and the medium sponge.
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Nanoskin is great but you still need clay bar for certain areas. Also I wouldn't use nanoskin unless I was intending to polish (which I usually am if I clay) bc it can leave some slight marring behind but it comes offf with the orbital polisher
It won't leave marring if enough lube is used. I've marred a small area before but realized I didn't use enough lubricant.

With sufficient lube, the nano skin does not marr the paint.
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All right. You all sold me. Think I could get away with just the fine sponge for the entire car? 2011 e90 probably never clayed, and it's a daily driver here in NE Ohio. Nanoskin also makes a fine and medium sponge kit. Thanks guys

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I just ordered the fine sponge, Ill report back once I try it out
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Just used nanoscrub with nano shock spray yesterday and it did wonders. My paint looks and feels like glass. No more claying!
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Here is a pic... Its kinda dark in the garage but you can still see how it looks.
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bump. excited to see more results. Anyone with experience using this on jet black? I'm super nervous about touching my paint because i keep reading how soft the paint is
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I'll hopefully be using mine for the first time this weekend.
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Works great on black sapphire and on my buddy's yellow Stingray.

It's fine for any paint...just make sure you use enough lubrication.
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bump. excited to see more results. Anyone with experience using this on jet black? I'm super nervous about touching my paint because i keep reading how soft the paint is
While it is fairly safe, it's not 100% so I would try a small section first. Also, when doing decontamination like this, you can always plan on doing some light polishing after in case of light marring is left over. I've seen the autoscrub pads/towels leave a TON of marring on a jet black Porsche as well as a dark blue Tesla, used with lots of lube. So just be careful and use it on a small area first to test.

For what it's worth, it won't leave any more marring than a clay bar would for the same amount of decon, but it will be much quicker/easier.

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