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 Post subject: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:11 pm 
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Looking to buy a clay bar to use on a new car with soft paint.

The main concern I have is the potential damage I am likely to cause as it'll be my second attempt. The first attempt was on an older car with paintwork in very poor condition. (I didn't use enough lubricant when using the clay bars so just made things worse.) This left me weary of myself. Especially as I'm heavy handed.

I drive 30-40k miles a year, mostly on motorways, so really do need to use clay bars during the cleaning process.

What clay bars would you recommend? Are there any specific techniques which I should read up on?

Thanks in advance.

ETA: the car is only 6 months old.


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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:33 pm 
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Had a quick look on the CYC Shop and found alternatives, the clay mitt blue fine grade and the Carpro polyshave clay cloth.

A friend (not an expert like you folk) suggested nanoskin auto scrub.

Does anyone here have experience of any of these products?


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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:54 am 
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I've not used the Carpro polyshave clay cloth but I have use the CYC one, which does a good job.. Clay cloths are very good and much quicker than a bar :wink:

Use loads of lube with a cloth or bar. A solution of car wash is fine for the job.

If you wish to go down the clay bar route than Bilt Hamber soft clay would be perfect for soft paint. Guide here viewtopic.php?f=17&t=9751

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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:13 am 
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Having a Toyota which has soft paint I've used Bilt soft clay bar, always with plenty of water. I found the bar to be great for heavy type of contaminants which I've read cloths might struggle with?


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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:45 pm 
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The nanoskin clay pad isn't available in fine grade at a reasonable cost (amazon wanted £140 ish!!!)

I've found this http://www.theclayclothcompany.co.uk/page_3267114.html

Any thoughts?

At this price, I'm tempted to give it a try...


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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:28 pm 
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Just for clarification, the pad you mention above, is used with a machine polisher, you do have a polisher :?:

Also, be aware of the constraints you will have accessing / reaching certain aspects of the paintwork :!:

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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:20 am 
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Very good point made by mulder with regards accessing / reaching certain aspects of the paintwork. A clay bar or cloth doesn't have those issues :!: .

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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:54 pm 
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I can throughly recommend Bilt Hamber clays. Available in hard, medium or soft and I find medium perfect for VAG paints. The soft variant should be good for your needs.

You can use plain water as a lube so it's cost effective in that sense too.


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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:07 am 
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mulder wrote:
Just for clarification, the pad you mention above, is used with a machine polisher, you do have a polisher :?:

Also, be aware of the constraints you will have accessing / reaching certain aspects of the paintwork :!:


Yes I have the das6 pro (bought 4-5 years ago but only used once or twice)


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 Post subject: Re: Which clay bar?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:27 pm 
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Do take your point about accessing certain parts of the panels.


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