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#93630 - 09/21/07 11:49 AM Using a Clay Bar
PHLYNLO Offline
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Registered: 02/05/07
Posts: 259
Loc: Mandan, ND
How dirty should a person allow a clay bar to get
before starting to use a fresh one? Also, is there a way to soften a clay bar to make it more
pliable?

Thanking you in advance and Happy Vettin'
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#93631 - 09/21/07 04:56 PM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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I would get rid of a piece of clay when you can't fold it to a clean side.

As for softening it, I just pull and fold it a bunch of times before using it. Just like how they make taffy.
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#93632 - 09/22/07 12:59 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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Is it neccessary to use a clay bar when the car is garaged?

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#93633 - 09/22/07 09:20 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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I have read that if you spray detailing solution on your car and place you hand inside of a plastic sandwich bag and if you feel roughness on the paint then you should clay bar the car before ZAINOING it or even using some inferior car wax. (Just kidding about the 'inferior' part.
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#93634 - 09/22/07 12:35 PM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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Why do you need the plastic sandwich bag? or the spray detailing solution?

I usually just run my hand over the car and if you feel little bumps then its time to claybar it..

JMO and thanks.. for the possible insight on why a plastic bag would be a better way to tell.

JB
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#93635 - 09/24/07 08:07 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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Originally posted by J.B.:
Why do you need the plastic sandwich bag? or the spray detailing solution?

I usually just run my hand over the car and if you feel little bumps then its time to claybar it..

JMO and thanks.. for the possible insight on why a plastic bag would be a better way to tell.

JB
How to Clay
To work with clay you will need a lubricant. Fortunately what you use is not critical and many products will work fine. Many clay kits ship with a "Quick Detailer" spray which works. Our recipe consists of a tablespoon of car wash detergent in about 20 oz. of distilled water and dispensed using a spray bottle. Others have reported that Windex and other glass cleaners work well.
Some Experimenting
The "baggie test" is the way to go and is recommended as an easy way to demonstrate the power of claying. Put your hand in a ordinary sandwich baggie (the thin kind, not the thick rugged ones) and spray a test area of the paint with the above described clay lubricant. Then go over the paint surface as shown with just enough pressure to get a feel for the surface. You'll detect all sorts of bumps and defects, many more than are apparent with even a close visual inspection.
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#93636 - 09/24/07 10:16 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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Thanks Carl! Great info as always.

JB
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#93637 - 09/25/07 08:04 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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Originally posted by J.B.:
Thanks Carl! Great info as always.

JB
I learned it from you, because you are the king of info. smile
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#93638 - 10/03/07 02:03 PM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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I have some overspray from highway paint on my hood (on the car when I bought it). It is not a lot, but if you look closely, you can see it.
I was told to use Clay Magic to remove the overspray, but then I was also told I would do less "damage" by lightly rubbing off my my fingernail. Thoughts?
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#93639 - 10/04/07 10:20 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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How long has the overspray been on the car? I would go with clay bar before the fingernail.
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#93640 - 10/04/07 09:58 PM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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I think the overspray has been on there less then a year, or that is what I was told by the previous owner.
I will try the clay stuff first and see how that works. The car is black and the paint is white... Lovely. smile
Not a lot of overspray, but enough for you to think that I need to wash it. smile
Thanks for the tip!
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#93641 - 10/05/07 06:57 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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Clay the overspray off, if you use your "finger" it will leave little scratches, use plenty of lube. wink
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#93642 - 11/01/07 10:45 PM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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Registered: 10/31/07
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Loc: new orleans,la.
i use a bucket of warm water to make the clay bar more pliable, we use the carwash & water in a spray bottle, at the firehouse were i work we go thur a bar a week.

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#93643 - 11/02/07 12:02 AM Re: Using a Clay Bar
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OK, bob b.Now the secret is out on how those trucks alway have that great shine. Also keep up the great community service all you firefighters do for all of us. Thanks to all.
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