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    Default Clay Bar - thought it was a gimic, not anymore!

    So I decided to spend a few bucks on Toothless, got a claybar. I've seen the "amazing" results online and figure it can't hurt but didn't expect a miracle.

    I think I got my money's worth. Took about an hour. First I power washed the entire car, got my car wash soap and scrubbed it down nicely. Washed all the soap off and used four microfiber towels to wipe him down dry.

    Then used the clay bar kit and started in small 2*2 sections. At first I thought I was scratching the surface, kept feeling bumpy, but after a few wipes in a diagonal motion it started to smooth out. I kept going and then looked at the clay bar - dirt started to get picked up, after an hour...WOW. the rocker panels were cleaned up the most, they were really dirty and no matter how I much I cleaned it they always looked bad, they are now clean as new!

    Will be doing this process at least once a year. Especially after winter. There is no wax on the car at all, look at that shine! Will be waxing tomorrow.

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    Might have to do this before winter to my Stang to get it ready for next season
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoKING24 View Post
    Might have to do this before winter to my Stang to get it ready for next season
    Well worth it, kit was 25$. You get a large microfiber cloth, two clay bars, and the solution.

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    Is that an actual clay bar, or a foam-ish substitute? Almost appears to be a sponge.

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    I bought a clay bar "mitt" from Chemical Guys.

    I washed my wife's car first with a normal wash mitt and soap.
    I then mixed up a new bucket of soapy water and re washed it with the clay mitt.
    Man, so much easier then the clay bar and spray lube way.


    Nice job though!
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    It looks like the Meguiars kit.

    You can actually brake the clay bars in half so you can get 4 uses out of a box. The first time you clay bar a car, it's a lot of work. If you regularly wash the car though, the next times it will need to be clayed will be much easier! Wax or sealants will also last a lot longer and adhere better to perfectly clean paint. Well worth the effort!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Milhouse View Post
    I bought a clay bar "mitt" from Chemical Guys.

    I washed my wife's car first with a normal wash mitt and soap.
    I then mixed up a new bucket of soapy water and re washed it with the clay mitt.
    Man, so much easier then the clay bar and spray lube way.


    Nice job though!
    Really...I need to look into that. Ive not clay bar my dailys in many years because of time and effort needed, I may try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strtcar View Post
    Really...I need to look into that. Ive not clay bar my dailys in many years because of time and effort needed, I may try this.
    Order a bottle of CarPro IronX also. It significantly cuts down on the time and effort needed for clay barring. IronX will remove any of the iron particles embedded into the paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGLT View Post
    Order a bottle of CarPro IronX also. It significantly cuts down on the time and effort needed for clay barring. IronX will remove any of the iron particles embedded into the paint.
    I will try that too, use it before clay bar I assume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strtcar View Post
    I will try that too, use it before clay bar I assume?
    Yup. It's easy to use. Wash the car first. Dry it (or at least get most of the water off), then spray every body panel and the wheels with IronX. Then I go back around the car and agitate it with a damp sponge. Any iron contaminants will turn purple and lift off of the paint.
    Once you see a lot of purple, rinse the car off, dry it, and then it's ready for clay. The IronX step only takes about 15-20 minutes. You'll be amazed how much smoother the paint feels after just that step.

    Just be warned though that IronX smells absolutely terrible.
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