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Old 10-31-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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clay bar

Waxed my cars numerous times but have never clay barred it. I want to try it out on my m3. Any tips/brands/something to watch out for? Griot garage the best stuff to use?

how to wise a quick google popped up this

http://www.detailedimage.com/Auto-De...uide/Clay-Bar/
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:50 PM   #2
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Clay bars are awesome.

I only have experience with Griot's and 'speed shine' but it's not really difficult or anything. Be careful not to go over dry paint or to leave chunks in panel gaps or plastic edges.
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:53 PM   #3
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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I still use Zaino stuff religiously. Tricks are keep it soapy, keep folding it over and pick out any dirt buggers you see, don't do it in the sun/on a hot car (the bar softens and leaves residue). Wash well with dawn before you do it and wash a couple of times after claying before waxing to get any residue off before trapping it in the wax.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:33 AM   #5
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Any tips/brands/something to watch out for?
Tips.............biggest one is don't drop it like it's hot. ..............if you do just chuck it.

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Clay bars are awesome.

I only have experience with Griot's and 'speed shine' but it's not really difficult or anything. Be careful not to go over dry paint or to leave chunks in panel gaps or plastic edges.
Yeah, I use Griot's as well. I tried some bargain basement blue colored bar once and it was rubbish....................and agree that keeping it well lubricated is important. I klay bar each vehicle once a year (spring), then along with a couple of coats of good sealant and one coat of carnauba wax over the top of it I'm good to go until the next spring on both the coupe and sportwagon, while on the DD VW I have to reapply the sealant and wax again in the fall.
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:11 PM   #6
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Clay bars are awesome.

I only have experience with Griot's and 'speed shine' but it's not really difficult or anything. Be careful not to go over dry paint or to leave chunks in panel gaps or plastic edges.
this?

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/show...ning-clay-8-oz

I take it I need the speed shine stuff too? Do you know if all clays need stuff like that or just griot?
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:40 PM   #7
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That looks like it - and yes, you'll need some sort of slippery lube stuff.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:18 PM   #8
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I use the Griot's 'speed shine' after every wash. It helps cut down on any existing swirl marks and adds an extra layer of shine and that slippery feeling. Love the stuff.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:45 PM   #9
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:57 PM   #10
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Clay bars are awesome.

Clay bar = brazilian for your car.


I've used Griot's clay bar and I've used off the shelf auto parts store version (Mequires?) They were about the same in my experience. Last time I did it I got a "kit" at the autoparts store that had two small clay bars (separately packaged), the "speed shine" lube-type stuff, and a separate bottle of wax.

It is amazing how much smoother the paint is after the clay bar treatment. Wash the car thoroughly first, though.
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