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Clay Bar Alternative

Post by OLD SANDBACHIAN » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:07 pm

I have just seen this in a magazine- Farecla G3 Pro Body Prep Clay Mitt and wondered if anyone had used it, and if it was any better than a clay bar.


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by swoakes » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:31 pm

You looking to polish the life out of your new toy Alistair :wink:

I have some of the G3 fluid and thats good stuff; much finer than T cut or the like.

As regards polish my preference is now Autoglym Super Resin; goes on easy and more importantly comes off easy without streaks/ power residues. Leave a good shine for ages and it also removes residues that some cutting compounds struggle with :wink:

Have fun; nice weather for it. Hope that roofs down :!:


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:56 pm

I have played with a clay mitt, and clay cloth and found that the risks of marring are significantly increased. Of course it's horses for courses, but I would not use one on a customer's car.

As always, feel free to get in touch for any advice or recommendations. I'm always happy to talk cars!!

Mr Oakes - please ensure you wash your mouth out following mention of "T-Cut"!!! :D


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by swoakes » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:59 pm

PoshTwit wrote:Mr Oakes - please ensure you wash your mouth out following mention of "T-Cut"!!! :D
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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by nickkeyser » Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:35 pm

Posh twit, I would like to claybar my S2000, and have a few questions that you can Im sure you an help with;
What do you recomend that doesnt break the bank?
Does it have a shelf life?
How long do you think it will take to do an entire small sports car. No roof etc obviously.
Any tips?

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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by ScimmyMike » Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:58 pm

For me it's Bilt Hamber's auto-clay, you can use with water so no special lubricants required which keeps the cost down somewhat, you'll be surprised at how much cr*p comes off what seems to be perfectly clean paintwork, having tried their entire system I'm very impressed with its application and staying power, if you'd like some practice before trying on your SS1 I've got a SAAB that needs doing :lol: :lol:

Edit, perhaps we need a polishist section on here to keep us Cheshire members happy :w


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by OLD SANDBACHIAN » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:01 pm

swoakes wrote:You looking to polish the life out of your new toy Alistair :wink:

I have some of the G3 fluid and thats good stuff; much finer than T cut or the like.

As regards polish my preference is now Autoglym Super Resin; goes on easy and more importantly comes off easy without streaks/ power residues. Leave a good shine for ages and it also removes residues that some cutting compounds struggle with :wink:

Have fun; nice weather for it. Hope that roofs down :!:
No, not my toy. Our daily cars, the sun is out and they need their spring clean
PoshTwit wrote:I have played with a clay mitt, and clay cloth and found that the risks of marring are significantly increased. Of course it's horses for courses, but I would not use one on a customer's car.

As always, feel free to get in touch for any advice or recommendations. I'm always happy to talk cars!!

Mr Oakes - please ensure you wash your mouth out following mention of "T-Cut"!!! :D
Thanks for the advice,

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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by philhoward » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:05 pm

ScimmyMike wrote: Edit, perhaps we need a polishist section on here to keep us Cheshire members happy :w
Happy to add one if there's sufficient interest? I think it was mooted a long while back but didn't go anywhere. "Polishers Corner"?


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by swoakes » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:08 pm

ScimmyMike wrote:Edit, perhaps we need a polishist section on here to keep us Cheshire members happy :w
Wash your mouth out Mr Simpson :shock:


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:43 pm

nickkeyser wrote:Posh twit, I would like to claybar my S2000, and have a few questions that you can Im sure you an help with;
What do you recomend that doesnt break the bank?
Does it have a shelf life?
How long do you think it will take to do an entire small sports car. No roof etc obviously.
Any tips?

Thanks! Any advice is welcome.
Nick - out working at the moment. Will message you this evening.

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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by nickkeyser » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:45 pm

That's fantastic, thanks. You don't work as far over as East Hampshire do you?


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:48 pm

philhoward wrote:
ScimmyMike wrote: Edit, perhaps we need a polishist section on here to keep us Cheshire members happy :w
Happy to add one if there's sufficient interest? I think it was mooted a long while back but didn't go anywhere. "Polishers Corner"?
Happy to moderate this if required...


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Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:53 pm

nickkeyser wrote:That's fantastic, thanks. You don't work as far over as East Hampshire do you?
Have van, will travel! However, travelling costs may make me uncompetitive/prohibitive.

That said I do travel annually to Essex for the AC Ace Brooklands Owners to show prep various cars. Would happily look into a "Noggin Detailing Day" if there's sufficient interest. Likewise any other areas of the country.


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by philhoward » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:58 pm

Just about to move this thread to the new "Polishers' Corner" section, chaps... :D


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Re: Clay Bar Alternative

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:22 pm

nickkeyser wrote:Posh twit, I would like to claybar my S2000, and have a few questions that you can Im sure you an help with;
What do you recomend that doesnt break the bank?
Does it have a shelf life?
How long do you think it will take to do an entire small sports car. No roof etc obviously.
Any tips?

Thanks! Any advice is welcome.
Nick,

Claying a car will not take long, but your preparation will. The car should be fully and properly washed, tar and glue remover applied and ideally a fallout remover as well.

No claybar requires special lubricant - a diluted 1:1 Quick Detail spray will do the job quite adequately.

In terms of which clay, just buy that which suits your budget (generally around £10-15) but opt for a finer less-aggressive product and please stay away from the blu-tac which seems to be sold cheaply on eBay!

In terms of shelf life, I never have any long enough to find out but I would suggest an easy year if stored correctly sealed.


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