Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

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Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby techlectic » Fri 03.06.2005, 02:31

Can anyone comment on the usage of a clay bar, either on an Elan or any other car?  The paint on my car is not in very good shape, so I want to do what I can to spiff it up.  But I don't want to screw it up!<br><br>well, even more than it is already...
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby Doug » Fri 03.06.2005, 03:03

[smiley=thumb.gif]     [smiley=thumb.gif]     [smiley=thumb.gif]     [smiley=thumb.gif]     [smiley=thumb.gif]<br><br>if you wash the car and the paint surface is not glassy smooth (just like your glass ought to be if clean) then you should use a clay bar on it !!!<br><br>After that you can do various polishes and then waxes<br><br>I don't have a black car anymore, but if I did I'd look into the newer waxes for dark and black cars that are dark in color so none of the white chaff is left over at all!<br><br>Griot's is great for products as well as tips on the process<br>http://www.griotsgarage.com/index.jsp<br><br>I have used their clay bar into the ground--they have the full Nordstrom's-type return policy too--I bet I could send them my gnarly brown clay bar and they'd replace it with a new one!<br><br>The first time you use a clay bar and see what it does you will be SOLD!
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby cjay » Fri 03.06.2005, 03:12

I'm with Doug, if you use a clay bar and do it right your car will be Spiff  ;D <br><br>You will be amazed at the amount of crap that come off what you think is a clean car. If your car is real bad try and use a clean part of the bar and not the dirty part to avoid scratches  :)<br><br>The only complaint I have is they charge almost $40 for a little lump of clay here  :o<br><br>cjay
I wonder what color the next one will be?
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby Doug » Fri 03.06.2005, 03:39

for $20, Griot's clay bar is a huge deal.  You will pay the same in the auto parts store for another copycat bar for the same price or more, only to find that it is 1/4 the size!!
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby cjay » Fri 03.06.2005, 04:15

Mmmm...  I'll have to stock up next time i'm in the US...  wonder how I'll go with security and customs  :o :o
I wonder what color the next one will be?
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby F1 LOTUS » Fri 03.06.2005, 04:34

[quote author=cjay link=board=body;num=1117762263;start=0#4 date=06/02/05 at 20:15:34]Mmmm...  I'll have to stock up next time i'm in the US...  wonder how I'll go with security and customs  :o :o[/quote]<br><br>Depends where you hide it ::)
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby cjay » Fri 03.06.2005, 04:39

:o yikes!   I don't like where this is heading....and it's an 18 hour flight!
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby Doug » Fri 03.06.2005, 05:41

just tell 'em it's candy<br><br>yeah, and if you are snuggling them in your orifaces then go with the smaller bars   ::)
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Re: Clay Bar - spiff or screw?

Postby Fubar1764 » Fri 03.06.2005, 06:32

Techlectic,<br>In your case, invest in an orbital buffer. You'll save yourself an awful lot of aches and pains. Try the buffer on your other car to get the hang of it. DON'T USE THE ORBITER WITH THE CLAY!!!<br>Also, consider doing the foolhardy and coat your car with the 3M paint protection film. The parts that I did coat look significantly shinier than the original. I'll post my experiences on the 3M sometime next week . . .still working on putting it together.
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