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Old 12-14-2008, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you guys think? I bought this for 10 bucks today down at the auto parts store and the guy said that it was fantastic (especially for the 50% off price). I'm kind of interested to see if anybody has before and after pictures... mine will follow shortly.
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Hmm I'm interested in your outcome. I only have the darn turtle wax crap for now (can't wait to finish using it). Meg's has always been good, but have never used the surface clay kit.
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Their clay kit is great. Take your time and you will be rewarded with a great looking finish.
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Their clay kit is great. Take your time and you will be rewarded with a great looking finish.
Sweet. I'm going to try to get some good before and after pics, but the lighting in the garage/warehouse we have isn't the best for photography (it's going to be done at night). We'll see.

I'm also curious - has anyone used their buffer? Although it's realllly expensive, it looks sick!
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It's the best 20 minutes you will spend on your car. It is amazing just how well the product works. I've been claying my cars for the past few years and won't wax unless I have clayed first. Again, it takes me about 20 minutes but is well worth it.
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It's the best 20 minutes you will spend on your car. It is amazing just how well the product works. I've been claying my cars for the past few years and won't wax unless I have clayed first. Again, it takes me about 20 minutes but is well worth it.
Cool. I think I'm going to take it through a commercial car wash about 5 minutes before I get to the warehouse, so I don't have to wash it.

How long do the clay's last? I have two bars and I want to do my ruby and my dad's 2007 toyota tundra
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The bars will last through multiple vehicles, the wetting solution will run out first. One tip, make certain you have a good grip on the clay bar, if it hits the ground, throw it out as it will pick up anything on the ground. The last thing you want is to rub grit into your paint. I get the clay formed into a 2" x 2" pad, then straighten out the fingers of my right hand, then push the clay onto the fingers.

Again, you will be absolutely amazed at how smooth the paint will feel when you are done. I live in Maine and we get all kinds of crap that settles on the cars, clay takes it off with no problems. I have even cleaned over spray off a bumper with it.
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Cool. I think I'm going to take it through a commercial car wash about 5 minutes before I get to the warehouse, so I don't have to wash it.

How long do the clay's last? I have two bars and I want to do my ruby and my dad's 2007 toyota tundra
Do this, rinse the car down well before using the clay. You don't want any road grit on the car.

The clay will last a long time before you need replace it. It will become obvious when it is too old. It will slowly become too hard or too contaminated from use.
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Do this, rinse the car down well before using the clay. You don't want any road grit on the car.

The clay will last a long time before you need replace it. It will become obvious when it is too old. It will slowly become too hard or too contaminated from use.
cool. I think i'm getting a whole meguiars kit now
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cool. I think i'm getting a whole meguiars kit now
You won't be disappointed. They sell quality products.
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Use a plastic grocery bag to rub over the surface of the paint to show if the section is glass smooth. The bag helps to show any thing you missed since it will make a sound even with the smallest imperfections.
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I love the Meguiars clay bar. Much better than Mothers' IMO. I usually get rid of a clay bar after two uses. I don't like paint swirls.
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Hmm I'm interested in your outcome. I only have the darn turtle wax crap for now (can't wait to finish using it). Meg's has always been good, but have never used the surface clay kit.
Um, which Turtle Wax crap is that? I am presently using the Turtle Wax ICE Clay Bar liquid compound which in my opinion is 100% easier to use than a dry clay bar and gets results that are just as good.

I finish off with paste ICE wax and an over-spray with the ICE detail spray and the car ends up looking so shiny that it is almost impossible to look directly at it in the sunlight (without a decent pair of sunglasses).

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