[quote:d8b1ae3307="hambone"]has anyone tried using the 'clay' cleaning methods on their vehicles ?
i have recently heard about it and was wondering if anyone had any 'real-world' experience they could share...
I tried the Zaino bros. clay bar and wax products a few weeks ago. I had no experience with the clay bar deal prior. It's is quite cool and easy to do.
Seems like it is just modeling clay like substance which you keep lubricated with diluted liquid dish soap as you rub it over the paint. I also did my other car which is only a yr old. Never realized how gritty the surface of the paint is till you do this process. Amazing !! I followed the clay with another wash and then used the Zaino wax product. Easy to apply and remove but I understand if you live in a humid climate it may require several hours to dry before you wipe it off. All in all very satisfied with the results. I learn cool stuff from these boards. Good luck.
I've got a buddy who swears by the Zaino products and clay bar. He has a black Maxima and when he gets finished it's like glass and amazing. I like the concept, but I never seem to have the time nor the energy to do all that! :lol:
I will testify that Mothers clay bar kit works like a charm. I seriously thought that my red 97' Toyota Tercal needed a new paint job and decided to try the clay bar thing after reading about it in a AAA magazine.
After rubing the bar with its spray on stuff I was certain that I had just ruined what had been left of my paint job but after I waxed it I was surprised on how the car shined!!! It had never looked so good. I did it to my brother-in-laws 99' silver RAV and it gave it a really nice shine (his paint job is still in good condition).
I really recommend it, it makes your paint real slick and seems to prep it well for wax.
On the downside of such a beautiful shine, even the smallest of finger prints shows up big. So carry a clean terry towel with you at all times to smooth out the smudges. Ans if that aint anal enuf for ya. Try wiping off your nieghbor's prints seconds after he lifts his hand off the paint.
Hambone - Don't let your neighbor fire any clay for you. The clay used is soft not hard. Also, vitrified is not the answer. Vitrified is hard clay with a glazed finish to it (I know this because my father was a sales- engineer for a vitrified clay company). using vitrified clay on your car would be like using a brick on it.
I absolutely LOVE both the Meguires and Mothers kits. Personally, I like Mothers more because you get more clay for later use, but both kits are awesome. Make sure to wax right after clay barring for that brand new looking paint shine and protection! You know you've done it right when your paint feels like cool glass :grin:
Clay bars are clay bars so go with the cheapest one you can find. There is nothing magical about them. I love using the clay bar as it pulls black top specks right off. Zaino is awesome but I always feel bad that I can't do my whole car with a dime size blob. No matter what brand wax you use it always looks better after you clay your car. My E is silver metallic and it almost doesn't even need wax after using the clay bar.