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Old 05-20-2016, 05:56 PM   #1
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How often do you clay bar?

I learned my lesson today......last week we put over 1,200 miles on a trip up into Canada, over to the west side of Washington and then back home. It rained a couple of times, and there was construction for part of the way as well.
I did not really test the smoothness of the paint before I started to wax the car today......and MAN! There was a TON of debris in the paint -- which I guess I thought the waxing might take out, as it has in the past (Collinite 845). Good thing I only did the front third before stopping!
So, a full clay bar job later, and a new full Collinite coating, the paint is again so smooth -- like glass.
I use Griot's Garage clay and Mother's California Gold Detail Spray as lubricant -- and both do an awesome job. And, I am going to clay every time after a long trip for sure!
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How often do you clay bar?

Never anymore. After using a prep mitt, threw the bar in the garbage.
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Never anymore. After using a prep mitt, threw the bar in the garbage.
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Never anymore. After using a prep mitt, threw the bar in the garbage.
Most high end professionals still prefer traditional clay...
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How often do you clay bar?

I don't.
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Most high end professionals still prefer traditional clay...
I know that the clay bar does a great job for me..........not so sure about the mitt. I like being able to fold over the clay after every section so that it is fresh. You can't do that with the mitt.
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My '14 Mustang is my daily driver and I don't have a garage. I keep it washed, and have a local detail shop clay bar/wax it once a year. This procedure works fine, and kept my '02 Mustang glistening for 12 years. This is in California, so the weather is not the factor it may be elsewhere.
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I know that the clay bar does a great job for me..........not so sure about the mitt. I like being able to fold over the clay after every section so that it is fresh. You can't do that with the mitt.
You would just wash it off like on a grit guard or take a hose to it... Most detailers who prefer clay do so because of the feedback it gives. You can feel the difference between it picking up debris and it being smooth. A mitt doesn't give as much feedback.

And those who want to be super in tune with the detailing apply wax by hand, literally wax on their hands and rub it on that way.
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Most high end professionals still prefer traditional clay...
Most drag racers prefer Fox Bodies to S197s as well.

I use a mitt as well, not only does it cut down on time, messiness, and lasts longer, but it produces the same results, at least from using the plastic bag test.
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Most drag racers prefer Fox Bodies to S197s as well.

I use a mitt as well, not only does it cut down on time, messiness, and lasts longer, but it produces the same results, at least from using the plastic bag test.
I never said they can't work. But you have to be more careful with them. Like i said before its the feedback they give. Using a mitt and clay you can feel a difference when it picks up debris vs when it smooth. I'm talking about people who detail multi million dollar cars. On a $30-40,000 car it will be fine because you can just get another detail if you get swirls.

But like anything it's 100% subjective. What works for others may not work for someone else, and vice versa.

I prefer clay, and it doesn't take me that long to do my car.
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1x per year on my nice day toy. I do it before it's first wax of the season.
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1x per year on my nice day toy. I do it before it's first wax of the season.
That would probably be just right for most people -- but parking under the wrong tree just once during the year could ruin that schedule for sure!
I clayed the car when I took it out of storage a couple of months ago -- but that 1,200 mile trip put a lot of "stuff" on the paint that I did not expect.
I guess what I am saying, is that I will for sure test the smoothness of the paint after a trip like that before laying on a fresh coat of my favorite wax.
I will say that the car is now as shiny as its ever been --- it looks freakin' GREAT! Mothers California Gold Detailing spray makes a fantastic lube for the Griot's clay bar.
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I only use my clay mitt and its the only way I will clay my car or any of my customers vehicles. Good bye to traditional clay bars. The clay mitt gets the job done and done correctly.

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I only use my clay mitt and its the only way I will clay my car or any of my customers vehicles. Good bye to traditional clay bars. The clay mitt gets the job done and done correctly.

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The man that talked me into buying a clay mitt.
They are awesome and to answer the OP's question, I clay once a year.

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I use claybar twice a year on my personal car.. I professionally detail and by myself using the clay and a mist from the garden house.. I could do a 2012 mustang in 10 mins.... Going quick, but not missing a spot.
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When you use a mitt, do you still have to lube the surface?
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When you use a mitt, do you still have to lube the surface?
Yes, you still have to lube the service

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When you use a mitt, do you still have to lube the surface?
Yes. I bought a gallon of $20 CG Clay lube instead of using actual detailer, which is more expensive to use just for lubrication purposes.
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So, if you have to lube the mitt as well, what ARE the advantages? and, if you need to rinse the mitt all the time to take out contaminants and make sure you have a clean surface you are rubbing on your paint -- vs -- just folding over the clay...........I think I'll stay with my clay.
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So, if you have to lube the mitt as well, what ARE the advantages? and, if you need to rinse the mitt all the time to take out contaminants and make sure you have a clean surface you are rubbing on your paint -- vs -- just folding over the clay...........I think I'll stay with my clay.
I don't use clay lube. I use it with my foam gun. The car soap from the bucket is the lubricant. I can clay my mustang in 10 minutes. Good luck doing that with a traditional clay bar.

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$100.00 for two mitts? Plus shipping? That's not gonna' happen........Although I do really like Griot's clay bar as it's super sticky.
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How often do you clay bar?

Just buy one, two is unnecessary. You don't have two different clays do you?

Edit: This is the only one I use, passes the plastic bag test the same as normal clay.

Nanoskin (AS-016) AutoScrub Fine Grade Wash Mitt https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DOS0LH2..._ECjrxbCJBTHDQ


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$100.00 for two mitts? Plus shipping? That's not gonna' happen........Although I do really like Griot's clay bar as it's super sticky.
You shouldn't need two mitts. Just one fine grade mitt.

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I can see it now......the big question in the detailing section is going to be.....

So are you a CLAY guy or a MITT guy?...........who wants to start the survey now?

I'd MUCH rather answer that question than vote for President this fall........
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Can't argue with you there.


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Just buy one, two is unnecessary. You don't have two different clays do you?

Edit: This is the only one I use, passes the plastic bag test the same as normal clay.

Nanoskin (AS-016) AutoScrub Fine Grade Wash Mitt https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DOS0LH2..._ECjrxbCJBTHDQ
OK.....OK.....OK~ I went ahead and bought one to try. Found it on eBay for $36, so thought what the heck.
I'll be all for it if it turns out to be easier to use..........thanks, guys - this forum sometimes costs us $$'s, you know? This time being only $36.....not so bad.
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OK.....OK.....OK~ I went ahead and bought one to try. Found it on eBay for $36, so thought what the heck.
I'll be all for it if it turns out to be easier to use..........thanks, guys - this forum sometimes costs us $$'s, you know? This time being only $36.....not so bad.
Good job bro. You will love

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I've been using a clay bar since the 60's -- so it pains me, Kona to say -- you were right.
I decided to mitt the car just because today............and it is now shinier and smoother than its ever been.
Advantages to the mitt over clay:
1. It has about five times the surface area of clay, so it is MUCH faster.
2. You can press harder -- even use both hands, which takes out more micro scratches and other surface imperfections.
3. No danger of dropping it.
4. No danger of touching the trim and leaving a streak of clay there.
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I've been using a clay bar since the 60's -- so it pains me, Kona to say -- you were right.
I decided to mitt the car just because today............and it is now shinier and smoother than its ever been.
Advantages to the mitt over clay:
1. It has about five times the surface area of clay, so it is MUCH faster.
2. You can press harder -- even use both hands, which takes out more micro scratches and other surface imperfections.
3. No danger of dropping it.
4. No danger of touching the trim and leaving a streak of clay there.
Utmost respect for you sir. Welcome to the dark side. Lol.

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Utmost respect for you sir. Welcome to the dark side. Lol.
Thanks......but "mitting" the car just sounds WIERD!
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Still using clay here.

I normally clay my vehicles 2-3 times a year. My cars have to sit outside, so they are beaten up by the sun and other elements in a regular basis.



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