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    Clay bar

    Whats a clay bar? whats it do? where would i find one...i use meguiars wax (i spelled that wrong) and i like it, but what would this so called clay bar bring to the show that my wax doesnt....

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    takes out all the fine impurities

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    Simple terms. Pulls shit out from the clear coat, that you can't get from washing. If your paint feels roughs or feathering. You should clay it.

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    Anything you want to know about clay bar is in the link I posted above. Here is another tip:

    Take a ziploc plastic bag and put your hand inside and run it over the paint before and after clay barring. You will feel a significant difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Take a ziploc plastic bag and put your hand inside and run it over the paint before and after clay barring. You will feel a significant difference.
    Ummm? Why is this and what difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHines-IT View Post
    Ummm? Why is this and what difference?
    You will feel the imperfections and debris before clay barring. After using the clay bar, you will feel how smooth the finish is. Try it some time.

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    if you want get on autogeek.net and you should find a video just for the clay bar

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    GET THE TURTLE WAX CLAY KIT,or a kit that comes with prewash soap, Y2KPewterSS is right about the bag trick, you could slip-and-slide across the finished product if you do it right, and be sure to wax afterwards or else you wasted your time/money

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHines-IT View Post
    Ummm? Why is this and what difference?
    the plastic bag is specific for y2kpewterss because bare hands can never touch his car. too much risk involved there

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    meg's claybar kit, i personally use Mother claybar kit and LOVE IT, and theres lay magic.

    any of the 3 will get you what you want. i perfectly smooth feel to your paint!!!! ready for a nice polish then wax and or sealant!!!

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    Basically its fine sanding/polishing your clear coat. Do not finger sand. Go side to side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Rexxx View Post
    Basically its fine sanding/polishing your clear coat. Do not finger sand. Go side to side.
    i have a problem with this explanation. the purpose of clay is to remove contaminants from your paint before polishing. technically yes, it is an abrasive, but it's in no way a polish. that is not its intended use.

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    i just bouight a claybar kit from meguires a week ago but havn gotten to use it due to the snow is meguires good?

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    yeah, that's what i use. meguiars products are about the best you can buy off the shelf. quality stuff.

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    meguirs and mothers are both good clay bar kits....i used mothers and was very happy with how the car came out

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    I started off using Meguires on my car and never really got that "oooh - aaah" feeling. I switched to Zaino after a friend of mine did his car. Now I get that OMG look to my car. Just the other day I had someone walk up to me in the parking lot and ask me if my car was new becuase it looked so good. In his words "mint condition".

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    Creeper for your info all of our cars have a clear coat on top of the paint. The paint is put on in three coats and the clear is two coats. So you are not actually sanding and polishing the paint coat. When you paint the car the paint it is actually dull, the clear coat puts the deep shine in it. I know because I have painted/cleared over 200 cars when I worked for my brother who is a certified painter. Our cars are not single base like in the old days. It helps with rock chips and other debris from destroying the metal underneath. You can easily repair a clear coat cheaper than having to paint the whole car or panel. All you have to do is replace the clear coat, after feathering in the existing coat.

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    And yes it polishes too.

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