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Question Clay Bar?

Just wondering if a clay bar is safe for paint without clear coat? Thanx.








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From what I've seen, it should be. It worked wonders on my car when I used it.
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Use it!! I clay bar mine once or twice a year. As long as you use whatever "lubricant" comes with the kit and keep the surface wet, it'll be like glass when you get done.

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Yep. It's good stuff!
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I use it alot at work and it makes a big difference. Just use a good wax afterwards and it will look sweet
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I can't say enough about the Clay Bar. It works wonders.

Took the nasty grit off my wife's car. I did her car in 20 minutes.

My white T-Bird had little rusty colored specks on the paint. I spent an hour one afternoon cleaning the door with rubbing compound and polishing compound. Yes it looked nice and felt smooth, but it was a lot of work. I got the same, if not better, results with the clay bar. And I did the whole car in 15 minutes.

I'm not sure how it does it, but it does a great job.

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Just wondering if a clay bar is safe for paint without clear coat? Thanx.

the paint you've gotta watch out for is "basecoat clearcoat" if you have single shot " acrylic" you dont have be as carefull
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how the hell are you guys doing your entire car in such little time? When I clay mine, i spend EASILY 4-6 hours...

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will a clay bar remove thin lines of adhesive after side moldings are removed?

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I use it to remove paint overspray all the time. I can clay a full size truck and hand wax it in about 2 hours
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how the hell are you guys doing your entire car in such little time? When I clay mine, i spend EASILY 4-6 hours...
He must be talking just touch up on road grit, tar, sap, etc.
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I use it to remove paint overspray all the time. I can clay a full size truck and hand wax it in about 2 hours
If it can remove overspray, wont it remove NON-CLEAR COATED paint?

(I dont think I got a difinitive answer the first time?)








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It might remove some of the paint. I not sure but I can ask my boss tomorrow when I get to work. I work for a mobile detailing company and learn alot of stuff. What flaws on the paint do you have that makes you want to use a clay bar? If you are just wanting it to shine then the best thing is to use some compound then add some polish and finish it with a good paste wax. I know it sounds like alot of work but you will be surprised with the outcome.
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It should be safe... if removed contaminants in the paint, not the paint itself.

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What about swirl marks in the paint??? I can't seem to remove them... On my hood, roof, and trunk lid especially... Any good products / techniques???

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how the hell are you guys doing your entire car in such little time? When I clay mine, i spend EASILY 4-6 hours...
Same here... a complete claybar, wash, wax took me about 8 hours.

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yep, i spent my lovely day off using that thing. It was well worth it. The paint felt new..

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How much does a clay bar and kit usaully run you? I just now found out about them so I am gonna pick one up later on. I just washed my car yesterday so I sould be alright
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AnthraxBird, have you tried a clay bar yet? The only other way I know of is to use rubbing compound, polish, and wax. Dont use a high speed polisher afterwards.

SaleenTBird, You can get clay bars on ebay for around $16. It comes with some spay wax and detailing sprays
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What about swirl marks in the paint??? I can't seem to remove them... On my hood, roof, and trunk lid especially... Any good products / techniques???

Check out www.autopia.org, a detailers hang-out. I've just joined the site, and it helped me immensly with my detail this weekend. To really take care of swirls is an involved process. You need to polish, generally with a buffer, which takes skill, then use high quality wax. You're lucky you don't have a black car. Read the guide on autopia, I can't stress enough how awsome the site is.
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