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Discussion in 'Exterior and Detailing' started by Flexin_K20, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. Flexin_K20

    Flexin_K20 New Member

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    I picked up a Meguire's clay bar about a week ago and I have been waiting for the weather to clear up a bit. Today is the day Question is, How hard is it really. Not like the actuall "elbow grease", but doing it right:rocks:
    I just want to do it right the first time,
    Anyone have any pointers:help: :finger: :thumbup:
     
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  2. 2000gsr

    2000gsr New Member

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    Just keep plenty of water flowing over the part of the car that you are using the clay on.
     
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  3. Flexin_K20

    Flexin_K20 New Member

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    will water wash away the "quick detailers" lube that i'm supposed to use?
     
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  4. 2000gsr

    2000gsr New Member

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    You can use either the quick detailer that they give for lube or water will work just fine. The first time I used a clay bar I used the quick detailer that they give. I was a pain in the ass and took for ever. After that I just used the hose to keep the surface wet and it works the same and takes about half the time.
     
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    cool, this is just the kind of informed info i needed
    u:rocks: gsr
     
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  6. Mikey

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    I would rather use the stuff they give other than water,

    It's not hard at all. Spray and rub with the clay.

    Just takes time.
     
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    2000gsr New Member

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    They both work just as good. If you buy other brands they don't come with a spray of any kind and they tell you to use water.
     
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  8. Daniel
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    Very easy to use, we also sale the JDM Soft99 Clays. They are in our eBay store and not on our website yet.

    http://stores.ebay.com/Response-Import-Auto-Fashion

    Here are our instructions:

    The easiest way to restore a smooth-as-glass finish to your car is to "clay" the surface with Soft99 High Power Clay Cleaner. Specially formulated for clear coat finishes, High Power Cleaner Clay "pulls" contamination off the surface without abrasion or scratching. A great item that truly works. Made by Soft99, Japan's premier automotive car care product specialists.

    What is paint contamination?
    Paint contamination consists of tiny metal shavings from rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout. This contamination affects all paint finishes and can cause serious damage when left untreated. Paint contamination can be felt as a "rough or gritty" texture on the paint's surface and can lead to tiny rust spots. This contamination cannot be removed by washing, waxing and/or polishing. This is where Soft99 High Power Clay Clenaer comes in!

    Removing paint contamination:
    Soft99 High Power Clay Cleaner should always be used on freshly washed, clean surfaces.
    Always use a lubricant such as Meguiar's Quick Detailer with the clay bar.
    Work on areas about three square feet. Lightly mist the surface with the lubricant. Place the clay bar in the palm of your hand and rub it across the lubricated area using moderate pressure. (hard rubbing is not required) You should feel a slight grabbing at first. As you rub, the bar should glide smoothly over the surface. When the bar moves freely you are done. Wipe the surface with a clean dry towel and continue in sections until the entire vehicle is complete.

    As the bar becomes soiled, simply pull, stretch and refold to expose a new, clean side. When the bar becomes totally soiled (dark colored) discard it. The Soft99 High Power Clay Cleaner should clean at least 4-5 cars. Do not use a clay bar that has been dropped on the ground.

    After claying, the surface should be clean and as smooth as glass. Remove any remaining smudges with a clean dry towel. Microfiber towels like our are perfect for removing clay residues. Mist the surface with the lubricant if necessary to make the final wipe down easy.

    After claying the surface, you have two options. If the vehicle's paint is in like-new condition (good paint gloss and no swirls), you can finish by applying your favorite wax or paint sealant. If the finish shows any swirls or lacks luster, polish with a swirl remover or finishing polish and then apply a final coat of wax or paint sealant.

    Frequency of use:
    Soft99 High Power Cleaner Clay will not remove paint or the clear coat finish. It can be used as often as necessary to keep the surface free of contamination and smooth.
    Always apply a protective coat of wax or paint sealant after claying the surface.
     
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    Hell yea Daniel 2x:thumbup:
    I have been looking for Soft99 products for awhile.
    Do you stock any other soft99 stuff, or just the clay?
     
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    Right now the clay and a couple of air fresheners. that's it. We may dip more into the detailing line.
    :)
     
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    I am an auto detailer, and today at work I had to rub and wax a Saab that had overspray all over it. The guy's wife was spray painting something in their garage and didn't bother to move the car out or open the door, and all the paint fumes in the air settled on the car. The finish was so rough it felt like sandpaper. Anyway, I used a clay bar with just a spray bottle of water. Spray water on, rub the clay bar with light to medium pressure. Keep the surface wet while you do it. Dry it off and check by touch, as looking at the paint doesn't tell you anything. Rub your hand on the paint and feel and listen. If you hear a rough sound, keep rubbing that clay bar. Repeat as necessary, then once it is smooth follow up with a good wax. It should be smooth like my girlfriend's pussy when you are done. :rocks:
     
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    Thats awsome:thumbup: thanks for the help
     
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    when i use my clay bar on the leg. i use meguiers gold class car wash as lube. works very well. and sometimes if your not carefull te clay will stick to the paint. dosent hurt it but a pia to get off. using car wash on a sponge or wash mit to keep the surface wet. if your really spiffy you can mix car wash of your choice in a spray bottle (kinda like wet sanders do) and use that in one hand while your clay is busy in the other. do one body panel at a time and then rinse. but thats just me! :) good luck
     
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    also use your non-dominant hand to feel the paint. for some reason they teach this trick in auto body school.
     
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    y0u use it on your leg !! good times =P
     
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    haha yea its a really good time!! :p rips that hair right out! ooooo
     
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    LoLz?? I have a question...When I claybared my roof, i got white liquid...it seems like it was taking my paint off, but thats not at all what it does. can anyone tell me whats up?
     
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    thats kinda weird. so its not your paint you say? id say your car is way too new to have oxidation. and im guessing also that you keep it really clean. hmmm. not sure what to say about that. if its not hurting anything i wouldnt worry about it. my cars a 98 and its got plenty of clear left. and i wash the ba-jesus out of it. =)
     
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    Please get the detailing line, I am always trying to find Soft 99 products, it's hard to find their waxes like Soft99 Authentic Excellent or Authentic Iridium, I did get some Authentic Premium and love it!!!
     
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    Great advice!!
     
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