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ski_king
09-12-2006, 10:56 AM
Its time to detail and wax the boat, truck, etc.
I have read on here that a clay bar is a good way to get the contaniments of the surface before waxing.
I picked up a Mothers Cal Gold Clay Bar Kit last night and was somewhat disappointed in the size of the clay bar. I seriously doubt I will be able to use it on the boat and 3 other vehicles before it is scrap.

Does anybody know of a source of clay bars other than the wax manufactures? Is it the same clay I played with when I was a kid?

6ballsisall
09-12-2006, 10:58 AM
What is this stuff??? Got a link?

east tx skier
09-12-2006, 11:01 AM
I have used the one from mothers for an overspray problem on a car. I think it's supposed to be good for three vehicles if I recall. Mine has lasted through two without issue. Just keep molding the clay while you use it. I can speak for the cars. It works as advertised. The results are fantastic.

ski_king
09-12-2006, 11:01 AM
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-clay.html
http://www.properautocare.com/usclaybartor.html

MarkP
09-12-2006, 11:03 AM
Its time to detail and wax the boat, truck, etc.
I have read on here that a clay bar is a good way to get the contaniments of the surface before waxing.
I picked up a Mothers Cal Gold Clay Bar Kit last night and was somewhat disappointed in the size of the clay bar. I seriously doubt I will be able to use it on the boat and 3 other vehicles before it is scrap.

Does anybody know of a source of clay bars other than the wax manufactures? Is it the same clay I played with when I was a kid?http://www.ourladieslounge.com/forums/images/smilies/2.gifhttp://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Clay+Bar

http://www.autogeek.net/clbaandlu.html?gclid=CMvixYmhqIcCFSg1UAodnHs88A

http://www.autogeek.net/buycase.html

MYMC
09-12-2006, 11:05 AM
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-clay.html
http://www.properautocare.com/usclaybartor.html
Love the guys at proper auto care! The Mezerna stuff is great!

MarkP
09-12-2006, 11:06 AM
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-clay.html
http://www.properautocare.com/usclaybartor.html
Sorry Den, I just wanted to use that smiley :o

ski_king
09-12-2006, 11:26 AM
I am looking for a inexpensive source for the clay bar only.

If you drop the bar, it is junk. Murphys law says I will drop the bar 5 minutes after I start the job. I want a backup without buying a complete kit.

The lubricent you use is the same detailer I use to wipe my boat down with.

oxmach
09-13-2006, 03:59 PM
I clay bar my car each year and have been known to "drop the bar", as long as you don't pick up any abrasive impurities you can just fold it over and keep going. I usually get 3 cars worth out of a bar. I have a white car and the clay bar really does wonders for the fall out impurities. You can see them clearly in the hood which is fiberglass, prior to removing with the bar.

mika
09-25-2006, 04:13 PM
It is probably best to not use the whole bar when claying a vehicle. That way if you drop some you only throw out a little bit. You dont need to use the whole bar of clay to get the desired results. Say 1/4 or the amount should work. And you should be able to easily get 3 cars or more of use. Always remember to store used clay away from new clay just to keep the new stuff clean. Also can be a point of reference as to how dirty the peice you are using is.

As a side note using clay with some sort of a speed detail spray can speed the cleaning process and make clean up easier.

jeverett
09-26-2006, 03:55 AM
I am looking for a inexpensive source for the clay bar only.

If you drop the bar, it is junk. Murphys law says I will drop the bar 5 minutes after I start the job. I want a backup without buying a complete kit.

The lubricent you use is the same detailer I use to wipe my boat down with.

Try a google for claymagic. I believe you can get it there, good guys from TX. When claying it is good to use a detailer because they have silicon's and mild cleaners that act as lubricants. I agree if you drop the bar it is junk don't use it scratches have to be buffed out and that is tricky especially on gelcoat.

6ballsisall
08-19-2007, 10:15 PM
Well I tried Clay bar for the first time today on my car. All I can say is WOW!! What a tremendous difference in the surface feel of the paint and this car has never looked cleaner! I am sold! I'd do it more but 3 hours for an Audi A6 is alot of time!

bcampbe7
08-19-2007, 10:42 PM
Well I tried Clay bar for the first time today on my car. All I can say is WOW!! What a tremendous difference in the surface feel of the paint and this car has never looked cleaner! I am sold! I'd do it more but 3 hours for an Audi A6 is alot of time!


I have a Yukon XL that you can work on if you would like. :D

6ballsisall
08-19-2007, 11:41 PM
I have a Yukon XL that you can work on if you would like. :D


Nah.....the wife was complaining that I cleaned up my car but didn't tough her Tahoe. Me thinks I know I'll be doing next weekend.....:rolleyes:

wiltok
08-20-2007, 03:02 PM
I just did two of my cars last weekend - I couldn't believe the difference. Can you use it on your boat too???

p.s. I used the Mother's - it has lasted for 2 cars. I am actually running out of the detailing spray though....

tones03
08-20-2007, 03:16 PM
Clay bars are amazing. You wont believe how dirty your surface was, I wasnt totaly sold on the idea so I did half my car and all I can say is WOW. It was also one of the cheap ones, Meguairs kit, I dropped it, folded it over and was fine.

M-Funf
08-20-2007, 03:31 PM
I use them on my cars as well. works wonders on the look and feel of the finish...

I got mine through Pinnacle.

www.pinnaclewax.com

I clean my floor really well before I detail a car (sweep, vacuum, and mop)...I've dropped the clay and there was nothing to get stuck to it. I just rinsed it off with the clay lubricant, folded it over, and kept going...

msanantonio
09-11-2007, 09:48 AM
I have used the clay bar on my 1998 cobra convertible and the results were amazing. I was sceptical at first but it did a great job. I was also surprised about how small the bar is but it did it with ease. I even split the bar in half so my son could work in parallel. I used the meguiars quick spray wax as the lubricant. I just purchased a 2000 Maristar and this will be part of my initial cleaning process.

Prostar Rich
09-11-2007, 06:44 PM
Instead of using quick detailer as lube you can use car wash soap mixed with a little water. Same result and much cheaper than quick detailer.

Prostar Rich

Cloaked
09-11-2007, 10:40 PM
Gel coat on a boat and the clear finish on an automobile are different. Claybar is for use on an auto, however the folks at propercare have an informative article on it. I think claybar is not for a gelcoat. I may be wrong.

On that note, I just used the US$100 kit from propercare to buff out an 85 MC. Looks a lot better without the oxidation. I eneded up buying the kit and an orbital buffer (deal on their Porter Cable tool at US$150, in stock contrary to the web site's out of stock note).

92 190 PS
09-11-2007, 11:35 PM
I have the porter cable orbital and it is awesome . Have a clay bar in the garage and am waiting for the time to try it out.

Cloaked
09-12-2007, 12:30 AM
I have the porter cable orbital and it is awesome . Have a clay bar in the garage and am waiting for the time to try it out.
The 7424 is for autos (directional), and the 7428 is for gel coats (orbital). I like the PC as a whole, especially when I found it for US$149.00

Sodar
09-12-2007, 01:05 AM
The 7424 is for autos (directional), and the 7428 is for gel coats (orbital). I like the PC as a whole, especially when I found it for US$149.00

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The 7424 is an orbital polisher... the 7428 is a circular.

A Porter Cable 7424 polisher for
maintaining RV & marine gel coats!

This 6 inch random orbit polisher made its debut a few years ago and has taken the automotive, RV and marine detailing industry by storm. This machine is perfect for the first-time user yet is flexible enough to meet the demands of professional detailers.

The Porter Cable Marine Detailing Machine incorporates a random, swirl-free polishing action that will not scratch your boat's gel coat finish. An electronic variable speed control allows you to adjust the speed from 2,500 to 6,000 OPM. A heavy duty, 3.7 amp motor supplies plenty of torque and the machine is double insulated against shock. (Obviously this is a 120 volt polisher and not to be used while the boat is in the water!) The hand grip can be screwed into either side making the polisher adaptable for right or left handed operators.

Let me just say that this thing is AWESOME! I now wax my boat after every weekend of use. I can cleaner/polish and then wax the boat in about 30 minutes. I highly reccomend Surbuff microfiber pads for the 7424. They work soooooo well!
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east tx skier
09-12-2007, 11:22 AM
You sold me. Mine's on order. Where'd you get those pads and how much? Lamb's wool?

Sodar
09-12-2007, 11:27 AM
You sold me. Mine's on order. Where'd you get those pads and how much? Lamb's wool?

Get them here: http://www.topoftheline.com/6inchmicrofiberpads.html

You will also need to buy a hook/loop pad: http://www.topoftheline.com/porcabvelpad.html