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    Merguiars Clay

    Just bought this and plan on using it this evening, before i do I just want to clarify some things.

    I wash the car and get rid of all the soapy suds and then go at it with the detailer and clay. I dont have to dry the car first do I?

    What do I do with the clay after Ive done the needful. Can it be saved and used again or is that it finished?
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    I use the used clay that ain't full of dirty and crap from my paint to clean/shine up my alloys. Takes off stubborn brake disc dirt and the odd bit of tar etc.

    Personally when I used the clay last month I started with the detailer but if you get a bucket of water and some suds and use that to keep the car lubricated and I kept the clay in a cup of warm water.
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    Hi Scott, I'll have a go at answering this one.

    first of all, break off about 1/3 of the clay, kneed it till it is soft then roughly flatten it so that you can glide it over the car with your finger tips.

    what I do, is wash the car, rinse off, them make up fresh warm soapy water, then I wash the panel again and give a liberal spray of the quick detailer aswell then gently glide the clay over the panel in a side to side, up and down motion, this methoddoes 2 things: a) add lubrication (soapy water + QD) and b) save you money by not using up the QD so quickly, I then wipe over the area with the wash mitt again and rinse!

    remember to keep turning the clay to a keep the contact patch fresh, and yes it is re-usable. When it gets realy dirty or you drop it, throw it!
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    So between this application and the next do I need to keep it moist or anything?

    Wrap it in clingfilm or summit?
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    Definatly keep in clean film or a airtight tub or somthing, so doesnt dry out.
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    Just tried it on my wing and sucessfully managed to scratch it to buggery.

    Please tell me its not gonna do the entire car like this?

    I think there might have been a bit of dust on the car at the time which I assume lead to the scratches, and when I do it after a wash it will be fine.

    Convince me please!
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    I always wash the car before going near it with the clay, have used clay on mine lots of times, takes road film off and feels as smooth as glass afterwards, then put on polish and wax and jobs a goodun

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    I've used the clay bar quite a few times now and havent experienced the problems you have had Scott

    Sometimes you feel it start to stick but you just need more of the detailer to keep it lubricated. The bar should constantly feel like its sliding over the body work
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    I have to say i did the same think mine, but mine was on the bonnet.

    Dont think i softend the clay bar enough! ive still got the scratches on the bonnet and its damn annoying.

    other day i did T-cut the bonnet and it did knock the scrtaches down a bit. then i scratch x'ed, then paint cleaner, and then waxed it.

    Looks ok-ish

    make sure you really really make it soft, like you would blu-tac make it really plyable and soft.

    after this and plenty of lube it wil lbe fine.






    Quote Originally Posted by Scott G
    Just tried it on my wing and sucessfully managed to scratch it to buggery.

    Please tell me its not gonna do the entire car like this?

    I think there might have been a bit of dust on the car at the time which I assume lead to the scratches, and when I do it after a wash it will be fine.

    Convince me please!
    Chopper666

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