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ALL ABOUT AUTO DETAILING CLAY BARS
Detailing clay bars are sweeping the car care industry!
Formerly reserved for professional detailers and car dealers, clay bars have made their way into the garages of hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers thanks to its ease of use and fantastic results. Detailing Clay is a car care revolution!
Detailing Clay Bars were invented in Japan in the late 1980s to remove overspray and minor flaws from freshly painted vehicles at body shops. The preferred (and only) method of dealing with surface imperfections in the states was compounding, which does remove tiny layers of clear coat every time you do it.
WHAT IS CLAY?
Detailing Clay bars can be natural or synthetic, but most manufacturers produce synthetic clay bars on account of its superior longevity. Basically, detailing clay is a malleable plastic resin. It comes in 2-8 oz. bars and it can be shaped as desired.
WHAT DOES A DETAILING CLAY BAR DO?
Detailing Clay bars have the ability to grab the tiniest of debris and hold onto it as it glides across the paint. Used with the proper lubricant, Detailing clay bars are not abrasive and will not affect the paint surface with the exception of cleaning it. Anything that protrudes above the top coat surface will be grabbed by the clay bar and pulled out. The clay lubricant will prevent this debris from scratching the vehicle. Once clayed, the paint will feel remarkably smooth and have the shine that comes with perfectly clean paint.
Clay pulls out things you cant see, like industrial fallout, rail dust, and brake dust. Though they are not visible, they feel bumpy or gritty and they may cause patches of paint to appear dull, even after waxing. Even worse, as these contaminants oxidize, they create rust spots within the paint. Once this happens, the oxidation is considerably harder to remove and will most likely take a good bit of paint with it.
Likewise, chrome and coated metal and glass are subject to the same environmental pollutants as the paint. Use clay to clean these surfaces, too. It will not scratch metal or glass!
Detailing Clay bars also easily removes tar, sap, over spray, and gum. Its much safer than corrosive spot cleaners and it leaves the surface incredibly smooth.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CLAY LUBRICANT?
Clay lubricant is essential to the performance and safety of clay. It provides the necessary slick surface for clay to glide on. Beware of soapy water as a clay lube because some detergents will cause the clay to deteriorate.