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Old 06-26-2007, 11:20 PM   #1
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Seeing as one of those little bottles comes with every mothers clay bar.......and I have used up(and thrown out) a few small bottles.....

i'm guessing i've bought 12-14 mothers bars and 4-5 meguiars.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:28 PM   #2
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In 4 years of owning my car, I've clayed once, and even then, it didnt really need it.

I'm not seein the hype over the clay bar unless you park under a tree that drips sap or drive on a dirt road every day.
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I have one bar that I've used for many years on 4 vehicles. I don't have to do it very often.....maybe once a year at most.
Mother'* California Gold spray is all I use in between.
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yeah i have two bars of clay but one is still in the plastic. I just keep using the same bar over and over.. but then again i dont use it very often.
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In 4 years of owning my car, I've clayed once, and even then, it didnt really need it.

I'm not seein the hype over the clay bar unless you park under a tree that drips sap or drive on a dirt road every day.
Well most of them are from when I was detailing cars on a regular basis. But on the other hand, I use one every time I wax a car. in the past 5+ years all of my familes cars have been parked outside, day and night, always near but not under trees. And my best friend parks at the end of a 1/4 mile gravel driveway.

I also replace clay more often then it may need to because I would rather spend the money on new clay then risk spending the time on buffing fine scratches out.
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2. And I've thrown out one of the bars, the other I've saved just for an emergency, I wouldn't do an entire car with it. Clay magic brand, have an entire bottle of their lubricant left still though.
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In 4 years of owning my car, I've clayed once, and even then, it didnt really need it.

I'm not seein the hype over the clay bar unless you park under a tree that drips sap or drive on a dirt road every day.
Clay bar is necessary in my area. The roads are constantly under construction and there'* no rule for gravel trucks to cover their loads so we get a lot of stuff stuck on the fronts. My mom does the same commute I do (only I go the reverse direction since we live in different towns) and her Audi needed a clay barring after only a few months of that commute.

I clay bar once every few months to keep my front nice and clean.
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I've used my clay bar once. This spring, definitely needed it. Huge difference in the feel of the pain afterwards. Then I clay bared just the front end, roof, and trunk a couple weeks ago. Sides didn't need it. Oh and i've used it on the rear driver quarter panel on my friends ga to remove some road tar and on the front passenger quarter to remove some clear coat over spray.
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I'm not putting down the clay process, its great and it did make a difference, I guess I was just expecting some protest from the clay as I ran it along the car. I used the Meguiars product and was pretty satisfied with it.

I get the same "soft paint" finish with products like Nu Finish and using the spray detailer without the clay bar.

Anyway, for those that need it...do it!
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I just did the front end on my GXP about 3 days ago I liked it and I did the whole jeep when we first bought it about 2 weeks ago. Then I used LG to wax with. your supposed to wax it afterwards correct?
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