Archive for the ‘Clay bars’ Category

Clay bars ‘need to be folded over’

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Drivers who want to take their car's shine from good to great know that clay bars are an essential part of a detailing kit.

However, the key to obtaining that showroom finish is knowing how to use clay bars properly so that they lift all the surface contaminants off the bodywork so that the car waxes and car polishes can do their job.

It is important to tear the clay bar into several pieces for effective use and once a certain part has been treated, folding the clay into itself can be a good technique for getting the most out of it.

This is something the team at Victory Detailing did when taking care of a Mercedes recently.

"We moulded the clay to fit inside many of the cracks to pick up the dirt around the edges. In order to ensure the area is clean, the clay needed to be folded over many times. As the clay hit every surface of the vehicle we were confident that all the dirt had been removed," they stated.

Marc Forget, owner of Street Freaks Detailing, told the Times Colonist that buying products such as clay bars is easy as they are not just the preserve of professional detailers any more.

Posted by James Robson

Using clay bars well ‘takes time’

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Car exterior care is not something drivers can rush and hope they will get great results at the end of it.

While products such as clay bars, car scratch remover and microfibre cloths are essential to getting that fantastic finish, they cannot do the work on their own.

Owners must be prepared to put the hours in if they want to get that showroom shine they crave.

This is especially true of clay bars, as these must be used in patches and require time and patience for the best results.

The team at Victory Detailing understand this and that is why a BMW they recently clayed came out looking good as new.

"We were able to bring the shine back to this vehicle. It certainly took some time, however, the results were remarkable," the experts noted.

Autoglym chief executive officer Paul Caller recently stated that the best way to prevent bird droppings damaging paint is to remove them with car care products as soon as possible.

Posted by Matt Casson

Clay bars ‘good for removing surface contaminants’

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Auto detailing is about going further than just washing and drying – it involves using various products to make the car look as good as it possibly can and among the items essential to this are clay bars.

Car waxes and polish are also crucial investments, but unless the paint is free of contaminants, all the polish and wax in the world will make little difference.

So after washing a vehicle with car shampoo, drivers should use a clay bar to lift off any stubborn bits of grime such as brake dust, bird droppings or oxidation like the team at Victory Detailing recently did.

They were called out to fix up a BMW 3-series that looked a little worse for wear.

Following a good clean, they then proceeded to tidy up the bodywork with clay bars.

"After washing, we spent extra time with the clay bar to make sure that we were able to remove all surface contaminants before applying a heavy duty cleaner wax to bring the paint back to life," the experts added.

Andras Nagy, writing for Professional Carwashing and Detailing, said clay bars are the best product for removing below-surface contaminants.

Posted by James Robson

Keep track of car maintenance with iOS app

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Using clay bars, car shampoo and car scratch remover is essential to maintaining the look of a motor but it is important to keep accurate records of these and other tasks performed on the vehicle.

Those with smartphones may wish to invest in a new app which acts as a record keeper for such jobs as well as oil changes and other work.

Called the Car Maintenance app, drivers can note the service histories, the vehicle's year, model and other important information, Phones Review reports.

The software can be downloaded for the iPhone, iPad and IPod Touch from the iTunes store, the source went on to state.

Graeme Fletcher, writing for the National Post, said recently that it is important to carry out a full health check on cars, with checking the engine and detailing the interior and exterior two of the most critical jobs drivers must do this summer.

Posted by Simone Williams

Hand washing ‘is preferable to a machine wash’

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

With people's finances stretched there is the temptation to cut back on areas such as car washing but an expert has stated that this is a false economy.

Mauricio Mora, co-owner and general manager at Brothers Hand Car Wash, told Evergreen Park Patch that cleaning a vehicle by hand with car shampoo and clay bars will leave a better finish and also cause less damage than a machine.

He stated that many drivers think a cheap automatic wash will deliver the same results when the truth is quite different.

"That's not good because cheap car washes scratch car paint. We recommend washing cars by hand," Mr Mora told the news provider.

Jim Travers, writing for, said recently that another benefit of washing a car manually is that it allows the owner to inspect the bodywork for dents and nicks, which can then be repaired using car scratch remover and other suitable products.

Posted by James Robson

Detailing firms offer car care tips

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Several detailing experts have offered advice on how drivers can make sure their vehicle looks the part and does not suffer long term damage from the elements.

The Ottawa Citizen spoke to several companies and asked for their advice, with Minute Car Wash recommending they wait until all traces of salt are gone from the roads before cleaning the carpets and mats.

Top's Car Wash stated that regular washing is the best way to avoid permanent wear and tear, meaning drivers may want to invest in clay bars and car shampoo.

Splash Customer Car Care recommended having a thorough detailing job done every 12 months.

"Have a major detailing done at least once every year to avoid permanent problems," the firm added.

According to a recent post on the Powersheen blog, tyre cleaners and car brushes should be used to breathe some new life into the wheels and make them look as good as the rest of the vehicle.

Posted by Anne Simpson

P21S and Dodo Juice ‘are world-class brands’

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

There are many car cleaning product brands available to drivers these days but some are better than others, with P21S and Dodo Juice belonging to the world-class category.

That is according to KC Detailing, which stated that many companies who offer detailing services will try and pull the wool over customers' eyes and claim they use only the best car shampoo, car waxes and clay bars when the reality is something else.

It is important to question the firm and find out more about them, the experts stated.

They may state that they use products from certain manufacturers, however, some are better than others.

Those who want to do their own detailing job should look to invest in P21S or Dodo Juice solutions, as according to the company, these are "world class".

Dday, posting on the Detailing Bliss forum, said that Dodo Juice Born Slippy and Dodo Juice Blue Velvet Car Wax are part of his ultimate detailing kit.

Posted by Anne Simpson

Clay bars ‘the best for removing below-surface contaminants’

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Brake and rail dust as well as industrial fallout can all wreak havoc on a car's paint job but there are steps drivers can take to make sure their motor does not suffer.

Writing for Professional Carwashing and Detailing, Andras Nagy said that when motorists run their fingertips over their paint and notice it is gritty and lumpy then they need to act quickly and the most effective way to remove these imperfections is through the use of clay bars.

"The best way to get rid of these embedded particles is the use of a clay bar … claying can be done as frequently as necessary. If it creates a glassy and glossy smooth surface, no polishing is necessary," he stated.

If the bodywork is still not silky smooth then Mr Nagy recommended investing in car polishes, compounds and finishing papers to get the job done.

Brian Eisenhauer, writing on his personal blog, said that using clay bars properly is a time-consuming process but it is worth the effort as the finish is usually exemplary.

Posted by Mark Henderson

Detailer revitalises Lexus with clay bars

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A detailing firm has revealed how a battered and tired looking Lexus GS450h was recently brought into the showroom and revitalised using car shampoo and clay bars.

Miglior Detailing said in a blog post that the motor had recently had a front end re-spray and rear bumper but the quality of the work left a lot to be desired.

While the paint job itself was not too bad, the finishing of it "could have been much better".

To bring the Lexus back to life, the company took it out of the showroom and washed it using car shampoo before using clay bars to remove any contaminants.

The firm highlighted the severe swirl marks on the car and stated that to get rid of them properly would have required a full correction, however, the owner did not want this.

As a result, the experts decided on a single-stage machine polish to reduce the number of scratches.

Writing for Professional Carwashing and Detailing, Andras Nagy recently said that clay bars are the best way of removing surface contaminants.

Posted by Anne Simpson

Using clay bars ‘requires time and patience’

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Clay bars are one of the professional detailing world's best-kept secrets and drivers who want their bodywork to look the best it can will want to invest in one.

Brian Eisenhauer, writing on his personal blog, said that this is one of the most important car exterior care products available and should be part of every enthusiast's detailing arsenal.

As well as clay bars, drivers need microfibre cloths, Meguiar's Gold Class Carnauba Wax and Meguiar's Ultimate Compound.

When it comes to using clay bars however, motorists must understand that it is a time-consuming process to get it right but when they do, the results are worth it.

"This is one of professional detailers best kept secrets and when used properly and it works well … take your time, the reward is fulfilling," Mr Eisenhauer went on to add.

Car wash and polish mitts are also essential car care tools, Richard Tipper, from detailing company Perfection Ltd, told BOTB News recently.

Posted by Anne Simpson