Clay bars ‘are no gimmick’

There is the temptation to think that some auto detailing products are more about style than substance, however, clay bars do not fall into this category.

For those who are serious about making their vehicle look the best it possibly can, there are certain steps that need to be followed for the best results.

To begin with, the motor needs to be cleaned from top to bottom with a good car shampoo. After drying, the next phase for many is simply adding car waxes and then putting their feet up for the rest of the day.

However, auto detailing is about going the extra mile to make the paint shine and sparkle like it did the day the car left the showroom.

This is where clay bars come in. These products will pick off the grit and surface imperfections which the shampoo and wash mitts left behind.

Drivers simply need to run their fingers across the bodywork and if the paint feels grainy, clay bars are required.

One enthusiast who was not convinced about how useful clay bars were is kemPlink Auto Detailing blog writer Selasa, who said that his opinion quickly changed after he used them on his Subaru.

"I've always considered the 'clay bar treatment' a gimmick – promising an easy way out of doing labour-intensive work – and patently dismissed it. Well, I've become a believer," the writer said.

To begin with, the detailer used various car waxes and car polishes to get rid of the grainy texture, but found that clay bars were just the ticket.

According to Auto Express, professionals always use clay bars when applying long-lasting paint protection and it is these items which help them achieve that stunning limousine shine craved by so many driving enthusiasts.

Among the contaminants they can remove are tar, tree sap, oxidation and bird droppings.

Posted by Simone Williams

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