Detailing spray and clay bar

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  1. Howard

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    Hi all ,

    I have just bought a Sonus Ultra Fine Clay Bar , but when i try to use it on the car , it sticks to it ! :crazy:

    Apparently i need a ' detailing lube/spray ' ....

    What am i looking for ?

    Cheers

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    washing up liquid and water
     
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    I was always told never to put washing up liquid anywhere near my paintwork :crazy:
     
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    Use car shampoo and water or even a bit of liquid car wax and water. Anything that makes the clay glide will do.
     
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    Just like you when claying the A class, hey.?;)
     
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    Washing up liquid will strip the paint of any wax - which is what the clay bar is doing anyway, but will offer some protection from the abrasion of the clay, and the debris it carries.

    Don't use the clay bar without lube - it will damage your paint.

    The Sonus clay bar has a fairly mild (ie not too abrasive compound) but it could still damage the paint.
     
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    Idea: If you can't wait to get some 'proper stuff', mix some car shampoo with water and put it in a spray bottle to make it easy to apply.

    Don't dip it in the water/shampoo as it will make the too wet and you'll end up dropping it on the floor - which writes it off.
     
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    I use Meguairs Detailing spray as lube for my clay bar. Comes in a red spray bottle. :)
     
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    washing up liquid is fine as you are going to repolish anyway
     
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    I think you're suffering from OCD..
     
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    Re-wax. Polish takes layers off, wax adds layers on.;)
     
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    Just don't use clay full stop, the professionals don't. Natural paint cleanser is the way forward look at www.thepolishingcompany.co.uk check out my CLK in the forum gallery done with their products, used clay on my last BMW worst product I ever used (Mequires brand) never again
     
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    Totally agree :)
     
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    I think you'll find they do.
     
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    The link above is duff - goes to one of those awful sites with links to other places!!

    Maybe this is correct link? http://www.thepolishingcompany.com/
     
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    Apologies your link is correct got my .com's and . uk's mixed up again, a lot of professionals I know advice against clay depending on paint type, age and condition although I do acknowledge other detailers swear by it, just my experience has been very negative, but apparently Subaru paint responds extremely well to clay prep?
     
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    Clay isn't meant to be used regularly, it's a surface contaminate cleaner designed to be used annually or half annually before polishing.
    Any marring should be taken care of by the polish used next.
     

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