G3 Clay Mitt - Wow

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by mpc, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. mpc

    mpc Active Member

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    I bought a G3 clay mitt this afternoon and got to using on my car straight away. Wow, this thing is like magic, it works effortlessly and my car bodywork is like glass. So much easier to use than a clay bar.
    Would highly recommend....
     
  2. chrisk2010

    chrisk2010 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    "G3 Clay Mitt - Wow"

    I know right ;)


    I left mine at my dads when i detailed his car :(
     
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  3. Haz750

    Haz750 New Member

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    MPC, you're not the only one who has raved about this mitt. My Bro In-Law used it on his golf recently and I have to say it left a great finish. Will be picking mine up this week and weather permitting will give it a go.
     
  4. Image2000uk

    Image2000uk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Just remember to clay the glass on first use to break them in or you will get a marring on the paint
     
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    John N Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Could you expand on this please?
     
  6. ShaunB

    ShaunB Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Clean your windscreen with it first, I'm not so sure its that essential though.
     
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  7. Image2000uk

    Image2000uk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    John
    It's a tip picked up off a well known detailing site that when using artificial clay, you need to break them in to remove the sharp to the paint edges off the pad. I did all the glass with mine to break it in. If you don't you finish up with a cloudy paint which is marring and then have to go round the whole car again with either a compound or polish to remove the cloudiness.
    Another point is don't use any pressure on the pad and let the pad do the work I tend to use the soap solution I use to wash the car as a lubricant in a spray bottle and spray with one hand and pad in the other.
     
  8. Smart320

    Smart320 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks for that tip, have a clay mitt I am planning to use on my black ML , sounds like you have just saved me from a lot of head scratching and extra work
     
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    Is this just for removing contaminants? I use 2 buckets and a wool mitt and meguiars gold glass products, but find I can get a really good finish without having to resorting to clay - would this make it even better/longer lasting? Is there any risk of damaging paint if not sure how to use properly?
     
  10. Image2000uk

    Image2000uk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The Clay Mitt everyone is talking about on this thread is taking the finish you have to another level and removing contaminants In the paint which regular washing will not remove. Once paint has been clayed it will feel like clean glass and no lumps and bumps. One trick is to do a bag test on the paint. Get a thin plastic bag like a small freezer bag or similar put your hand in the bag and run your hand over the paint after you have washed the car. All the bumps you feel are contaminants stuck in the paint which the Clay mitt will remove.

    Using the mitt is very easy just break it in on the glass of the car I use the wash water when I washing the car and tip some into a plant sprayer and then work my way round the car doing a panel at a time, as said in my previous post do not put any pressure on the pad just the weight of the pad.
    Make sure you keep the pad wet I dump it in the bucket after every panel for 2 reasons one to wash all the contaminants off the pad and the other to keep the lubrication going. (Can't have enough lube). .. Ooer
    Just keep going over the same spot and listen you will hear a sandpaper like sound which will go once you have removed all contaminants, then move on to the next area spraying as you go.
     
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  11. Haz750

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    So I used this mitt the other day and I have to say, it is brilliant. The paintwork has never felt so smooth.
    Just to recap what the others have said:
    1.) When first using the product use it on your windscreen and windows to help soften the clay on the Mitt
    2.) I washed my car using 2 bucket method and whilst the car was wet used the Mitt. I used Farclea G3 body prep shampoo as lubricant and that worked pretty well
    3.) Use it one panel at a time with little to no pressure. AGAIN USE WITH LITTLE TO NO PRESSURE, let the mitt do the work for you
    5.)also it is very disconcerting when you first use it as you hear lots 'scratching' which disappears as the mitt gets rid of the contaminants.
    6.) Make sure you stay lubricated the whole time (insert giggle at innuendo here)
    7.) It is a huge time saver, was done with my car in 30 mins.

    Worth it, I would recommend it.
     
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  12. chrisk2010

    chrisk2010 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    They are great I picked up another one yesterday to avoid watching "the wedding" so I conceded and I'm detailing the enemies car :rolleyes: I told her the alloys are bad and needed AF iron out, claying, polishing, glazing, waxing, sealing, and would you know ! I'm out of tyre shine :wallbash: better take a trip into town in the morning
     
  13. David404

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    YES it would make a difference.

    I use a G3 fab product. Just mix up a bucket of fresh but weak car wash to use as lube. Dunk G3 in and use like a wash mitt BUT no pressure on the clay mitt, just let it glide over the paint under little then its own weight. You Will feel the paint get smoother.
     
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    exvolvoman Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I bought one a few weeks ago, found it easier that a clay bar, also worth considering is G3 Super Gloss Paste Wax, (£27 from Halfords)
     
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    I had to buy a replacement for mine, as I put it back into its bag wet, and the next time I used it, it just deposited what I can only describe as grey gum on the paintwork, regardless of how much lube I used.

    Now I hang it to dry completely before putting it away, and not had any problems.
     
  16. blademansw

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    Absolutely marvelous things. I've been using one since I got my C-Class. Shocking how bad the paint was on my wife's brand new Corsa though!
     
  17. bazzabear

    bazzabear Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The biggest problem I have with the clay mitt I bought is getting addicted to running my fingers over the resultant paintwork. It's as smooth as glass!

    The word 'sensual' popped into my head, and now I'm afraid I might have a problem...
     
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  18. blademansw

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    I see no issue here

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  20. Toobad

    Toobad Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Yup, that's the clay mitt. I guess it has become very popular through its availability at Halfrauds. Not all clay mitts are created equal and this one is definitely more consumer orientated but does the job well enough. Beware the Chinese knock-off that abound on eBay. Remember the old adage - buy cheap, buy twice. If you are prepared to spend just a little more I'd steer you to these which have been developed more with the bodyshop in mind:

    Clay Mitt - Blue Fine Grade - Clean Your Car

    or

    A Clay Mitt Solar Grey 22cm x 15cm
     

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