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Has anyone used Clay

Being a sceptical and tight fisted yorkshireman, I can't help feeling that a clay bar isn't just a bar of normal hand soap in disguise.

Has anyone on here used clay and could categorically state that it's totally different to a normal bar of soap.

£10.00 for what could potentially be a bar of Dove without the smell is a bit steep, and i'm not sure i could put may faith in the £2.00 bars coming out of Hong Kong.
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Totally worth it, even @blu73 and @Andy Monty who are both tight fisted Yorkshiremen would agree. I'm a Scot living in Yorkshire so doubly tight fisted and I love the stuff
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1000% worth it.

I and @Andy Monty recommend Bilt Hamber clay and it's perfect!

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Clay is in no way a bar of soap!

Defo worth getting!
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Re: Has anyone used Clay

I was also a sceptic until i tried it, its amazing what your paint work feels like before and after! As said the Bilt-Hamber stuff is top notch, only needs water as a lubricant (so you can stay a little tight)
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Might have to trust your better judgement then and buy a blob.
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Re: Has anyone used Clay

This time of year order bh soft
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its more like blue tack than soap, you dont just rub the bar on, you work in in your hands till its soft first. best have a lok at a few you tube vids of car claying if you have never seen or used it before
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This time of year order bh soft
why would the time of year make a difference ?
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why would the time of year make a difference ?
Bodywork temperature

Colder it is, the harder the clay will be.
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Re: Has anyone used Clay

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why would the time of year make a difference ?
As Jon above says the time of year plays a factor in the pliability of clay

I used their medium clay yesterday and had to warm it up every section in a bucket of hot water to make it usable (i had no soft left)


One thing i will stress that to minimise any risk of paint work damage that a thorough decontamination of the car should be carried out first

yesterday i washed the car well using a strong car wash shampoo

then quickly dried the car to get most of the water off....

then used a fall out remover (this time i used Bilt Hamber Korrosol)

pressure washer rinsed then dab dry again

treated the lower sections with Tar remover to remove tar splats

then washed again using car shampoo

only then did i get the clay out....



then polished / paint cleanser

then a sealent / wax

so yesterday i used
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http://www.bilthamber.com/clay-bars/auto-clay-soft

i then used a paint cleanser as my car was machine polished earlier this year

http://www.bilthamber.com/wax-and-po...cleanser-fluid

then wax

http://www.bilthamber.com/wax-and-polishes/finis-wax
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Clay bars are genius. Paint work feels smooth as eff afterwards. I use meguirs clay, works great for me. You only need to clay maybe twice a year, 3 times tops.
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10-20 seconds in a microwave softens clay

20 degrees here yesterday though, i wouldn't call that cold
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Re: Has anyone used Clay

260miles north and it was 10*c.. amazing the difference a small amount of mileage makes lol.

And as said already it's nothing like soap..... Use a bar of soap and your going to end up with tarnished paint eventually.
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Re: Has anyone used Clay

If you want to be proper tightfisted your better off with a scrub cloth. lasts a hell of a lot longer than clay will.
Being properly tightfisted is about VFM not lowest initial purchase.
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