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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autoglym Detailing Clay Kit,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)The main purpose of claying a car is to remove microscopic contaminants from the paintwork which is helpful for when correcting paintwork with compounds/polishes and also beneficial when protecting paintwork with waxes/sealants but crucially it is also one of the most effective ways of making your paintwork look that extra bit better. When I initially purchased this I wasn't really into detailing, I bought it because I had little spots of paint from a fence sprayer all over my car, I tried using the strongest thing I had that is appropriate for paintwork (intensive tar remover) but I still had to scrub like crazy at each little spot. This stuff though did the job far more efficiently and left the paintwork incredibly smooth and was the key thing which really got me into detailing.
As you work the clay across even seemingly spotless paintwork at first you can feel a drag caused by the microscopic particles bonded to the paintwork then after a few light strokes it goes much smoother as it picks up all the particles, then when you look at the clay you can see the astonishing amount of contamination it picks up, also when you rub your hand across the area that has been clayed then an area that hasn't you can feel and hear the difference.
I split the clay into 3 equal parts which gives you 3 pads about the size Autoglym suggests so there is enough clay to do 3 car's (assuming you don't drop any on the floor in which case you must throw it away). You could split it into 2 parts or not split it up at all which might speed up the process a bit. You do have to make sure you use a fair bit of the detailing spray to keep the clay lubricated so I would recommend to try avoid claying in hot conditions especially if you have a dark coloured car as it will obviously evaporate much quicker so you'll go through much more of the detailing spray and makes the process slightly more awkward. You also want to avoid claying in too cold conditions as you have to fold and knead the clay often so you always have a clean surface of clay and in cold conditions the clay becomes firmer and more difficult to work with.
It is quite time consuming so it's not a job you undertake lightly, you have to also take into account that once you have completed claying you should make sure you get a layer of protection on straight away (a small bottle of Super Resin Polish is included) to help protect from fresh contaminants bonding to the paint. Also if you have a lot of tar spots on the paint it is good idea to remove them with a tar remover (not included) prior to claying, the clay can remove tar spots but it is a bit of a struggle and it will almost certainly mar the paint so it's safer and easier to just get rid of as much tar as possible with a tar remover first.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't Clay'd your car before - I say DO IT>,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)Haven't Clay'd your car before - I say DO IT>....
It's not often I run back to my Desktop to write an amazon review on a product I have only just got, But this product has got to be one of the most satisfying purchases I have made in the past 12 months. It's brilliant and it contains everything you need for the event.
Now, I'm no professional enthusiast but it's obvious this does what is says on the tin. I had been watching some car detailing videos on You Tube and came across the concept of Clay'ing a car. It seemed quite straight forward but I wasn't sure what size clay bar I needed or how much detailing spray etc etc, so I decided to go for a 'kit'. Some reviewers had claimed that there was not enough detailing solution in this kit for a family sized car, I am happy to disagree. I Have a large 4 x 4 Cayenne (BLACK), and I'm happy to say I was able to complete the whole process without worry. There is plenty to do a great job and have 10% left to show your friends what an amazing product this is. The advise is to split the Bar into three, so you can discard when you have exhausted the piece and to cover you in case you drop it. This is great advice, as When I did the front nose of the car, I noticed allot of debris from the Bumper side. To avoid scratching my body paint I immediately started with a new piece. At the very last point I dropped my 3rd piece, luck I was done.
I followed with the super resin polish (supplied) and my car looks (& feels ) fab.
Although this is the 1st Clay bar I have used, I recommend this AutoGlym product without hesitation.
PS. Use in a shaded area/garage, as the detailer can evaporate quickly.
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)Firstly, let's assume that you already want to spend a fair amount of time making your car look amazing. This is not for your average (normal?) person who gets out the sponge and the turtlewax on a Sunday and gives the motor a half hour wash n' rinse.
I've tried a lot of Autoglym stuff on my Candy White Scirocco and I've usually had good results, so I decided to go with the same tried and tested brand for my first shot at the claying process. Doubtless, there are many more specialist options that you could go with (Dodo Juice etc.) for fairly comparable prices, but this has the benefit of having everything you need in one box.
The process is not difficult, but it is fairly time consuming. After washing the car (Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner 500ml. with a lambswool washmitt, followed by drying with an Autoglym Aqua Dry), you spray on the lube to a small section - like quarter of a bonnet for example - and gently rub the clay over the surface. The effect is noticeable, and fairly instant. A panel that you thought was fairly clean becomes stunningly smooth to the touch, and all the invisible road film, tree sap etc. is gone.
Some sections need more work than others; the lower parts of the front doors on my car were covered in tar spots and these took a bit longer to come off. After doing each section, the supplied microfibre cloth makes a great job of removing the overspray and shines to a decent finish.
The kit also contains a small (100ml) bottle of Super Resin Polish. This a worthwhile extra stage, and takes much less time than the claying itself.
All in all, the kit is decent value. I used perhaps half of the lube spray, and maybe half to a third of the actual clay. The polish is only a small bottle and will just about stretch to doing a whole car.
That may sound like you won't get much use out of the kit, but unless you're ultra-obsessive, I can't see anyone wanting to clay their car more than about once every six months. I might do it a couple more time over the 4 years that I'll have the car, and it would also give a great 'as new' look if you were wanting to sell privately for example.
It's a wee bit fiddly and time consuming, but the results are totally worth it.
Oh, and DON'T DROP THE CLAY!! It's very easy to do, trust me...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier than you think,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)Lots of people reckon this is a 'specialist' job. It's not. It does however give you professional results at a fraction of the cost. Also lots of comments about how much spray they use. True the paint must be lubed but does not have to be detailer spray.
Wash you car as normal. Use your preferred method.
Rinse your car with clean water to remove any trace of soap.
Use a third of a clay bar and flatten out. With clean water and soap in a bucket dunk your clay in the bucket and proceed to rub your paint in straight lines.
Use detail spray and your fresh soapy water to keep lubricated.
Do all paint and glass and rinse with fresh water once again.
Dry your car and smile at how silky smooth it is - genuinely better than a brand new car.... I know because I've clayed a new car!
Polish and or wax then take lots of pictures and post on Facebook etc invite the neighbours round for a feel they will think you've had a pro detail done.
Do not be intimidated by clay just keep car wet and if you drop the clay throw it away... You genuinely will not pick out all the rocks and dirt and you will scratch your paint.
I do a lot of miles and 6 monthly claying takes about 30minutes. First time will take longer. Awesome product.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars over spray,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)i had been trying to find a product that would remove the overspray from my wifes car after it was parked near a car that was being painted white and her nice metalic blue car had spray drops on most panels including the roof , i tried lots of different things with no luck , then i spotted this product on amazon so i thought i would give it a go . the end result was fantastic . it took a fair while to get the results required but with determination she now has a car that is showroom shiny . i also used it to remove tar splashes on my vw bus .
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeptic converted,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)Brilliant stuff! I wasn't sure of what to make of this little tin of, as others have described it, blu-tacesque stuff. But after a proper wash and shammy was sure it wouldn't make one jot of difference. But was totally wrong!
To apply this right, it takes a long time including all the prep and the waxing afterwards, but IMHO well worth it. As has been mentioned, use Plenty of the detailer, I did on a 911 and still have half a bottle left and about 2/3rds of the clay (detailer isn't overly expensive and is a great product in its own right)
Just before I continue,I'm not sure you can "See" a difference but you can feel the difference when you touch the paintwork. Slap a dose of High Def wax on afterwards and everything is shiny and slippery
Sadly Wife now thinks I'm ready for some kind of medical assistance as can't stop stroking the car... actually She's probably right
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)I have a white GTR and I commute daily to work, and with this I my motor collects dirt on the bumper and the bonet. Most of this dirt is very stubborn especally as there was a new road laid recently. Therefore with idiot drivers on the road who speed to work, flick up large amounts of debris. I thought that washing the car would have removed the stubborn patches, but unfortunately with a white car, black marks become very noticeable! I knew about this clay bar stuff but I never really believe in it as i didnt have as many stubborn stains, so I decieded to order this kit and upon using it, the car has come up as good as new! Removed all the dirt and grime, so it was totally worth it and for £18 total bargin!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe The Hype...,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)If you're reading this, you're probably weighing up whether a lump of blu-tac and assorted samples from the Autoglym range are really worth twenty of your hard-earned pounds? Well, let me save you the time and soul-searching, because this is the best £20 you will ever spend on your car. Just buy it. Don't think any more about it, just buy it right now.
I though I kept a clean car. I thought I had my technique down. I though I was the master detailer, walking that fine line between conscientious and obsessive. Then I tried clay...
We all love a clean car, and I keep mine in pretty good shape. I've tried dozens of products in the last 30+ years, but baulked at the price of these clay kits, thinking their claims were all hype. Anyway, I stuck it on my Christmas list and waited for Santa to respond.
I managed to hold back until Boxing Day, but the shiny box of cleaning goodies was just too much to resist, so I wrapped up and ventured out, leaving behind the warm glow of the Christmas tree, and the heady aroma of chocolate orange, sherry and "Eat Me" dates, to emerge, blinking into the crisp Winter light. My MX-5 was already clean, so I set about a quick trial on the rear quarter panel. I pulled off a small lump (it really is like blu-tac!), worked it until soft and fashioned it into a disc about the size of a thick 2p piece. I followed the instructions and finshed the panel in less than 2 minutes.
What followed is quite possibly the closest I have come to a religious experience. Running my finger tips over the deep gloss off the cold, glassy metal caused an involuntary slack-jawed, gorming, accompanied by a long, low moan that evoked a look of concerned pity from the elderly couple out walking their dog. I was so impressed that I broke out the bucket and hose and washed, clayed, polished and waxed the whole car. The end result is outstanding; cleaner and shinier than I ever imagined, with a shine that lasts for weeks with just a weekly wash (using Autoglym Shampoo) and dry, plus a spritz of detailer if you have time.
Here's some tips: keep working the clay so it stays supple (especially in cold weather). Use a small amount at a time - you won't feel so bad throwing it away when you (inevitably) drop it!. Work lightly over the panel in straight lines until you stop hearing the "ticking" sound of deposits being lifted off the surface of the paint. Fold the bits into the clay as you go and start a new piece when you can no longer expose a clean surface. You don't need to go mad with the lubricant; this is just a way of making you buy more! Use just enough to allow the clay to glide freely (and spray directly on to the clay, too). Use a seperate sray to shift bugs and tar spots in Summer months prior to claying - it'll be quicker and cheaper in the long run. Don't forget that clay alone will not remove scratches in paint, you'll need polish for that (and Autoglym Super Resin is superb) and then you need to seal it with wax.
Thanks for the usual Amazon efficiency and price that's at least a fiver cheaper than your local orange & black store.
Have you bought it yet?...
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay kit,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)The product really brought the finish to a new look (my car is 5 yrs old,Jaguar). It gets rid of surface debris and minor scratches to leave a smooth finish. The clay is a bit fiddly to use, and you think you may scratch the paintwork by using it but provided you follow the instructions, use the spray lubricant liberally and check the clay for dirt and use a new surface when there is even a bit of dirt on the old surface then you should have no problems.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I try this sooner?,
This review is from: Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit (5 Pieces) (Automotive)Why didn't I try this sooner?
Before I get into the long answer, I should warn you it's quite long and rambles a bit in places, so the short review is, Try this stuff. Watch some of the videos on YouTube and try it you won't feel let down.
So, on with the review.
The answer is quite simple, I hadn't even heard of 'claying' a car until a few weeks ago and I've spent alot of time getting polish out from under my fingernails. The first time I heard it I thought it had something to do with the way car designers make clay models of prototypes. After all, what possible good can come from rubbing a piece of clay with the physical attributes of a piece of white-tack, (yes, I know you can still buy blue-tack, but this stuff actually looks and feels like white-tack and I'm writing this review,) over your cars paintwork?
I guess it's a lot like sandpaper. Just follow me on this for a little OK?
Sandpaper starts out at around 80 grit and is very very rough, then you get into finer and finer grades. As you move into the realms of 800 grit you start to find wet and dry papers. Use this stuff dry and it's wrecked really quickly, but used wet it not only lasts longer, it becomes more effective. Moving on through 1200, 1500 and up to 2000 grit, these grades are so fine that a dry hand towel is more abrasive. The advantage of 1500 and 2000 grit is that they are controlled, tight pattern abrasives. Used properly they can be used to smooth out stone chips and other 'minor' snags. Used carelessly and they can remove paint and leave your cars finish looking very very dull and hazy so be warned.
That's where this idea of 'claying' comes in. It has such an ultra fine abrasive effect it crosses the boundary between the cleaning and polishing processes.
This is the first claying product I have tried but I don't think it will be last. This is a little more expensive than the Turtlewax version and only a little less expensive than some of it's competitors. On saying that, it does have enough of everything you will need to do a medium sized family saloon with a bit left over. Just remember to split your clay into THREE parts and put the bits you are not using back into the tin. If it hits the floor put it in the bin and start with a new piece.
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