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I almost bought a claybar kit to do my truck but is the small matchbox size 80 gram claybar the mothers kit comes with enough to do a whole Titan? anyone know where I can get a bigger bar?
 

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I used that kit as well. It worked but it would have been nice to have a larger piece of clay.
 

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Go to a detail shop, get a real clay bar and just use water rather than some special spray. It would take forever to clay a truck with a matchbook size clay bar!!!!! Just keep the bar moist when you store it and you can use it again and again and again....
 

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Question for those who reuse the clay bars after. How do you clean off the clay bar after use or in between applications? The claybar is supposed to pick up the the tar and stuff that could eventually cause more scratches on your paint if it gets picked up by the clay bar and you're dragging it across your paint.
 

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I use the Zaino clay bars. They come two to a jar and one is big enough to do my whole truck (it kinda depends on how much big stuff is on the paint as to how long any clay bar lasts). I use a spray bottle of water with a small amount of car wash soap in it as the lubricant and that works fine. I knead the clay bar every once in a while to expose relatively unused clay and have no problems with it scratching the paint. I throw it away after one car or if I were to drop it on the ground.
 

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i just did a few little spots on my truck today that a co-worker brought in (yeah the mustang guy) and it worked pretty well. it was the mothers kit with the large bars included.

he was just showing me what it could do, i pealed off the dealer sticker on my tailgate so we cleaned that off first. then we tackled the scratches on my bed box.. didn't really take that off.. we then tackled some black **** that is on my fender behind my front wheels, that wasn't so easy either, might be tar... ugh. time to detail before winter!
 

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FourDoor said:
Question for those who reuse the clay bars after. How do you clean off the clay bar after use or in between applications? The claybar is supposed to pick up the the tar and stuff that could eventually cause more scratches on your paint if it gets picked up by the clay bar and you're dragging it across your paint.
Best bet is to go to your local detail shop, they can answer all your questions. But, here's my experience with clay...

My buddy used to detail cars and his clay would last for months and months, maybe even years!!!!!! You just keep kneading the clay, stretch it and fold it and just use a hose with a little water every so often to wash the clay and to wet the paint and rinse the vehicle, no special spray or soap is needed. I've used it for all my vehicles and have used the same clay bar for about six years now. By the way, make sure to wash the car very good before claying, obviously you don't want dirt on the surface. Oh and another thing, the clay is probably the most effective for fallout removal. It also removes light surface scratches and you'd be amazed how easily overspray is removed!!!! You can use it on your windows and rubber and plastic trim too, but again, make sure it is nice and wet!!!!
 

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jbennett said:
Best bet is to go to your local detail shop, they can answer all your questions. But, here's my experience with clay...

My buddy used to detail cars and his clay would last for months and months, maybe even years!!!!!! You just keep kneading the clay, stretch it and fold it and just use a hose with a little water every so often to wash the clay and to wet the paint and rinse the vehicle, no special spray or soap is needed. I've used it for all my vehicles and have used the same clay bar for about six years now. By the way, make sure to wash the car very good before claying, obviously you don't want dirt on the surface. Oh and another thing, the clay is probably the most effective for fallout removal. It also removes light surface scratches and you'd be amazed how easily overspray is removed!!!! You can use it on your windows and rubber and plastic trim too, but again, make sure it is nice and wet!!!!

Great info to know...Thanks jbennett. Now I am going to have to make it downm to my local detail shop and pick up a clay bar. I have never used it before, so it will be a first for me.:blueblob:
 

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You don't need a big bar for your needs (its not like you are doing multiple cars per day, like a pro!).... pick out clay that is dirty and pick out the bugs, etc. its easy to tell when its dirty... you can flatten it out too...

when it falls apart (meaning the clay is holding too many contaminents), its time to replace. You will know. I store mine in saran wrap in the garage-- never had a problem with drying out, even though the saran wrap isn't tight... It will last a long time if you clean your car first... I've used old clay on my rims.

Looks like you have another topic you started on this same subject:
http://www.titantalk.com/forums/titan-general-discussion/62594-clay-bar-something-i-can-handle.html

Another thread:
http://www.titantalk.com/forums/titan-general-discussion/62528-truck-wax-polish.html
 

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Don't forget to have a spray bottle with you. Fill it 3/4 up with water and 1/4 carwash soap. This will act as a lubricant and help the bar slide. Every couple of strokes, knead the claybar to get a "fresh" surface. This will help it to pick up more contamination. The claybar should't be used to try to pick up tar. That is not what it's designed for. It should be used to pick up the things left behind from de-taring and washing. Fallout and tree sap and any leftover bug crunchies are things the claybar helps with...be gentle and "feel the bar"...good luck.
 

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that's way too much soap... although it will work... just a couple drops is all you need. Use Dawn-- it will strip existing waxes. Carwash soap generally keeps existing waxes...
 

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Fineally tackled the project over the weekend thanks for the advice fellas. what a major difference over just waxing alone!
 
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