Claybar does the impossible

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  1. nabeshin

    nabeshin New Member

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    Ok, this is cool. I thought my holies were pitted from having brake dust on them too long. They have been 'pitted' for more than 5 or 6 years.

    Washed my car today and got to claying. Then I just tried a bit on the wheels. It took all the 'pitting' away. No amount of car soap or wheel cleaner had ever done anything to these spots.

    My steels didn't have a clear coat, so I never clayed those, and these holies use to be my winter wheels and I only washed them when they were off the car at the end of the season. I used to use a wheel cleaner and a sponge on them.

    Today, I was only able to clay one of the wheels, I'll have to get the others tomorrow - day 2 of my detailing (interior, windows, and BW the trim.
     
  2. kensan

    kensan New Member

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    Sounds great! :D

    Yah, a lot of times what appears to be pitting on the wheels is just tar.
     
  3. mini_racer

    mini_racer Well-Known Member

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    You should also be able to feel whether the blemish is indented, as with a pit, or on top of the surface, as with tar, etc. I'll have to admit though, sometimes it is difficult to tell, especially if the spot is really small.

    Congrats on the detailing success. I too have been amazed more than once in the past few years of what a clay bar can do. A definite 'must have' in your detailing arsenal.
     
  4. lotsie

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    nabeshin, what did you use for lube? I have found soapy water works good when claying wheels.

    Mark
     
  5. nabeshin

    nabeshin New Member

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    #5 nabeshin, Jul 3, 2009
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    I used the spray that came with the claybar, it says 'clay lube' on it. I got the cheap claybar from autozone.

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  6. Steve

    Steve Administrator
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    "Soapy" is a rather relative term. Do you have a favorite ratio or does it not matter? My SSR Cs need some love.....
     
  7. BlimeyCabrio

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    That Clay Magic clay kit works just fine - I've used it before.
     
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    +1 on the claybars...but Im gonna have to try it on my winter rims...see whether or not they remove the yellow tinge they seem to have developed.
     
  9. lotsie

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    I use twice as much car wash soap for claying, then I use in my regular washing mix. The soap I'm using now is Turtle wax Ice, which for washing is mixed 1oz soap-1 gallon water.

    Mark
     
  10. Thumper460

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    Agreed... clay bar rocks!! My MINI is in the garage... but there are times in Fl, when you HAVE to get some shade when out side, the the good ole Fla Pine is bad news!! Along with the Oaks/ Sycamore.. blah blah..

    The wifes 330i was ruff... after a bit of clay bar.. it is as smooth as glass It takes no longer than to give a good wash!!

    Just a thought..

    Thumper
     

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