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how is a clay bar used? I heard a lot about them. Thanks
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The clay bar gets out dirt and other degree that is stuck to the vehicle that you can't get out by just washing and waxing. It makes the surface feel as smooth as glass, and may even help the reflection a bit.

If you get the Mother's kit, it comes with the clay bar, Mother's Showtime detailing spray, and Mother's Cleaner Wax.

First you wax the vehicle with the cleaner wax to get out some of the dirt on the paint. Next you take the Showtime and spray it on the area of the vehicle you're going to work. You rub the clay bar on that surface (always keeping it moist) until it feels nice and smooth. From time to time you bend the clay bar in half time to time so that it can absorb more dirt.

Thats about it. I did it to my truck and my mother's car not too long ago, the difference in the paint afterwards was incredible.
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winks got it perfect. One of the best products available and they last forever almost.
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I swear by mine.

Meguires is the only one I use though, I'm partial I guess
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I used both mothers and meguires clay bar kits and they both work really well. You will be amazed at the amount of crap that you can pull from the paint.
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Cleaner wax is for after the clay bar. The first thing you should do is wash your vehicle thoroughly with Dawn dish soap to remove any wax, grease, and oil from your paint. The point of the clay bar is to remove the harmful overspray from your paint, waxing before runs the risk of scratching your truck. remember that you must apply wax after using the bar because there will be NO protection on your paint..
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Cleaner wax is for after the clay bar. The first thing you should do is wash your vehicle thoroughly with Dawn dish soap to remove any wax, grease, and oil from your paint. The point of the clay bar is to remove the harmful overspray from your paint, waxing before runs the risk of scratching your truck. remember that you must apply wax after using the bar because there will be NO protection on your paint..
Thats how I do it...

wash with detergent
dry completely
claybar
wax with cleaner wax
buff out (sometimes)
after 24hrs wax again with regular meguires wax

It's called the "24 hour wax" that method taht I use...
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Clay bars are easy to use and an essential tool of the professional or enthusiasts. Clay bars remove contaminants from many types of finishes and leave a smooth and easy to maintain surface. Use them on paint, glass, plastic, chrome, aluminum and many other surfaces. They remove over-spray, sap, tar and rail dust as well as minerals left from rain (acid rain).
We use an Elastic Clay bar that is easy to use and reduces the chance of inducing scratches while removing contaminants. It's easy to knead and is very long lasting.
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thanks for the help and info. I'll prolly buy one later this week. I have the whole weekend off from work.
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They work great, I use on mine about twice a year before I wax using the steps mentioned above.
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