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    I have always heard about this clay bar stuff, but just thought something such as this may be overkill and only good for a car with poor paint. But I picked up a Meguiars clay bar package the other day (2 clay bars, lube and microfiber) and decided to experiment on my wifes 1985 MBZ 300...ha ha, she don't know. Although the paint and finish looks excellent already, I did have a grit feeling while running my palm across the paint, and that is even after a good polishing and waxing. So I snuck outside and tried it on her car, and man this is like miracle stuff. Finish went from a gritty surface to baby butt smooth (or Asian 18y/o massage parlor butt smooth some tell me). The clay bar was good size, about the size of a deck of cards. Just glide it over lightly with the lube and I finished the top surfaces in about 15 min, then wax. Here are a couple photos below. Of course photos don't really do justice regarding finish, but I tell ya the finish is like a mirror in seeing reflections.

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    Nice, claying really does a difference.
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    You don't need to use the whole bar. Break off a piece about 1/4 of the bar and warm it up in your palms.

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    That W123 looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bustanut View Post
    You don't need to use the whole bar. Break off a piece about 1/4 of the bar and warm it up in your palms.
    Well, it really does depend on the amount of pollutants on your paint. The first time I had ever claybarred the STI I had to use the entire bar, because I had an incredible amount of pollutants. The Evo, on the other hand, had been resprayed so many times that I got away with using about 1/3 of the bar.

    @OP Paint looks good, but I think you should hit it with at least 1 stage of polish / deswirler, too. It'll take that paint to a whole new level. Either way, that paint looks amazing for its age.
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    I was shocked as well the first time I clay barred. It really produces some awesome results!

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    Claybars are great for what they do. They remove foreign contaminants from the surface of the paint, making it smooth and allowing your polishes and waxes to do their job better. Don't be fooled into thinking they will do anything more than that though. A clay bar will not remove scratches, water spots, or spiderwebbing (light scratches cause by washing and wiping). I've been detailing cars professionally at a very high level for 30+ years. Your clay bar can be used quite a few times before tossing it, just don't drop it on the ground or set it somewhere that it can be contaminated with sand, grit, or similar. I prefer the Clay Magic blue (fine) bar. Use it fold it back on itself and squish it around a bit, use it some more, fold, squish, you get the idea. Heavier duty bars, like Clay Magic red bars, will mark the paint up with some very light scratching, but if the car is heavily contaminated, and you are planning to do a good polish or complete paint correction after the clay work, it's not a huge deal and it will get the contaminants off a lot faster than the finer grade clays. I don't use anything but fine grade clay myself, but I'm also not usually working on cars that need extreme amounts of clay work.
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    Yes, I probably need to clay, then polish & wax. I was so impressed that I just clayed and waxed. But on a cream color car maybe that's why it looked so good alone, verses a real dark car.
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    Wow! What a beautiful finish. Glad it worked out!

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    very nice reflection, clay bar is great stuff!
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