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Slipstream - July 2017

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

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Detailing Tips: Clay Bar vs Surface Prep Mitt By Tony “Concorso” Images courtesy of the Author n the course of daily I business I get a variety of car care questions about the best ways to go about washing, drying, and general prep for waxing, sealing or the latest in coating applications. This month’s tip is based on the car already being washed and dried properly, and being ready to remove more deeply embedded matter. One of the universal steps in paint surface prep is claying. This process removes embedded debris and particulate from the paint surface, leaving a smooth, clean result ready for further treatment. Traditionally, we’ve always used clay bars to remove those contaminants, but it’s proved to be a bit of a mess. You’re always having to re-knead the clay so you can have a clean section, and if you drop the bar, forget it; you’ll have to toss it and buy another. In recent years, advancements in the technology brought us the surface prep (clay) mitt as an alternative to traditional clay bar use. One primary difference is that clay comes in a jar and the mitt is worn like a glove. Quite a number of manufacturers offer claying products of both types and are of generally good quality. Brands such as Eagle One, Nanoskin, Griots, and Chemical Guys are all widely available. Surface prep mitts are widely available To use clay, the product needs to be hand warmed and softened. It’s important to note that using cold hard clay can mar the paint significantly. Press the clay out in a pad fashion in your palm. Now, using your favorite instant detailer, spray the painted surface liberally, as well as the clay in your hand, and begin cleaning, using a short backand-forth motion with little or no pressure. Wipe clean with a clean microfiber towel. Repeat the process until complete. Surface prep (clay) mitts make the claying process go much more quickly with good quality results The new clay mitts are a little easier to use and cover much more surface in the same time. Simply put the mitt on your hand, spray the painted surface and the mitt with instant detailer, and start cleaning. A quick note: clay mitts come in fine, medium, and coarse varieties. Fine and medium have been very effective for me and are typically what you would use for normal surface contaminants. The mitt offers protection for your hand as well. Cleaning around trim and other sharp parts of the car can make for a painful experience with clay if you’re not careful. Now for the distinguishing advantages and disadvantages. Clay is roughly $20 for a 16 to 20 ounce jar. A clay mitt runs about $45. A jar of clay can do five to ten cars, depending on how contaminated the paint is. A mitt can do 20 to 30 cars, again, depending on condition of the paint. I’ve found clay for as low as $10.00 on special discounts and mitts for $15.00. The point is to keep an eye out so you can save a little money. Most all of the auto parts stores have some variety of clay in stock. Mitts can be a little tougher to find, but are generally available, especially online. Again, a huge distinction between the two is during the claying process, should you happen to drop the clay on the floor, you’re done with that portion of clay. You must throw it away or risk further marring of the paint with the debris picked up from the floor. It happens all the time. Clay mitts however, are forgiving. Drop the mitt, no problem. Simply wash the mitt with a little soap and water, rinse, and you’re back to work. In the final analysis, both products have their merits, but the speed of application and cleanability of the clay mitt make it my current choice for daily work. A quick side bar for consideration in all aspects of cleaning your car: safety. I recommend wearing gloves, either nitrile or latex, as well as eye protection. Though most products are environmentally-friendly, that does not mean they won’t dry out your skin or burn like the devil, should they get in your eyes -- believe me. I hope you find this discussion of clay bars versus clay mitts useful. Should any of you have further questions regarding any aspect of detailing, please feel free to reach out and I’ll try to help. 25

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