I brought this claybar kit from halfords a few months ago after becomming a self confessed car nut and having a sadly insane problem with cleaning it to the max if i was going to bother. I was looking on places like youtube to see what people use my freind who is a mechanic reccomended meguiars to me as it was a toss up between them and autoglym which is another good brand.
The kits easy to use just was your car before hand and the get to work using the detailer and claybar which you get two 50g bars if memory serves me right which you only need to open one. I found with my car (206 gti) i didnt even need to use a whole bar and its a simple repetition of using the detailer to moisten the cars surface then rubbing the claybar over untill there is no resistance to the claybar while turning the clay as it gets dirty to a fresh clan piece by folding and molding.
Claying your car cleans out the dirt in the annoying swirl marks everyone gets in there car which when stripped free of dirt i used a decent polish (used auto glym ultra deep shine due to my car being a dark colour) to help fill in the swirls and lighten the pain i feel seeing my car in the sun then used the wax afterwards.
My car took about an hour and a half to do a decent job on as its best to take your time as results will be fantastic if you do. You will find yourself amazed where all the dirt comes from as your car looks clean but you do not realise how many contaminants are on the car all the time.
Be genourous with the detailer so the bar slides easiers as you will end up dragging a sticky dirty piece of clay over dry paintwork and making things worse. When you finish the car you have a small quick wax and a large yellow microfibre cloth to spray and buff your car with afterwards to help protect especially good when it rains as it will make the rain bead up and run off the bonnet/roof etc and maintain the clean look.
I was always very sceptical of spray waxs as they sounded too good to be true and a lazy arse quick spray and wipe that i assumed would do sod all apart from lighten you wallet. Its surprising how good the car buffs up and if you do a good enough job when it comes time to clean again it will come out to a better standard then before you clayed the car doing regualr washes.
I find myself now using the microfibre cloth after every was over a shammy leather as mine was starting to fall apart and the cloth does just as good if not a better job of cleaning the water residue off anyway. Wash and a quick spray of wax and a wipe and the car looks awesome nowadays and you only need to clay your car or whatever you own one maybe two times a year if you can be bothered.
This year ive become a total petrol head. I love my car. I've never been into car's before. They were just something to use to get from A to B, but now there's a lot more to it. In getting into modding and improving the car, I became a member of an owners club. There I was introduced to the wonderful world of "Detailing". Something I knew nothing about until earlier this year. Basically all I used to do was simply wash my car. I might every so often give it a polish with some turtle wax, but I never knew there were so many other things you could/should do to give the car an amazing shine, keep the swirl marks at bay and reduces scratches as well as protect the paint. Now I spend a lot more time working on the car, but it is worth it when im done. The full procedure involves a lot of steps including, washing, drying, clay bar, glaze, wax, seal and that's just the body, then there's the wheels.
The step that stands out the most is the clay. Who ever thought of using clay on cars??? I recoiled at the idea initially, not convinced it would work, but then I spotted Meguiars kit in Halfords and thought I'd give it a go. I was very surprised with the results. The kit comes with a high quality microfiber cloth, the clay and a detailing spray. To use it, you have to wash the car, to get the dirt off, then dry it, apply the detailing spray, use the clay (keeping it well lubricated) and then wipe it dry with the cloth. The process takes a while, but its not too hard, as long as you keep the clay moist (otherwise it sticks to the paint) and regularly reshape it in your hand (keeping a clean side on the paintwork).
Basically the idea of the clay is to remove all the dirt that you cannot see and cannot wash off. Paint is porous in nature, if only very slightly and things like exhaust fumes, bird poo, tar, grit and other contaminants will bore down in to the paint surface to a degree where washing will not extract them and thus the car is not properly cleaned. Clay gets those contaminants out. You have to see it to believe it, but it really works. The first time I used it, the white clay was nearly completely brown by the time I finished. The roof, bonnet and front bumper had the worst dirt areas and afterwards were left looking shiny and clean, smooth to touch. The clay cleans easily once folded and kneaded. The bonus also is you don't have to use it every week. Every few months is good enough, so it lasts for a very long time indeed. The shine left afterwards is magnificent. The paintwork will take wax or glaze with much more ease and look better for it. So if your paintwork is looking a little drab and you want that show room shine, clay is a good way to get started. Try it. its well worth the money.
Meguiars is a very good brand, well respected and praised by the detailing community and car enthusiasts. With this product you can see why!
This stuff is absolutly brilliant! I bought it after seeing the results after my friend and I cleaned his car using it and we proceeded to clean mine.
Its an interesting way to clean the car, and if your not really 'into' car cleaning then you will probably never have heard about this method before, however it is very simple, quick and effective.
In the box you get the a micro-fibre cloth, the quick detailer spray, and the most important ingredient....the clay.
The method is that you would normally clean the car, chamois it down to the point where you would be putting polish on, this is where the clay comes in. The idea of the clay is to remove any surface contaminants that are hidden to the eye, but you soon realise that they are there. You are now ready to use the clay.
The quick detailer acts as a lubricant for the clay, you spray in onto the section of the car you are wanting to clean, and i find it easier to put a bit on the clay itself. Then you simply rub the clay on the car until you feel that it is moving smooth. Once it feels smooth, it is clean and is then ready to dry down and clean off using the micro fibre cloth. Repeat this over the whole car and the results will instantly be visable.
I find though that to get a stunning finish, you are better off continuing to polish and wax the car after. The box states that it gives a finish similar to glass, and this is a genuine claim...you could almost slip off my bonnet!
Overall i would definatly reccommend this, even at about £20 this will comfortably clean three cars, maybe even a fourth. However, you will only need to do this once or twice a year.
Well I purchased the Meguiars Quick Detailer a number of months ago when I got a little serious about cleaning my car.
I joined an online community who are a little obsessive when it came to cleaning cars, and this was voted one of the best.
A lot of people can't justify spending money on car products, but do your research and you'll see why people like me refuse to use fairy liquid and a sponge (don't bother if you have a company car)
The quick detail kit is simple to use and comes with all the required bits. You simply wash you car and then spray the clay bar with the quick detailing spray, and then lather this into the paintwork (as if it was a bar of soap). After each panel, I recommend kneeding this into a new flat shape and move onto the next panel.
The claying system is designed to bring up the paintwork and fill in those nasty scratches obtained from using sponges. This can then be washed off before you apply your polish and wax.
Value for money is unbeatable, a worthy prodct for those who want their car to stand out.
I got mine from ebay, it was half the price of halfords!
Your car is probably the second most expensive thing you own after your house, so you need to take some care of it to keep ageing effects at bay. Also if you ever want to sell your car, you will get a better price for it if its nice and clean.
Most of us are aware of polishing or waxing the paintwork of a car, to remove dirt, some scratches and produce a nice shine, there are many polishes and waxes around to do just this.
What professional car cleaners or valeters do, is cleanse the paintwork before polishing, to remove bonded contaminants such as tree sap, tar, insects, and other chemicals. These contaminants are often felt as you rub your hand over the paintwork, it doesnt feel smooth, its rough.
Meguiar's Quik clay is one of the first clay paintwork cleansing kits available to the public. Its is a bar of special clay, which you cut a piece off and knead into a hand sized pad. The bar usually provides enough for around 4-5 pieces. It must only be used on a clean car, so wash it first. Then with the included bottle of clay lubricant, carefully work you way over each panel spraying with lubricant and then gently passing the clay over the surface, you will feel the rough particles being lifted off. Also you will see the dirt on the clay, so regularly knead it and rotate to use a clean part.
If you've done it correctly, you will be left with clean paintwork that feels lovely and smooth, its quite a revelation, like having a new car all over again. Next its best to give the car a wash off and dry and then protect your newly cleansed paintwork with a layer of polish to stop these contaminants bonding to it again. Meguiar's also make great polishes, see my other review...
If you run out of the special lubricant, clean water with car shampoo mixed will do the same job. I've used this system on several cars now, and it really does make the paintwork shine, and consequently should make the car easier to sell.
I recommend only using clay when you will also polish your car, ideally a car should be polished at least once a year to keep it looking its best.
Restore your car's look and return the shine to your paint by polishing and waxing the surface for a sheer lustre finish.