Mothers Clay Bar Review
Mothers is good, but there is better!

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Mothers car care products are synonymous with cosmetic car care and are actually the very first products I used on my cars as a teenager. This Mothers cal y bar review will be based on a "tool" most often called detailing clay that didn't even exist when I first got started with my own cars, nor did it exist when I started my professional detailing business.


We have come a long way with what is also known as surface paint care due to advances in chemical engineering. But surprisingly, most people I talk to know very little about detailing clay in general, never mind the version put out by Mothers with their clay bar kit.


What You Are Going To Learn:

  • The overall Mothers detailing clay review.
  • Does Mothers clay bar stack up against the competition?
  • Professional alternatives to Mothers clay bar.
  • Darren's professional tips.



Mothers 07240 California Gold Clay Bar System

mothers clay bar review:

Mothers car care products have been around since what I call the beginning. They remain popular and have a following that remains both loyal and zealous! I am a big fan of Mothers products and can recommend them to any driveway detailer or committed car owner alike. While I do not use any of their products at a professional level, they do provide excellent results. The following highlight the pros and cons of the Mothers clay bar:

  • Generally come in Clay Bar Kit only; this is a good thing as you get multiple products in order to complete the task.
  • Mothers provides (2) smaller clay bars instead of a single and larger piece of detailing clay.
  • Yellow clay bars are mild versions and will perform for most levels of fall-out except for excessively heavy cases.
  • Will last longer than product label recommends. (generally the case with all the clay bars. Manufacturers want you buying more, not less)

does mothers stack up against the rest:

mothers clay bar detailing clay

If you are a committed Mothers fan, then you don't need to overthink this moment and their version of detailing clay. As I said above, it will perform for any driveway detailer and car owner. It would be hard to tell the difference in the many clay bars available on the market today if you were blind folded and asked to use one. One of the big differences is simply the size of the bars. Since I have never used one of these long term professionally, my only concern would be their ability to hold up to day to day use in the professional world. But for any enthusiast or driveway detailer; this becomes a non-issue as you will only be using it every so often. This could be as often as every 3 months, to as little as every couple of years.

Every part of the world is different which means the air quality has a huge range in air born pollutants. These pollutants are a big part of the reason you need the clay bar in the first place; to decontaminate your paint prior to polishing or waxing. In the event you are just learning about clay bars; the process goes like this:

  1. Wash car to remove traditional surface dirt.
  2. Use detailing clay/clay bar to remove embedded contaminants from your car paint.
  3. Proceed to polish your car if you plan on polishing it. (polishing is different than waxing. Polishing is done to restore gloss, shine, and to remove superficial paint blemishes prior to waxing)
  4. Apply your choice in a top rated car wax. (Waxing is for protection and visual enhancement)

mothers detailing clay alternatives:

For many people, good enough is just that; good enough. And for all those people who operate under this philosophy then you needn't look any further than this Mothers clay bar review to see that the Mothers detailing clay will be just fine. But for those looking to take it to the next level of performance and think good enough rarely is, then let me offer an upgrade in performance with the following recommendation:

Meguiar's Clay Bar Kit:



Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit

  • Considered to be retail grade like the Mothers from above.
  • Will perform for anyone who is a driveway detailer, enthusiast, or simply looking to take care of their own car.
  • Comes with 2 individual clay bars.
  • Excellent reviews on Amazon.

Chemical Guy's Clay Bar Kit:



Chemical Guys CLY_KIT_2 Medium Duty Clay Bar and Luber Synthetic Lubricant Kit (16 oz) (2 Items)

  • Considered as enthusiast to professional grade.
  • Chemical Guy's is likely unknown to most people unless you are in the business. (which is why it is considered professional grade)
  • More expensive than the retail grade versions above. (as a rule, you really do get what you pay for)
  • I am a big fan of Chemical Guy's products as a rule.

Griot's Garage Clay Bar Kit:



Griot's Garage 11145 Paint Cleaning Clay Kit

  • Considered enthusiast to professional grade.
  • Griot's has a stellar reputation among enthusiasts/professionals at all levels.
  • One of my favorite companies producing some of the best products and tools.
  • You will not be disappointed.
  • Excellent Amazon reviews.

darren's professional tips:

Just like most areas of life we have what we are taught based on certain agenda's, and then we have what I call the real world. My recommendations and tips are always based on the real world, so despite what you have heard or read, I am going to lay out my professional tips that I know personally work in the real world:

  • Mothers and Meguiar's clay bar(s) will perform for virtually any person working on their own cars.
  • Every car that spends any amount of time exposed to the out-doors will eventually need to be clayed.
  • Even that brand new car of yours will need to be clayed (at least 99%of the time).
  • If you take the time to read the descriptions of the different clay bar kits on Amazon, you will notice there seems to be contradictions between companies.

Like every other area of life; the world of cosmetic car care has its own level of hyped-up marketing and advertsiing. You don't need to overthink choosing the "right" clay bar, or the b"best" clay bar. They will all perform and it comes down to the user experience. Unless you are on a really tight budget, then I would go with the either of the Chemical Guy's clay bar kit or the Griot's Garage. For the extra bucks, you will have a better experience.

I hope I have helped you take at least one step forward to getting the results you are after!

Sincerely,


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