The Clay Bar
What does clay have to do with your car?

The clay bar is an amazing product that still incites heated debates among zealous enthusiasts as to exactly how the process works. Personally, it doesn't really matter how it works, I just know that it does work and that is what is important. Anyone unfamiliar with using the surface prep bar, commonly called detailing clay, is in for a real treat.

This little piece of firm, "Play-doh" like wonder is the answer to silky smooth paint on your car. Having been in the world of professional auto detailing for over two decades, I actually had to function in the world at the beginning of my career without the benefits of the clay bar for cars.

Detailing Clay

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The surface preparation bar commonly referred to as detailing clay, is a tool of the professional auto detailer that has no equal! Despite surface prep bars having been around over 15 years, there are still many people unfamiliar with these amazing wonders of "interesting" material.

Used prior to polishing or waxing, the surface prep bar is used to remove many forms of paint contaminates that are present in many ways. If you are unfamiliar with what this product actually is, I will provide an introduction to this amazing product:

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  • Also referred to as detailing clay or surface prep bar.
  • For the removal of paint contaminates that normal washing, waxing, and polishing won't remove.
  • A must have.
  • Should be part of regular maintenance.
  • Performed on a freshly washed car, prior to any application of car wax, paint sealant, or polishing your car.
  • Even brand new cars will most times require the use of a clay bar to decontaminate car paint.

Darren's Professional Tips

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The are very few areas of detailing that cause as much amazement and strong positive reviews like the subject of detailing clay! If you have never heard of this amazing product until now, or perhaps have been sitting on the fence, I strongly recommend you take a little time to become an informed and educated consumer and car owner. The positive reaction experienced by any first-time user is an experience that must be witnessed first hand as words will not serve it justly. So take a little time to read these clay bar reviews to understand the critical role this tool of the trade plays in proper car paint care.

Detailing Clay Basics

This section is a good place to start. Follow any of the following links below to start the process.

The Preparation Process
Understanding just how detailing clay works and the process behind this wonder.

Clay Bar a Car
Darren takes you through a Q. and A. so you can understand all you need to know abut the clay bar and offers recommendations of the different types of decontamination "tools" you can choose from.

Clay Bar for Cars
Tune into this page to read a simplified guide to the clay bar process, what you need to know, and what Darren would do if he was working on his car.

Paint Overpsray Removal Clay Bar
See how the clay bar can effectively remove overspray on car

Auto Clay Bar Reviews

See and read the different reviews of the detailing clay.

Clay Kits
Detailing clay kits offer an economical way to sample other products along with the surface prep bar from the different manufacturers.

Mothers Surface Prep Bar
See the review on this popular choice of kits from Mothers.

Clay Bar Summary

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This page is full of useful links regarding all things "clay bar" related. From the clay bar process to shopping the best in clay bar kits.

Each link on this page will take you to a separate page discussing the various nuances of clay bars, the different types, how to use them, and what to do following the use of detailing clay (the clay bar).

My goal as always is to help you not just become a more informed consumer, but help you get better results when it comes to your car!


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