Keeping it smooth with our Fine Clay Bar

QUICK GUIDE TO USING CLAY BAR

In the Bowden family we are a little bit fanatical about beautiful smooth paint. With our Fine Clay Bar, you can now clean your paint regularly without concern for reducing clear coat thickness or scratching. It's the first step for perfect, smooth paint.

Getting it smooth

A clay bar is ideal to remove things like paint over spray, embedded dirt, tree sap, tar, bug residue and just about any other contaminants that want to bond and contaminate your paint surface. All can be easily removed without damaging your paint with a clay bar; a sophisticated formulation of Blue Tack! Basically it's a blue tack with a very fine abrasive content, which when used with a lubricant, will not harm your cars paint. Our custom made bar is what we see as best for most uses on your car, with a combination of the finest abrasive content and the non drying poly bar. Using this takes away the risk of using a more common heavier grade of industrial clay bar, that can potentially scratch your paints' surface.

Using the Fine Clay Bar will give a beautiful, smooth finish to your cars' paint. It also makes the Auto Body Cleanser easier to use and helps your wax coat last longer. To check if your paint really needs it, after washing your car put your hand in a plastic shopping bag, then run your fingers over the paint. If it feels rough or gritty in any way, you need to clay bar. Very easy to use as you will read below. You will find the clay bar is a remarkable product and well worth becoming part of your regular car care regime.

What you need

Firstly get the following gear together;

  • The Fine Clay Bar 
  • A lubricant - either our Boss Gloss, or the Fully Slick detailing sprays are perfect. Another alternative, is to use the Auto Body Gel or Nanolicious Wash, mixed in a bucket.
  • One of our lovely Big Softie microfibre cloths.

Step 1

Before using our Fine Clay Bar, thoroughly wash and dry your car to remove any loose dirt. Work in an area that is out of the sun and relatively cool to prevent rapid evaporation of the Boss Gloss or Fully Slick lubricant if you're using this method.

Step 2

When using the clay bar, mould it into a good shape - animal and car shapes are nice, but an oval shape that fits in your palm is best.

Step 3

Work on sections of the car at a time, like 1/4 of the bonnet, a guard or door etc.  

Spray the Boss Gloss or Fully Slick detailing spray onto the part you will first be cleaning.

Step 4

Apply the Fine Clay Bar to the surface and rub the clay back and forth with very light pressure. If the paint is dirty, you will actually feel and hear it working. Keep moving in a light motion till you no longer hear or feel it working on the car. 

If the Boss Gloss or Fully Slick begins to dry, you'll need to spray more on. Please note that our Fine Clay Bar is fairly sticky and cannot be used on a dry surface. If it's dry, you'll make a mess and potentially damage your paint, so always make sure there is ample lubrication on your paint.

Step 5

Always check the clay bar for hard particles. If you find one, pick it out.

Make it a habit to frequently knead and reform the bar so that a fresh portion of the bar is in contact with your cars' paint. 

If you drop your bar of clay on the ground, it's all over red rover. Toss it out. Don't take any chances, If it's impregnated with grit it will scratch!

Step 6

After a few passes with the clay, rub your hand over the area you have cleaned to feel if there are any areas you may have missed.

You should feel a distinct difference between the areas you have and have not clayed. You will be delighted to feel its beautiful, smooth surface.

Finally, lightly buff the clay residue off with our soft Big Softie microfibre cloth.

 

After a few passes with the clay, rub your hand over the area you have cleaned to feel if there are any areas you may have missed.

You should feel a distinct difference between the areas you have and have not clayed. You will be delighted to feel its beautiful smooth surface.

Finally, lightly buff the clay residue off with our soft Big Softie microfibre cloth. 

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After a few passes with the clay, rub your hand over the area you have cleaned to feel if there are any areas you may have missed.
You should feel a distinct difference between the areas you have and have not clayed. You will be delighted to feel its beautiful smooth surface.
Finally, lightly buff the clay residue off with our soft Big Softie microfibre cloth. After a few passes with the clay, rub your hand over the area you have cleaned to feel if there are any areas you may have missed.

You should feel a distinct difference between the areas you have and have not clayed. You will be delighted to feel its beautiful smooth surface.

Finally, lightly buff the clay residue off with our soft Big Softie microfibre cloth. 

- See more at: https://web.archive.org/web/20160308110508/http://bowdensown.com.au/guides/keeping-it-smooth-our-fine-clay-bar#sthash.IZ6puDfu.dpufAfter a few passes with the clay, rub your hand over the area you have cleaned to feel if there are any areas you may have missed.
You should feel a distinct difference between the areas you have and have not clayed. You will be delighted to feel its beautiful smooth surface.
Finally, lightly buff the clay residue off with our soft Big Softie microfibre cloth.

 

After a few passes with the clay, rub your hand over the area you have cleaned to feel if there are any areas you may have missed.

You should feel a distinct difference between the areas you have and have not clayed. You will be delighted to feel its beautiful smooth surface.

Finally, lightly buff the clay residue off with our soft Big Softie microfibre cloth. 

- See more at: https://web.archive.org/web/20160308110508/http://bowdensown.com.au/guides/keeping-it-smooth-our-fine-clay-bar#sthash.IZ6puDfu.dpuf

CLAY WHILE YOU WASH

If you want to do the clay job a little bit faster, you can use the Fine Clay Bar after you give your car an initial wash.

First you need to 1/2 fill a bucket of water with a capful of our Auto Body Gel or Nanolicious car wash for a nice slippery mixture. Never use plain water as it has no lubrication properties!

Put the suds on the car with your Muffy sponge or Love Glove mitt and use the clay bar as we mention above. Make sure you only do the areas where there are suds. Rinse the panel down after you're finished and move to the next section, till the car is completed. Don't let the water dry on the car, re-wet it as you go, as you don't want to get any water spots. Chamois or microfibre towel dry once you're done and then get ready for cleansing and waxing.

This method is obviously not suitable if you're working inside, but it gives many of you another option for using the bars. We find it can be a quicker and easier job, so it was worth mentioning!

For an even faster job, have a look at our Clay Towels as well, a little bit more expensive, but thanks to their larger size they are even faster to prepare your cars' paint and glass with.

Storage

Store your clay bar in the plastic container it came with, in a cool area, never anywhere that it can get too hot. This will keep it safe, clean and ready for the next time you need to use it.

Depending on the cleanliness of the surface you're cleaning, one bar should be good enough for safe use on 3 cars. If it looks dirty it means it is time to replace the bar. Try not to overuse the clay bar.

Finish the job right

The clay bar needs to be used in conjunction with our cleansing and waxing products for the best possible finish for your paint. Our clay bar is not designed to completely remove wax and other imbedded dirt like the cleanser or give paint a rich and deep protective finish like carnauba wax can. So when you're finished claying your car, you should then go over it with our Auto Body Cleanser to deep clean the paint. Then give it a final seal to protect your freshly cleaned paint with the Auto Body Wax, Lazy Wax or Fully Slick.

And that's it, you're all done... Take your pride and joy for a run!

OTHER TIPS AND USES

Our Fine Clay Bar isn't just for paint. You can use it on any smooth, hard surface, including; fibreglass, chrome and glass. Do not use clay on clear plastic though, such as headlight lenses or bike fairings.

When the clay looks dirty and cannot be remoulded to get a clean surface, use it on your windows. The dirty clay will not harm glass, and it's amazing how much dirt film clay can remove from your exterior glass. Old clay is also great to clean wheels. Clay will safely remove stubborn, embedded brake dust, tar and road film from all factory wheels. Fine Clay Bar is not recommended on wheels that do not have a factory clearcoat or a powder coat finish.

Have a good look at our Clay Bar Pack, as it is a combination pack of all the products needed for the job and saves you a bit of money as well.

Any questions?

You can find our Fine Clay Bar at Autobarn and Supercheap Auto, as well as many other independent retailers nationwide. Find your closest stores in the link at the bottom of this webpage.

If you have any further questions about them, please drop me an email dan@bowdensown.com.au or call our office on 1800 351 308.

Love your car,

Dan Bowden


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