13th November 2017 at 10:27 #9350
I have been reading quite a lot about using detailing clay on the paintwork of my xjs cab, the paint finish already gleams so not sure which way to go. Can anyone advise or inform of the advantages or not on the use of clay and the best products to use.
Regards and thanks.
Chris Leeson, J685 CEV.
15th November 2017 at 09:36 #9405RobinParticipant
Hi Chris Leeson @chrisleeson
Yes I use a clay on my cars, almost normal practice these days. Lots clays available – I use a Bilt Hamber medium (from Amazon) as suits UK climate. (softer than some) Normally only use in summer months when doing a proper clean.
You should try it, as quite a revelation, leaves the paint so smooth. I wouldn’t have believed how many small particles it removes. Just use with plain water or ideally water and car shampoo mix as a soapy lube, work on one panel at a time. I don’t use any of the special fluids they sell..
You can feel the difference with your hand once done. Strange process but IMHO it works.
Won’t restore indifferent paint but definitely makes good paint even better.
I also use snow foam when car has got bit grimy prior to washing off. I’m less convinced about the foam but does allow a hands off first wash..
15th November 2017 at 11:46 #9409
Many thanks for your reply and advice given, fits well with my own ideas, not familiar with the brand but will give it a try.
Like the pic make a good Christmas card. My car is a facelift 1992 cabriolet with targa tops, not on Bleasies favourite list but is on mine.
17th November 2017 at 16:19 #9439RobinParticipant
Hi Chris, Bilt Hamber despite strange name are one of the bigger car detailing product specialists. Good products but not always cheapest – just seek out a keen price.
If you want to check out some alternatives though – google.. ‘Auto Express Review Clay Bars’ – should bring up 2017 reviews..
Ps I do have a 1987 3.6M Cab aswell as the XKR..
18th November 2017 at 11:32 #9462
Thanks for your reply, this will be my spring project when a bit warmer as I have to work outside. Been looking up Bilt Hamber seem to get good remarks so will give it a try.
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