Yep ... I've heard great things about Meguiars from a lot of car guys and that seems to be what good detailers use. That's what I go with now. And I agree, the clay bar can work wonders for giving you a nice, glassy surface, particularly if you need to clean up tough bugs or overspray and such. But for those not familiar with it, be careful ... it's basically like using a VERY fine sandpaper. It works great, but don't use it unless you need to ... it's not made to be used every time you wash and wax the car.rlhammon said:For waxes... all I've ever used was Megquires series. I've used paste, and liquid, and I actually really love the 3 step liquid system. It always did wonders on my ruby red Alero, and the car looked better than it did in the showroom after I did all three steps. It didn't take long either. I've heard for years that Zaino is "the best" from many people, but it seems like it takes for ever to do use the product according to the instructions.
I found a good wash, followed by a drying of some sort (chamois, silicon blade, terry cloth towel, etc.), then a clay bar, then a wax job will do wonders beyond belief for most any car. In the course of just a few hours I can bring back my car to a better than show room shine after a long hard winter.
My problem with Zaino (and I've never used it) is that it appears to take forever to apply.ateam_77 said:You guys have to try Zaino, you can only get it from their web site. I heard alot of people talking about it on the Magnum forum and they were posting some very nice photos of the results. I got some and can say it is better than anything I have ever used. The first thing on my agenda after getting my Sostice is putting five coats of Zaino on and it will out shine anything on the road. The stuff builds with each coat and give a deeper shine each time even though one coat is very good. you need to wash the car with dishsoap to remove the old wax and then claybar the paint before waxing to get the best finish. I don't see the need to use clay on a new car though.
If you want technical details on clay bar, you should do a search or read some of the sites that are posted near the start of this thread.Chip said:Can one of you describe what is involved in using a claybar? Are there any dangers of scratching the paint when using clay?
It is slightly abrasive, but as long as you don't do it all the time and you keep it well lubricated, it should not be a problem at all. Detailers use it all the time. RLH gave some good advice. The only thing I would add is that I have found the spray included with the bar isn't always very slick and I prefer using dish soap directly on the bar. Just be careful not to drop it in the dirt because it can get pretty slippery. You should also wash the car first and keep it wet while using the clay. There should be very little friction when you're using it. Glide your fingers over the car and you should feel the difference ... it should be smooth as glass. Again, that should be completely unnecessary for a new car and only used on rare occasions.Chip said:Can one of you describe what is involved in using a claybar? Are there any dangers of scratching the paint when using clay?
Also check out these two forums under the product discussions:mceb said:We are going to need a whole car care forum eventually.
If you are into higher-end stuff and "detailing" check out these sites. Pretty hard-core stuff. I'm still wading through it myself.
It's a whole world onto itself :lol: