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Nanoskin makes a wash mitt in a few grades that supposedly replaces the need for clay barring your paint prior to polishing. I've read quite a few reviews including some by people who detail for a living. Seems like it's as effective as barring but much faster.

Any Kappa owners try it?
 

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I use the Nanoskin sponges, fine and medium and the medium pad for a DA polisher. They are faster as you don't need to keep folding/kneading them to clean clay and can just lubricate and go. I think they last longer as well. I've done probably 10-12 cars and they are just starting to wear out (I do friends cars as a hobby). I've noticed no marring and all cars pass the baggie test afterwards.
 

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Did some "speed detailing" this past weekend. A good friend of my wife's was coming to visit and I've been bugging her to let me detail the paint on her Sebring. She refuses because she doesn't want me to "be working" when she visits.

So in an hour and a half I scrubbed the convertible top, washed head to toe, used the nanoskin mitt (which appeared to work very well), D/A polished the horizontal panels (I was running out of time and the paint was oxidized enough that I had to polish those panels TWICE, even with a more aggressive polish), then applied sealant and a final buff-out. It was far from perfect but a tremendous improvement.

I was dripping in sweat when I was done. You usually don't think "cardio" when you think of detailing a car!

Went so quick I didn't even get before and after pics!
 

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So I had an interesting experience this weekend. I have used a particular brand of clay bar for several years. I thought it was getting old so I bought some similar from a different supplier.
When I attempted to clean my car, which has overspray from treating my driveway last fall (yes I know) the new clay bar did not seem to work at all. I rubbed the crap out of the car and it was as bad after the effort as it was before.

So I went to my old clay bar and it sounded like a grinder was working on the hood as it pulled all the overspray off the car. I was astounded at the difference in the two compounds. One worked well and the other not at all.

Not a result I had anticipated.
 

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Have to confirm the brand but I think my last batch of clay was Simoniz and it became very "spongy" during use. Not as stiff as other clays I had used. I suspected contamination with other cleaning products may have caused it and tossed the one bar.
 

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So....going to buy a nanoskin washmitt, but wanted to know, fine or medium? I DA my car afterward anyway, so I was thinking medium just to make sure everything is off of it. Suggestions?
 

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I'm been using the fine this spring and it does a really nice job. I think if your paint is in pretty good shape the medium might be overkill. I always try to use the gentlest things first especially on things like paint.
 

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So....going to buy a nanoskin washmitt, but wanted to know, fine or medium? I DA my car afterward anyway, so I was thinking medium just to make sure everything is off of it. Suggestions?
When in doubt choose the one that could do the least damage. But if it was me I'd just get both grades.
 

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CR is spot on. If your paint is in good shape the fine is your choice.

Wanted to do the pick up last weekend but realized I had 500 miles of travel this past weekend so it was silly to do so until the drive was over.

I'm been using the fine this spring and it does a really nice job. I think if your paint is in pretty good shape the medium might be overkill. I always try to use the gentlest things first especially on things like paint.
 

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WOW!!!! How easy this is compared to clay barring!! We went on a family trip a week ago and stayed in northern Michigan. My parent's red Charger was parked under a tree the entire time. Between all the bugs and fine tree sap, I thought the car would never be clean again. In just an hour and a half (that's figured with washing the car too!!) the paint was smooth as glass again. I highly recommend a Nanoskin!! It's so easy!
 

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I have also used Mothers Speed Clay 2 and it worked very well Was very impressed with the results
 

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Nanoskin is the only way to go. 10x faster then clay bars and much easier to use.
 

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UPDATE - the nanoskin states it is not resistant to solvens. THEY MEAN THAT!

I was trying to get the pickup's paint detailed and sealed so that included "skinning" the paint. I noticed some tar had been picked up so I ended up using some WD40 to get the specks off. Thought I had rinsed that panel well, but didn't wash it. Next thing I knew the skin was leaving a grey residue on the paint. I thought maybe the rubber surface of the nanoskin would "set up" after standing but the next morning it was still like putty.

I will be purchasing another as it is so much faster than clay. BUT MAKE SURE YOU TREAT IT RIGHT!
 

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Mothers Speed Clay 2.0 is not a real clay. It is a man made product a about twice the size of a computer mouse.
They are all "synthetic". It's my understanding the original patent ran out a few years ago and that's why we're seeing it showing up on big box retailers shelves. They do definitely work well.
 
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