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Old 27-09-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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'Bout ready for a new clay bar...

Previously I had used both Meguiar's and Griot's Garage clay bars, and have never really gotten on with them, so I'm thinking about changing up and trying a new one. Currently my finalists are:

(A) Auto-Finesse Clay Bar with Dodo-Juice Born to be Slippy Lube
(B) Bilt-Hamber Auto-Clay Soft with Water or ONR as lube
(C) Sonus SFX Ultra-Fine Detailing Clay (Grey) with ONR Lube

Where I live, even a week's worth of urban driving can plaster your vehicle with bonded contaminates, and it makes adding another layer of wax or sealant after a wash at the weekend feel like you're trying to apply the product on sandpaper . I am looking for a gentle, but effective clay bar, that will not compromise durable LSP's (D-J SNH, J-W AJ-T, etc.) too badly, and possibly make claying feel like a less onerous task (The Griot's Clay I'm using up right now smears constantly, no matter how much lube you use, so I never look forward to the process.). Could you advise which one of these clays would meet those requirements? Thank you for your assistance...

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Old 27-09-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
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Vote from me goes to bilt hamber clay, love it .
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Old 27-09-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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bilt hamber for me to used it for first time last weekend and love the stuff
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Old 27-09-2011, 08:41 PM   #4
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BH soft , you will love it.
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I'm starting to sound like a bit of a fanboy here, but I really do rate the Auto Finesse clay over the BH Soft stuff, which I find car marr pretty easily.

The consistency of the AF clay is perfect for lighter duties, and coupled with a decent lube like Born Slippy is a far nicer experience IMO, than BH Soft with water. That said, the price will be nearly double that of the BH option.
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Sonus green, elite orange or dodo SN....

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Another vote for BH Soft, although I've used CYC fine clay which was also pretty good.
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Old 28-09-2011, 03:20 PM   #8
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Thank you very much! You've all given me some good information to base my purchase on...

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Old 28-09-2011, 05:12 PM   #9
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I'm starting to sound like a bit of a fanboy here, but I really do rate the Auto Finesse clay over the BH Soft stuff, which I find car marr pretty easily.

The consistency of the AF clay is perfect for lighter duties, and coupled with a decent lube like Born Slippy is a far nicer experience IMO, than BH Soft with water. That said, the price will be nearly double that of the BH option.
A good clay bar is not likely to scratch/mar - it's debris collected in them that can. Both soft and reg grades collect debris at an accelerated rate compared to other maker’s formulations so you need to knead them more regularly. This has been independently proven and tested several times too.

Some bars have silica sand included in the formulation, as this is around 7 on the Moh's hardness scale it'll easily mar paint finishes if it contacts them. We stick to a mineral nearer 2.5 - 3 Mohs ( bout the same harness as a finger nail and many car paints) In side-by-side tests they work better due to the density plus the marring was virtually impossible with our virgin clay kept wet.

They're both happy to be used with lubes too if you're used to using one. As cleaning paint is the purpose of claying we reckon we’re bang on with the formulation and it optimised for that purpose.

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