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Old 13-10-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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Mild Clay - Sonus SFX Ultra-Fine (grey)?

Hi guys,

First of all, sorry if what follows is a dopey question ...

About 10 years ago, I bought quite a few bars of (green) Sonus SFX Ultra-Fine detailing clay, which I'm finally starting to run out of (my car tends not to get very dirty, so it tends to last a while).

I've had a rummage around my box of car cleaning stuff, and found an unopened packet, although it was grey rather than green: product link with picture (apparently I ordered in 2011, although I don't remember doing so). Obviously, it's not green, but the product name (SFX Ultra Fine Detailing Clay) and part number (SON-3200-2) are the same as the green stuff. It is, however, a bit firmer - the unused green clay feels a lot like blu-tac, whereas the grey clay feels more like plasticene - it's easily bent but not very squishy (although it does seem to soften up with some prodding).

Looking online, "Sonus green" and "SFX Ultra Fine" seem to be used interchangeably, although there's also mention of "Sonus grey", which is apparently a lot more aggressive. Is the grey SFX Ultra Fine that's currently available the same as the old green stuff I had (but a different colour, obviously), or is it the more aggressive "grey" clay I've seen references to?

If what I've got is the aggressive stuff, can anyone suggest a good super-mild replacement?

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Old 13-10-2017, 06:23 PM   #2
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It probably is more on the aggressive side but give it ago and see if it marr's the paint (test spot) I used britemax clay bar yesterday for my decon and it produced some marring so went back and used my G3 clay mitt which worked fine with no marring at all. £12 in Halfords
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I used to use the green ultra fine sonus clay bars,still got some laying about,most will agree with me that the Bilt Hamber clays are a joy to use and cost wise economical as water can be used, aswel as lube the green bars were more malleable than the grey and less chance of marring.Both I found iirc were very sticky.
I's suggest fine or meduim clay bars is what you need if you are wanting a change,you can't go wrong.
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Old 14-10-2017, 08:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info, guys!

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It probably is more on the aggressive side
So, it sounds like the more aggressive stuff has the same name as the super-mild stuff? That's ... disappointing. Given that Sonus/Premium Finish Care only list one clay product (marked as super-mild), I was hoping that the more aggressive stuff was another product which had since been discontinued.

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but give it ago and see if it marr's the paint (test spot)
Typically, the reason I know I need some more is that I've just finished deep-cleaning & waxing my car for the winter! I'm somewhat wary of causing any marring, as any polishing will be done by hand, so it's not that quick a job. I haven't gotten around to waxing the backs (interior) of the doors yet, so I suppose I could try it on there - before anyone says "OCD", it makes them a darn sight easier to clean off!

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G3 clay mitt which worked fine with no marring at all. £12 in Halfords
I've got one of the "mild" (green) mitts from Clean Your Car, which seems OK. I'll still need some clay though, as there are some mouldings that you just can't get the mitt around. I also found that the clay would pull off some stuff that the mitt wouldn't, so you wanted to use the mitt for a first pass, and the clay for a second - still quicker than just using the clay, though!

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I used to use the green ultra fine sonus clay bars ... I found iirc were very sticky.
Yup, the Sonus green stuff is very tacky. Sufficiently so, that my dad decided it was like Blu-Tac, and tried some to see if it would work (and indeed it did - the paint felt smooth, and the Blu-Tac had some bits visibly stuck in it).

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most will agree with me that the Bilt Hamber clays are a joy to use and cost wise economical as water can be used ... you can't go wrong.
I'd noticed that Bilt Hamber stuff generally gets a lot of favourable reviews, especially their clays. The soft one is a little more aggressive than the Sonus green one, but not too much, apparently. Not needing any lubricant other than water is nice, although I've got a gallon of Last Touch (for lubricant) ... doh.
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but I thought I'd add to it in case anyone else was in the same situation ...

I tried the grey Sonus SFX Ultra-Fine clay that I had, and it was very tough to knead, but didn't produce any marring that I could see. I've since ordered and tried Elite Car Care's "Fine Grade" clay, and Bilt Hamber's "Auto Clay (Soft)" - both are not only a lot softer than the grey Sonus was (more akin to the green Sonus I had, but less sticky), but also worked quicker and can be lubricated with water.
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