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Old 14-07-2018, 12:53 PM   #11
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I just used TAC Systems clay mitt yesterday for the 1st time and it worked really well, left no marring and did the job super quick! It left each panel super smooth, in my opinion it did as good a job as regular clay (I previously used BH medium clay), it just gets the job done a lot quicker!


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Old 14-07-2018, 08:01 PM   #12
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Went from BH medium clay to elite car care's clay mitt with great results. Easier, faster and lasts longer. Still have some BH clay but never use it.
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Old 14-07-2018, 08:47 PM   #13
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As referenced earlier, I have quite a bit of experience with clay cloths and mits. Going back many years now we were one of the first cloths in the uk market to actually be accepted as more than a gimmick. Since then, they have become much cheaper to source which is great.
The G3 mit is hideous. It is extremely poor quality and marrs very badly. A lot of people who are dead against them due to a bad experience started with that, because it was cheap.

I have spent years training enthusiasts and now pros, and one of the things I often had them do was test multiple clay alternatives under strong lighting on various panels. If you have a good cloth, with a good technique, you can eliminate the need for a clay bar entirely. If you enjoy clay, I would say stick to that, but a good cloth does the same job, with the same or less marring, in a fraction of the time. Given the number of uses you get it is also FAR more economical, sure, a larger initial outlay, but over the course of its use it pays for itself multiple times.
I personally enjoy the tac systems cloth, its readily available, I get many many cars out of mine, and replace it. Soapy water as lube usually, nothing more.

Do mind your p's and q's, do a chemical decontamination first to be even more efficient and reduce the potential for marring



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This is the one I have, in fact used only yesterday. Absolutely no marring and wouldn't be surprised if it's exactly the same as the expensive TAC version.

http://www.seriousperformance.co.uk/...View_1107.html
The tac cloth isn't expensive, its just not as cheap as the one you chose. And it isn't the same clearly as serious performance do a number of cloth grades, requiring you to need multiple cloths for differing levels of decontamination. They are good cloths, but the one you have posted is a very fine membrane, and not as capable of clearing a surface, but it leaves VERY little marring, that is the trade off. The other trade off is if you buy more than one, to do differing levels of work, its actually not as cheap as you would like to make out. I would actually push people to go for the medium grade to get a bit closer to the capabilities of the tac (or "similar") cloths on the market
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Old 14-07-2018, 08:56 PM   #14
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I agree the G3 clay mitt is up there with one of the worst detailing products I've ever bought.

Are youse talking about the tac systems clay towel or clay mitt
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Old 14-07-2018, 09:15 PM   #15
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I agree the G3 clay mitt is up there with one of the worst detailing products I've ever bought.

Are youse talking about the tac systems clay towel or clay mitt
the clay cloth, I didn't enjoy the mit if I'm honest. I like the mechanics of the cloths, being able to fold and use multiple sides
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Old 14-07-2018, 09:54 PM   #16
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Nice to see people are finally opening up to the fact that these cheaper options do and can marr the paint.

A well protected and maintained car, a fine grade clay is all that's needed IMO.
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Old 14-07-2018, 11:40 PM   #17
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Anybody used the Carpro clay cloth? I'm doing a CYC order and they have that one, it not the TAC Systems cloth.

Wondered how they compare.

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Anybody used the Carpro clay cloth? I'm doing a CYC order and they have that one, it not the TAC Systems cloth.

Wondered how they compare.

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I haven't used it myself, but know two enthusiasts who bought and use it, and they enjoy it a lot. It looks to be "very similar" to the tac cloth
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Old 15-07-2018, 09:49 AM   #19
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Anybody used the Carpro clay cloth? I'm doing a CYC order and they have that one, it not the TAC Systems cloth.

Wondered how they compare.

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There's a review here - http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=333007

I think it's the same one.
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I would like to say thanks for this thread.

I know I always preferred Clay to clay mitt but now it seems that's because I only ever used G3 and sort of lumped all clay mitts / cloths in the same category.

Having Stangalang's input helps as there's a lot of first hand experience and some good advice.

I suspect a clay cloth is much easier to use than a clay bar which can be grabby with insufficient lube and in colder weather nigh impossible to use without hot water to hand.

I feel I just have to try one of these TAC cloths when I next do my car.

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