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Old 11-03-2017, 11:56 AM   #11
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Claying can cause scratches yes, and will almost certainly cause marring. As will using a clay cloth or mitt. If you have a quality cloth, all things being equal, it will cause less marring and you will be round the car much quicker
Saying that matt I clayed a car the other day with a mitt and not once did it cause any marring or fine scratches, I think it boils down to the user approach on how he does it. But it can in the wrong hands.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:05 PM   #12
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I just purchased an Atomiza clay cloth from Polished Bliss. I've used the G3 mitt in the past so I'm keen to give it a go.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:32 PM   #13
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Keith,

It's the Nanoskin fine grade mitt. Not sure if it's available in the UK but it looks like this:

http://www.detailing.com/store/nanos...ine-grade.html
They are more expensive but when you feel the quality of some mitts and cloths you can see why some are more prone to marring. Sadly, too many are now starting to cut corners with tangible products to save a few $ OR £'s. You can hopefully trust a decent supplier such as Polished Bliss in the UK who tend to sell only products they believe in.

An example of how things have gone is this. I had a set of DeWitt vice grips, they will have been about 30 years old, misplaced them and had to buy a new set. Bought Irwin girps, used them and the teeth bent within a short time. That is because they now make them in China, the metal is soft.
Luckily at a swap meet I attended someone had a brand new set in of two Grips with the three words "Made In USA". What a difference, just as the original set. Also found my original set so well set now.

Nothing to do with Clay cloths which are largely made in China and Taiwan but it all follows through, some are better than others. More relevant to you due to your location, I am sure you will know what I mean.
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:07 PM   #14
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Saying that matt I clayed a car the other day with a mitt and not once did it cause any marring or fine scratches, I think it boils down to the user approach on how he does it. But it can in the wrong hands.
Not with that G3 mit you didn't

Marring doesn't mean its in the wrong hands specifically, no amount of lube will stop a soft paint with heavy peel looking like its been sanded, we cant beat mechanics. But whatever a bar puts in a truly believe a quality mit or cloth does less, you know that for sure
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:53 PM   #15
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Try and remove dirt/grime from the car before-hand then use soft clay like BH AutoClay with plenty of lube.

With BH Clay you can even use water as lube.


Can you cause marring claying the car? With incorrect technique or if you trap a particle of dust between the claybar and the paint yes you can (much like using a wiper blade to dry car and you place the blade on the floor or trap dirt).

If your clay bar falls to the ground and you pick it up and use it on the car .....
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:02 PM   #16
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Not with that G3 mit you didn't

Marring doesn't mean its in the wrong hands specifically, no amount of lube will stop a soft paint with heavy peel looking like its been sanded, we cant beat mechanics. But whatever a bar puts in a truly believe a quality mit or cloth does less, you know that for sure
I new you where going to say that matt

True about super soft paint with orange peel that cannot be avoided if you want it done correctly, but that mustang I look after for my mate has soft paint like butter but it's completely flat with no peel at all, and I have yet caused any clay marring at all from clay bar and mitt so it can be done but with caution.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:50 PM   #17
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g3 clay mitt user here and i use autofinesse glide clay lubricant but theres loads out there. keep it well lubricated and rinse in a bucket of warm water as you go
Same as mate, have started making my own lube with some AF Lather and warm water, works a treat and saves buying dedicated lube love the G3 mitt so easy to use !!
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The simple answer is that its quite easy to cause marring with any kind of claying process, if you're inexperienced or circumstances conspire against you, as many have said above. If you have no way to polish out any marring you put in, then either think carefully if its worth it, try a small area first and see how you get on or find an old beater test panel or wagon and practice first.

I scared myself stupid years ago when a neighbour asked me to detail his black Honda Integra and I carefully clayed it and marred the hell out of it despite taking every precaution and having clayed dozens of cars before! Luckily it was a piece of cake to correct by machine afterwards as a simple wet polishing pad without ANY abrasive polish added would correct almost everything in a few passes! Lesson learned though....
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