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Old 12-07-2018, 05:54 PM   #1
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Clay mitts/pads/cloths vs actual clay

Hi folks,

Just wondered how everybody else was finding clay mitts/pads/cloths compared to actual clay bars?

I have all of the above, and find that the mitts/pads/cloths don't remove anywhere near as much contamination as a regular clay bar, if any at all!

I can give a panel a good going over with my G3 clay mitt, or my Flexipads clay pad (by hand) and then come behind it with my Bilt Hamber clay bar and still pull a ton of muck out of the paint. The paint doesn't feel very smooth after the mitt/pad/cloth either, but feels like glass after the clay bar.

Am I doing something wrong? I love the speed and convenience of the mitts etc, but they just don't seem to do the job for me.

I'm tend to wet the mitt in my car shampoo bucket to keep it and the panel nice and wet/lubricated and lightly rub back and forth over the panel, much like if I was using a clay bar, but just don't get the same results.

Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

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Old 12-07-2018, 06:42 PM   #2
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I found them significantly quicker, better not as effective as a clay bar, but the mitts also seem to incur a lot more marring.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:08 PM   #3
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I prefer the mitts but more importantly there is a thread somewhere on here where Stangalang says the higher quality cloths are generally better than clay bars and it has been many years since he used traditional clay in his job.

I have no doubt Stangalang has used many many more clay cloths than I have
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I prefer the mitts but more importantly there is a thread somewhere on here where Stangalang says the higher quality cloths are generally better than clay bars and it has been many years since he used traditional clay in his job.

I have no doubt Stangalang has used many many more clay cloths than I have
Thanks. I'll PM him and see which ones he recommends.

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Thanks. I'll PM him and see which ones he recommends.

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Or get him to post in the thread
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I'm about to use a clay mitt for the first time on a car that hasn't been clayed for about 2 years. I usually use Meg's clay bar, so it will be interesting to see how I get on with it.

I like the idea of the mitt being quicker and easier (No risk of dropping it) but if it doesn't provide as good a result as a bar then I may have wasted my money.

I'll be using a Chemical Guys clay eraser mitt with Auto Finesse Glide clay lube. Both of these are new products for me.

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I have the CG clay mitt - Fine (blue)

It's one of the more expensive mitts on the market but It has never marred my paint

A really good buy IMO
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Or get him to post in the thread
OK, so Stangalang said he uses the Tac System clay cloth and believes it's one of the best on the market, so I'll give that a go. :-)

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OK, so Stangalang said he uses the Tac System clay cloth and believes it's one of the best on the market, so I'll give that a go. :-)

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Here's the thread that was mentioned earlier.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=406844

I've got an Autosmart clay cloth and since buying it havent used a bar since but only my opinion
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OK, so Stangalang said he uses the Tac System clay cloth and believes it's one of the best on the market, so I'll give that a go. :-)

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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
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