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Old 07-04-2017, 09:18 PM   #1
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Advise after claying please

Evening folks, spent best part of 4hrs today claying the bonnet of my 1yr old car, after a full decontaminating.
Hardly any discolouration to the clay initially and clay slides slickly over surface, but it sounds gritty...clay although clean had tiny pit holes...fresh clay... Same result.dried part of the bonnet and did baggy test, better than when I started but felt rough. Used bilthamber clay, will try with claycloth Tommorow. So, am planning on machine polishing...will this give the bonnet a smooth feel...or is it a problem with the clay(my technique)?

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Old 07-04-2017, 09:40 PM   #2
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Pictures of the clay would help. I always find that to get BH clay (even the soft version) malleable enough it needs to sit in pretty warm water for five minutes first, and each time I remould it.
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It's in the bin, sorry. No problem moulding tho, but will soak it in warm water Tommorow. Should surface sound gritty after like dozens of passes? half a bar used aswel lol

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Something definitely up with that... Should not be so rough after that many passes. What grade were you using?
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Regular...the clay does glide, after a few passes virtually all grabbyness was removed....but still get that gritty sound?!
Dried paint feels ok,but not as slick as I'd expect. Have a bit of fallout remover left so will start over Tommorow, hate it when I don't know why I'm getting this problem lol

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I use BH soft clay and plenty of lube (warm sudsy water) even though BH Clay can be used with just water. I've got lots of cheap Simoniz shampoo and Supaguard shampoo satchets to use up as clay lube.

Use plenty of lube and soak the clay (small potion cut off from main into warm water). You should hear the gritty sound but then as you work the clay, the surface becomes really smoother an you hear less noise. Like in the video below at 5:31

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I use BH soft clay and plenty of lube (warm sudsy water) even though BH Clay can be used with just water. I've got lots of cheap Simoniz shampoo and Supaguard shampoo satchets to use up as clay lube.

Use plenty of lube and soak the clay (small potion cut off from main into warm water). You should hear the gritty sound but then as you work the clay, the surface becomes really smoother an you hear less noise. Like in the video below at 5:31

Will try it bud...thinking about it, I used water from the hose pipe, so maybe the clay became to hard because of the cold water👍

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It worked👍 couldn't believe the fallout on my bonnet.... Had to use my ads claycloth tho and I inflicted a crap load of marring and a few scratches. Polished with sonax pp on a white hex, didn't want to compound as git rid of 95% of inflicted damage

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Sorry mate what worked in the end? More fallout remover?
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4 hrs to clay a bonnet did you say?

Watch some videos and to help you more.....

De-tar with a dedicate tar remover like carpro tar x the iron remover like iron x then clay with a nice lube to help. Bilt Hamber soft is still a favourite of mine I just like a lube for lubricity. No harm.
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