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Old 15-05-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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Claying wheels

I recently bought a g3 clay mitt and have done the car. Very impressed having never clayed before thinking I'd make a mess of the car and actually coming out with no marring and smooth paint was nice!

Question here is if i clay my wheels that are now off the car and filthy will this ruin my mitt for using on paint again? Also whats the best way to wash it, in a washing maching with the rest of my cloths ect.??

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Old 15-05-2017, 12:55 PM   #2
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I recently bought a g3 clay mitt and have done the car. Very impressed having never clayed before thinking I'd make a mess of the car and actually coming out with no marring and smooth paint was nice!

Question here is if i clay my wheels that are now off the car and filthy will this ruin my mitt for using on paint again? Also whats the best way to wash it, in a washing maching with the rest of my cloths ect.??

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As a precaution, I probably woudn't use the same clay mitt on wheels as I would on the car. Even with the best wash techniques, the risk of dragging sharp brake dust over the car would be too much for me. I use separate clay bars for the wheels on my own cars.

From an ergonomics perspective, I preferred the clay bar for wheels than a mitt as I could manipulate the shape of the bar to get into all of the crevices.

In terms of cleaning the mitt, I just rinse it in the sink.
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Old 15-05-2017, 01:52 PM   #3
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Thats what i thought tbh, i may just get a Bilt Hamber clay bar then as I feel more comfortable using clay now and can see the benefits of a bar over mitt aswell so will come in handy.
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Old 15-05-2017, 02:05 PM   #4
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They each have their own uses (mitt / cloth vs bar) but for most wheels the bar will be easier to handle.

I would also agree 100% with jr's point about cross contamination. The risk might be low but rubbing brake dust on your paint is going to make a terrible mess if you're unlucky enough to get some on your clay mitt or whatever.
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As a precaution, I probably woudn't use the same clay mitt on wheels as I would on the car. Even with the best wash techniques, the risk of dragging sharp brake dust over the car would be too much for me. I use separate clay bars for the wheels on my own cars.

From an ergonomics perspective, I preferred the clay bar for wheels than a mitt as I could manipulate the shape of the bar to get into all of the crevices.

In terms of cleaning the mitt, I just rinse it in the sink.

when your clay is No good for the paint keep it for your wheels.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:09 PM   #6
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Is it only me that treats clay as a consumable? If it’s ok to use clay that has been used on paint on wheels but not vice versa then aren’t we acknowledging that used clay has at least some level of contamination in it? So should it be reused? How would you determine if it were too contaminated or still safe?

For me the risk combined with the relatively low cost of clay means it’s not worth it, especially when it’s not my car I’m working on. My own vehicles are only clayed once a year, or the odd bit if I have to machine something. I can easily do four average sized cars out of a bar of BH making it 3 quid a pop.

Same goes for wheels, a bar is easier to use on the relatively small areas of wheel compared to a mitt and you really don’t need very much at all, doing a full clean and fallout/tar decon first really helps, but the clay should pull out everything else and give you a really good surface to put something like a ceramic on to.
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