Clay Pad- Now with pics.

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Clay Pad- Now with pics.

Post by Giles » Mon 16 Feb, 2009 1:41 pm

Spent Sunday morning "Claying" and waxing my wifes E430. I have to say that it worked wonders. It removed 10 years of road grim and old waxes and got to the clear coat which made a great foudation to re-wax. If I hadn't have used it myself I wouldn't have beleived how well it works. :D I will post a pic. soon of the result.

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Re: Clay Pad

Post by Dweezil » Mon 16 Feb, 2009 10:49 pm

Do we know if claying works on 70's paint jobs? How much did it cost, where did you get it etc etc.

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Re: Clay Pad

Post by Hendrik » Tue 17 Feb, 2009 8:18 am

Dweezil wrote:Do we know if claying works on 70's paint jobs? How much did it cost, where did you get it etc etc.

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Well it works on my 123, most good auto parts places should carry a clay kit.
Basically it is a non abrasive scrubbing tool that picks up stuff ordinary cleaning won't and gives the paint a mirror like feel.
It is interesting to do a section and then compare it (by feel) to an non clayed area.

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Re: Clay Pad

Post by SimonE200 » Tue 17 Feb, 2009 2:01 pm

If you put your hand inside a plastic bag (which accentuates the defects) and run it over your panels you can really feel the difference between the clayed and non-clayed areas.

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Re: Clay Pad

Post by Giles » Tue 17 Feb, 2009 2:22 pm

Cost was about $45 and came in a kit form which includes a clay pad (looks like a firm yellow plastacine), a bottle of spray detailing lubricant and a small bottle of liquid wax. They state it would be enough to do three cars, I reckon one mid and one large sedan, which suited me nicely.
I did a blind test with my wife and two daughters to see if they could tell which panel has been clayed and they scored 100% each time. No plecebo effect, just a confirmed result.
I would think that if your cars paintwork is mildly better than average its going to make a difference. Thank you Mothers for the detailing kit!
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1981 500SLC (Colour Black) Keeper car 'Lola' walks like woman, talks like a man
1999 E430 Avantgarde Royal Indigo (Colour 339) Mums Taxi 'Claudia'
1975 280CE Signal Red (Colour 568H) Project 'Ginger'
1980 C107 Classic White (resto project) 'Marilyn'
1999 W163 ML430 MB Search & Rescue Vehicle
1978 C107 350SLC Red 'Scarlett' the parts car. Quite frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
http://www.kudoscc.com.au

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Re: Clay Pad

Post by kaiser » Wed 18 Feb, 2009 10:50 am

Would love to see pics if they do it justice?
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Re: Clay Pad- Now with pics.

Post by Giles » Thu 19 Feb, 2009 12:04 pm

See pics now on original post. Will clay my 300SEL this weekend. The paint work on the W126 is better than the W210 so it should come up pretty good.

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1981 500SLC (Colour Black) Keeper car 'Lola' walks like woman, talks like a man
1999 E430 Avantgarde Royal Indigo (Colour 339) Mums Taxi 'Claudia'
1975 280CE Signal Red (Colour 568H) Project 'Ginger'
1980 C107 Classic White (resto project) 'Marilyn'
1999 W163 ML430 MB Search & Rescue Vehicle
1978 C107 350SLC Red 'Scarlett' the parts car. Quite frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
http://www.kudoscc.com.au

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Re: Clay Pad- Now with pics.

Post by SimonE200 » Thu 19 Feb, 2009 12:41 pm

Looks really good, Giles.

Just remember, if you drop the clay then throw it because one tiny piece of dirt can scratch your paint. Also, use plenty of lubricant.

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Re: Clay Pad- Now with pics.

Post by rockysmate62 » Sun 20 Dec, 2009 10:40 pm

:D Hi Gents. I know this post is fairly old, but thought I'd mention I used the Maguirers Clay Pad Kit yesterday and was very impressed with its ability to get all that muck off the duco. Did the whole car, but used up all the pad doing so. I then used a colour restorer/ wax from Maguirers and it also did a brillant job. About 2hrs and $120 well spent ! Cheers :)
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