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    Hey guys
    My brother gave me an autoglym clay bar kit as a christmas present, he told me that he read some reviews and the autoglym stuff came up with the best reviews.
    Now i am not hugely into cleaning as such, if im pushing the boat out i might crack out the polish.

    Anyways, what sort of advice can you give to a first timer

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    as above loads of lube,

    make sure you keep turning the clay to get a clean bit

    tbh its not really that hard, start on the bonnne as its easier, spray some lube on then move the clay over the lubed area try and do small areas at once like a 12inch square

    what colour is the car?
     
     

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    just use a small jug with water and a little washing up liquid just keep dunkin it in there....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sam1832 View Post
    as above loads of lube,

    make sure you keep turning the clay to get a clean bit

    tbh its not really that hard, start on the bonnet as its easier, spray some lube on then move the clay over the lubed area try and do small areas at once like a 12inch square

    what colour is the car?
    thanks for the advice, cleaning is one thing but going past a sponge and a bucket it all seems to be a bit of a dark art to me. I thought it would be better to get some advice before i dive in

    the coupe is cosmos schwartz (sp?) or met black, the kit contains clay, lube (cheeky), super resin polish, polishing cloth and a microfibre cloth. i know that there are swirl marks everywhere, would the clay bar take some of these out at all?
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    the clay bar will take no swirl marks out,

    and to be honest will probably show more up,

    the clay will pull all the polish and fillers out of the exsiting swirls that you cant see and you will now be able to see them,

    if it was a lighter colour it would be fine to clay it, but as its dark i would leave it just polish it by hand with the SRP

    to remove the swirles you will need to machine polish it after claying
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam1832 View Post
    the clay bar will take no swirl marks out,

    and to be honest will probably show more up,

    the clay will pull all the polish and fillers out of the exsiting swirls that you cant see and you will now be able to see them,

    if it was a lighter colour it would be fine to clay it, but as its dark i would leave it just polish it by hand with the SRP

    to remove the swirles you will need to machine polish it after claying
    thanks again for the advice
    the swirls marks aren't really posing a problem to be honest, the car is going for paint next year but thats good to know
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    well that would be better than a machine polish lol

    if you spend some time with the srp you will get really good results from it by hand, it has silicone in it which acts as a filler and will hide the swirl marks and light scratches really well,

    i got the cleaning bug a few months after getting my bmw, and what started as a bucket, sponge and car shampoo has now turned into a box, two buckets and a bag full of cleaning bits ranginf from wash mits to machine polisher and clay to wax lol an addiction

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    I used it for the first time in july and it was very easy to use just try not to do it on a really hot day the lube seems the dry very quick. If you drop the clay bar on the floor you are best off throwing it away as it will pick up the smallest stones.


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    Use lots of lube, use only very light fingertip pressure so as to avoid marring, keep a bowl of very warm water next to you (Keep the clay in it to keep it soft), split the clay into smaller lumps and alternate them throughout the process (swap which one is in the warm water and which one your using), use lots of lube some more! and take your time, try to avoid doing it in direct sunlight & work in small areas.

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