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    Hello everybody! Got a quick question. The other day I was claying the car...half way through I dropped the claybar on the pavement in my driveway!! I was told NEVER to use it once its been dropped it on the floor as stones thats been picked up will scratch the car. As I did not have access to a car care store at the time, I decided to carry on using it once I had re-moulded the clay by rolling and breaking it and forming it into shape again. Was this a bad move? What potential damage could I have caused? What is the likliness damage may be caused, is it almost certain? Has anyone ever done what I've done? Thanks for your help!
     
     

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    You will have to check your paintwork for scratches
     
     

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    The slightest bit of grit [the stuff you cant see] will make one hell of a mess of your paint,get rid and buy a new one.
     
     

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    the gritted claybar is very good at removing any aerosol paint specks that may have landed ( if you are unlucky enough to have pesky aerosol using kids nearby combined with the prevailing wind velocity and direction at the time )
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    You will have to check your paintwork for scratches
    I have checked but I have not spotted anything...Is it very likely this would happen? What I've wondered is...isnt dropping clay on the floor and picking up damaging contaminents the same as picking up hard contaminents off your paintwork and rubbing that around with your clay bar? Sometimes the stuff picked up of the bodywork feels as rough as miniute stones?
     
     

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    You may be lucky and have gotten away with it but I suggest you get rid of the claybar now and don't use it again
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    You may be lucky and have gotten away with it but I suggest you get rid of the claybar now and don't use it again
    Yeah thanks for the advice..I have already discarded it. When the clay bar fell it didnt really like stick to the ground, it just sat on it. The clay bar was a curved shape so not all of it cnnected with the ground. What sort of scratches could it have made, swirl marks or proper scratches? I am going to give the bodywork a proper lookover to check for any damage due to the clay bar.
     
     

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    Depends on how you were claying-more likely proper scratches,swirl marks if you were going in small circles
     
     

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    the perils of clay bars !

    ( I prefer pubs or working men's clubs).

    Hopefully you may have got away with it !
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    Depends on how you were claying-more likely proper scratches,swirl marks if you were going in small circles
    Ok once there is nice sunlight outside I am going to have a detailed look...I never seem to get the perfect light outside for me to see every scratch on the bodywork. I always see some and dont see other, then another day the other disappear but I see other. When is the best weather/time or under what sort of light to check the car for scratches?
     
     

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