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Old 31-10-2020, 11:40 AM   #1
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Clay cloth

Lets talk clay cloths. How do you care for and store them in between uses? I imagine you can’t put them in the washer. Also how many uses do they last for??

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Old 31-10-2020, 01:54 PM   #2
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Lets talk clay cloths. How do you care for and store them in between uses? I imagine you can’t put them in the washer. Also how many uses do they last for??

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I was definitely sceptical of these till I tried one, and I must say it did a superb job on a totally neglected 6 year old Audi and got the paint silky smooth under a plastic bag test. As with any clay, lots and lots of lubrication is critical for safe use, but also for releasing some of the debris from the "clay". I wasn't sure what to do afterwards either, but ended up dropping it in my wash bucket and giving t a thorough wash out. Then again with a bit of APC and then rinsing it well. Hang to dry. Do not wash in the washer or tumble dry. Should get plenty of uses out of a cloth, but ultimately you have to use your own judgement on when to bin and replace it.
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I was definitely sceptical of these till I tried one, and I must say it did a superb job on a totally neglected 6 year old Audi and got the paint silky smooth under a plastic bag test. As with any clay, lots and lots of lubrication is critical for safe use, but also for releasing some of the debris from the "clay". I wasn't sure what to do afterwards either, but ended up dropping it in my wash bucket and giving t a thorough wash out. Then again with a bit of APC and then rinsing it well. Hang to dry. Do not wash in the washer or tumble dry. Should get plenty of uses out of a cloth, but ultimately you have to use your own judgement on when to bin and replace it.
This! Pretty much exactly what I was thinking/ ended up doing. I used mine to do glass only on the other halfs utterly abused Audi for window sealant. Works a charm really and a lot less faff than an actual clay bar and lube. Just used the suds from the wash bucket.
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I have a G3 mitt, plus an AS clay cloth, which when dry we stick to some kitchen greaseproof paper.

These initial cloths from Japan were £40 so more value for money now.

Just use plenty of lube I use car shampoo plus water.

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As above, used the G3 clay mitt and it’s done a great job, use shampoo (good strong mix) as a lube, regularly dunk and let the mitt glide over without pressure.

Wash it thoroughly when done, rinse, remove as much water as possible, then hang up to dry. Once dry I use the piece of cellophane to cover the ‘clay’ and pop back in the bag.
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As above, I just fill my wash bucket with warm soapy water and regularly dunk the mitt back in to top up on lube and also wash any debris off.

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Anybody had any marring at all with these clay mitts?
Never tried one yet, looking for something during a decon of ceramic coated paint, hoping to avoid polishing.
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Anybody had any marring at all with these clay mitts?
Never tried one yet, looking for something during a decon of ceramic coated paint, hoping to avoid polishing.

Some say they have / do, I’ve not had any issues...
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Anybody had any marring at all with these clay mitts?
Never tried one yet, looking for something during a decon of ceramic coated paint, hoping to avoid polishing.
Yes in short, always use on glass first and if you think its damaged or worn out just get rid, I know the marring is easily sortable but better to not really have to deal with it, I think some are better than others. I heard the Art De Shine ones are good but cant find the mitt in stock anywhere. I prefer the mitt to the Cloth now. The cloth has more surface area but if you don't use grease proof paper some of mine have bonded themselves together when you fold or roll them up for storage, getting it apart requires some soaking and patience.

The speed is great compared to a regular clay bar, care still required and usually use clay bar first time I buy a used car and then clay cloth/mitt after that. I use mine with ONR rather than regular shampoo. If you did get marring on a ceramic'd car after claying Car Pro Essence Plus could be worth looking at possibly
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I'll give my cloth a thorough rinse in a bucket of water.
Then leave hanging over the edge of a bucket to drip dry.
Then fold loosely in half so the clay sides contact as little as possible with each other and place in a box.

Used to use a G3 mitt but now use a Tac Systems clay cloth which is so much easier and flexible to use and follow the contours of the car.

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