Car Clay products
Car clay products are essential for keeping your car’s paint in excellent condition. Claying a car removes contaminants from the paint surface, such as industrial fallout, bird droppings, bugs, and tree sap. There are several types of car clay products available, each with its unique benefits.
Clay bars are the most traditional and widely used type of clay product. They are made from a soft, malleable material that is designed to pick up and remove contaminants without damaging the paint. Clay bars come in various sizes and grades, fine to coarse. They are easy to use, but can be time-consuming, as you have to knead the bar to expose a clean surface as you go along. Furthermore, if a clay bar is dropped it must be trashed, as the contaminants it picked up from the ground could scratch your paint.
Clay mitts are similar to clay bars, but they are shaped like a mitt, making it easier to hold and handle. It is a mitt that is coated in a synthetic clay-like material. They are a great alternative for those who find using a clay bar difficult or uncomfortable and offer the advantage of covering more surface area in a shorter amount of time than a clay bar. They are also more durable than clay bars, making them last longer. Clay mitts can come as standalone clay mitts or a combination wash and clay mitt, making a wash and clay detail more efficient.
Clay towels are like clay mitts, but they are shaped like a towel, also making them easy to hold and handle. They are made from a microfiber material that is coated in a synthetic clay-like substance. Clay towels are easy to use and similar to clay mitts, they can cover more surface area in a shorter amount of time than traditional clay bars. Additionally, they are gentle on the paint, making them a great option for cars with delicate paintwork.
A clay sponge is a type of car clay product that combines the convenience of a sponge with the effectiveness of a clay bar. It is made from a synthetic material, often foam, which is coated in a clay-like substance. The sponge is easy to use, and it can remove surface contaminants without scratching the paint. The sponge’s texture can also remove stubborn contaminants with ease.
Clay pads are another type of car clay product that is similar to clay mitts. They are typically made of foam and are coated with a clay-like material. Clay pads are often designed to be used with a dual action polisher, though using them in that way takes skill to not mar the paint. Alternatively, using them by hand is easy and can cover more surface area than a clay bar. Pair it with MaxShine’s Hand Pad Holder and it greatly reduces hand fatigue that may occur most other clay products.
Unlike clay bar, most clay bar alternative products can be reused if dropped. They just need to be rinsed thoroughly first.
Sometimes referred to as Clay Spray, Iron Remover sprays are a contactless way to remove contaminants from a painted surface. Though they can’t remove fully embedded contaminants like clay products can, they are best when used in conjunction with clay in order to remove any residual contamination clay products left behind.
Clay lube is a liquid spray that is designed to be used in conjunction with a clay product, making the claying process faster, more efficient, and reduces marring of the paint. Lubrication is imperative when claying. Many use car wash soap, though Clay Lube has been specifically formulated with lubrication polymers to for this specific process.
In conclusion, car clay products are essential for maintaining a car’s paintwork. There are several types of car clay products available, and all are great options for removing surface contaminants. When choosing a car clay product, consider the type of contaminants you need to remove, the size of the surface area, and the delicacy of the paintwork.