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    hi folks. just wanted to know is it worth bothering buying a clay kit or do you get the same results using the megs paint cleaner from the megs 3 step system.( which ive got) would like to give claying a go as never used it before, but no point in buying it if ive got a product that does the same thing. cheers all

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    no mate clay bar is miles better leaves the paint work smooth as glass you wont get a finish anywere near it with paint cleaner

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    as steven says i use meguiers brilliant stuff and the smell is brilliant lol

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    A paint cleaner will often be used to cleanse the paint of old wax or sealant products. It will pick up some grime from the paint work but nothing serious. The clay bar will pick up much more stubborn contaminates which bond to the cars paint work over a period of time. I.e iron fall out, tar etc.

    My method is:

    1) Wash car 2BM
    2) De-tar paint work (important before clay stage as you can pick up tar deposits and rub them across the paint!)
    3) Clay paint work (paint should feel slick to touch after)
    4) Cleanse i.e SRP (also fills swirls)
    5) LSP

    The prep is the most important part i.e de-tar, clay and cleanse. These are the stages which will determine the shine of your paint work. The LSP basically adds a protection to seal in your hard work.

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    so if clay is best, and i know everybody isgoing to have their fav but ive been looking at the megs quick clay kit, megs smooth surface clay kit and autoglym clay kit, anyone any opinions on any of these, cheers all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lean6 View Post
    A paint cleaner will often be used to cleanse the paint of old wax or sealant products. It will pick up some grime from the paint work but nothing serious. The clay bar will pick up much more stubborn contaminates which bond to the cars paint work over a period of time. I.e iron fall out, tar etc.

    My method is:

    1) Wash car 2BM
    2) De-tar paint work (important before clay stage as you can pick up tar deposits and rub them across the paint!)
    3) Clay paint work (paint should feel slick to touch after)
    4) Cleanse i.e SRP (also fills swirls)
    5) LSP

    The prep is the most important part i.e de-tar, clay and cleanse. These are the stages which will determine the shine of your paint work. The LSP basically adds a protection to seal in your hard work.
    thanks for advice. is it also a good idea to use a sealer after using the srp?

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    Used both, Autoglym worked best for me. Picked up more contaminates.

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    i have used autoglym tcut and megs and i think megs is the best

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    No probs mate. I have used AG EGP after SRP, it leaves a nice glass like finish and is quite durable. Expect up to 3 months on well prepped paint. At the moment i'm using AG HD wax over SRP and the finish is stunning. Supposed to be very durable, i'm trying it as my winter wax this year.

    I would always use a sealant or wax after SRP as it is mainly a product which can hide swirls due to its slightly abrasive nature, it mainly fills them though. If you don't seal the paint work after SRP the fillers will wash away relatively quickly; swirls and paint defects shall be revealed which were originally hiddeen by the SRP.
    Last edited by Lean6; 13th September 2011 at 22:06. Reason: I'm a nugget!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lean6 View Post
    No probs mate. I have used AG EGP after SRP, it leaves a nice glass like finish and is quite durable. Expect up to 3 months on well prepped paint. At the moment i'm using AG HD wax over SRP and the finish is stunning. Supposed to be very durable, i'm trying it as my winter wax this year.

    I would always use a sealant or wax after SRP as it is mainly a product which can hide swirls due to its slightly abrasive nature, it mainly fills them though. If you don't seal the paint work after SRP the fillers will wash away relatively quickly; swirls and paint defects shall be revealed which were originally hiddeen by the SRP.
    nice one. i norm just give it a good wash and wax every weekend or every other wkend but just before a winter i spend a good few hours giving it a good wash+polish norm then seal it with ag than wax it do the same in the spring. thought i might give a clay bar ago this time. im a big ag fan so may use their clay kit

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