Written by Glenn
Moller / Mustangworld.
Cost around $20, available at most autoparts stores like Pep Boys.
Magic clay kit $20 at most auto parts stores.
What is this stuff ?
By now you
have all heard or even seen these "clay" type products on the
market. They have actually been around for almost 10 years in one form
or another. They are available from different car care supply manufacturers
like Mothers and Clay Magic and a few others. Most Pep Boys stores carry
both the Clay Magic and the Mothers clay products. Both systems are virtually
identical and are designed to do the same thing.
wanted to check this stuff out and recently we did. The Clay Magic kit
comes with a 140 gram clay bar, a large bottle of Body Shine detailer
(for lubrication), test glove, a sample size bottle of Wet Wax and a wax
applicator pad. The kit costs around $20.
does this stuff do?
removes small carbon chips and other debris that have embedded itself
into your clearcoat layer or paint. If you feel your stangs paint you
know exactly what we mean. If your stang is a few years old, you probably
notice the paint is still shiny, but it feels rough. Clay Magic removes
these grainy deposits very easily and instantly.
Clean your Stang Rear Bumper !
Yes the stang's rear bumper is a nice collector of carbon chips and buildup
from exhaust, well this clay removes that stuff !
Here is a shot of our 96 GT with nothing but a Clay job, NO WAX applied
at all. We only used the clay.
not modeling clay
Nope, modeling clay won't work :-) but it looks similar and handles like
it, though it's very sticky. It feels like half cured plastic compound
or something. The clay will last a while it mentions and should be able
to do your entire stang 14 - 20 times or so.
do the whole stang, as you will notice, only the horizontal areas of your
stang like the hood, roof, door tops and of course the rear bumper and
decklid will have most of the grainy carbon deposits. The vertical areas
like the sides of your stang should be fairly smooth. But you can remove
debris anywhere. The stuff is real easy to use...
HERE WE GO!
The clay comes wrapped, but you can put it back in it's plastic
case for storage for later use. So take the clay out of the package
and get the lubricant ready. CAREFUL NOT TO DROP THE CLAY on the
your car with soap and water, you might use a mild dish soap to
strip any wax off as well if you wish. We dried our stang after
wards, but the directions say it's not needed.
Spray on the lubricant (which is basically a 5 minute detailer spritz).
Do one area at a time. If you run out of this stuff you can use
other brand spray detailers, just note that you need to do this
to lube the area so the clay can slide over the paint. The clay
Now take the clay and put it where you sprayed. CAREFUL NOT TO DROP
THE CLAY on the floor. This little sucker can slide and slip out
of your hands if you are not careful. If you drop the clay on the
floor you pretty much have to throw it away. You can't risk a grain
of dirt getting in there and ruining your paint.
Now use it just like an eraser, but not in a circular fashion,
just back and forth. Use more spray if needed to slick up the
notice the spray is clear when first applied, but our paint had
so many carbon chips (invisible ! ) it ran a dark brown afterwards...
amazing considering we thought our stang was very clean to begin
Ahhh.. the rear bumper, after a while you will have the clay bar
in all kinds of shapes. It's recommended to fold it and re shape
it after each section. Here we shaped it to fit the molding and
get those spots off the bumper ! It works.
to spend extra time on the bumper, but it did remove 90% of all
the deposits. We only wish we did this a year ago, because some
carbon deposits have left little brown deposits that we will need
to remove with compound wax and buffing.
We are real neat freaks, so we are talking microscopic stuff here.
is our stang again with only the clay job on it (same photo as way above
repeated down here for closing comments :-). No wax at all. After
you are done with doing your whole stang, you can apply a wax of your
choice. The kit came with some yellow Carnuba looking stuff, so we used
that to protect the surface afterwards, though in the photo above there
is no wax on it. Clay Magic and we recommend a wax job after the clay
job for sure to protect the surface.
We think Clay Magic is great. Again, we were not paid to say so. Though
$20 seems high for this stuff, it's WELL worth it. Many high end car
wax makers recommend using clay before applying their product and for
good reason, it works. Feel your stang BEFORE and AFTER the clay procedure,
you will really be amazed at how smooth your stang feels afterwards.
While your stang will still look similar to before, claying will add
a slight new luster and smoothness to your clear coat. We went with
Clay Magic because we noticed the clay bar was 140 grams, a little more
than what other makers were including in their kits (80 grams average).
! Til Next time...
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