Details about clay bar for cleaning a car body


In this article, we will talk in more detail about the clay bar for cleaning a car body. About some points of its application, about what gradations of synthetic clay are. Also, consider some facts about clay for detailing. Synthetic clay for the car has become a truly important tool for regular thorough cleaning of the body.


Clay bar for detailing has been around for quite some time. Many motorists have heard about it and even roughly imagine what the principle of its action is. In this article, we will examine in more detail what synthetic clay bar can do, what it cannot, what its limitations are.

What can clay bar do for body cleaning?

The main purpose of clay bar for detailing is cleaning paintwork (as well as glass). It is designed to effectively remove adhered and stuck particles of dirt on a painted surface and glass. If the clay bar is used correctly to clean the body, then it practically does not touch the paintwork surface, but glides over it, thanks to a thin layer of a special lubricant (clay spray or lubricant).

The advantage of using clay bar for detailing over traditional abrasive polishing or cleaning wax is that the clay is faster to process and does not remove a layer of paint or clear coat. Other alternative body cleaners contain chemicals and abrasives that thin and wear over multiple applications.

Synthetic clay bar for cleaning the body does not eliminate the imperfections of paint and clear coat, such as scratches, chips, and also does not add shine to the car body. It carefully and at the same time delicately cleans the car paintwork.

A synthetic clay bar can be used as a means to clean the body of contaminants before polishing. It will well prepare the paintwork surface for polishing. During the process, there will be no problem of getting hard particles under the polishing disc that could scratch the paintwork.

Some other benefits of the clay bar.

There are several additional benefits of using a clay bar for detailing, which arise from the main. The most noticeable improvement after using clay is the smoothness of the paint. You can polish the machine for hours, but you won’t achieve such smoothness, pleasant to the touch, as after several minutes of clay processing.

Another advantage is that further protective treatment of the car body with wax becomes more efficient and easy. The wax glides and polishes well after the clay is applied to the body.

Assessment of the painted surface before applying synthetic clay.

How do you understand whether it is worth applying clay in a particular case? After a thorough manual washing of the car body, sweep your hand over the car body, try to feel how smooth the surface is. If you feel irregularities in the form of small elevations, then these are particles of pollution that have eaten into the paint. Removing these particles (road bitumen, residues from raindrops, dusting from sprayed paint, dust from brake pads, etc.) is the direct purpose of the synthetic clay bar.

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How to use a clay bar to clean a car body?

Using a clay bar for detailing is not difficult. Before use, thoroughly wash the body. The machine must not be in direct sunlight. It is desirable that the place where the car will be processed is cool so that the clay spray does not immediately evaporate after spraying. In addition, synthetic clay can soften at high temperatures, which will reduce its effectiveness.

How to use a clay bar to clean a car body?

Before applying clay bar, spray a special lubricant on a small area of the body surface and rub the surface with its movements back and forth. It is necessary to apply light or medium pressure. As soon as the lubricant begins to dry, you need to spray it again. As mentioned above, clay should slide on the surface. Claying clay is sticky and should not be used dry.

using a clay bar to clean a car body

After completing the clay cleaning for detailing, you need to wipe the remaining lubricant with a microfiber towel. As with waxing, it is best to clean in small segments. It is necessary to periodically check the clay for the presence of solid particles of contamination. If detected, they need to be removed from clay. It is necessary to develop a habit, periodically knead synthetic clay for cleaning the body, so that a new segment of the body is processed with a clean part of the clay.

No need to drop the clay bar on the ground. If it is very clogged, then it can only be thrown away. Synthetic clay has a limit on the number of cleanings that should not be exceeded. After finishing the body treatment with clay for detailing, you need to wash it to wash off the remnants of the lubricant used with clay.

the clay barSynthetic clay bar for detailing can be used not only for the body. It can clean any smooth hard surfaces, including glass and chrome parts. Do not use clay bar for plastic headlights. When the clay bar for detailing is contaminated in order and is not safe for use on the body, then it can safely be used on glasses. The contaminated clay bar will not damage the glass and remove the film of pollution from the glass. An old, contaminated clay bar can also be used to clean wheel disks. It will be able to remove stubborn dirt.

Facts about synthetic clay for detailing.

  • If synthetic clay bar is dropped on the ground, as already mentioned, it is better to throw it away, since solid particles adhering to it can scratch the paint. Again, it all depends on how dirty it is.

  • Do I need to polish the machine if it has already been treated with clay for detailing? Clay bar cleaning does not preclude a procedure such as polishing. Abrasive polishing removes or smoothes out small scratches, traces of dried water and other minor defects. Clay bar just cleans the paint. The use of a clay bar for detailing on a car with new paintwork will help for a long time not to resort to abrasive polishing.

  • Is it possible to use soapy water or just a special spray, like a lubricant for clay bar? In principle, soapy water copes with the function of a lubricant, but some experts believe that it can adversely affect clay components. If you need to quickly clean the car body, you can use a bucket of soapy water, and for thorough, leisurely, high-quality cleaning, you need to use a special lubricant spray for synthetic clay.

How and where is it better to store clay for cleaning a car body?

Some manufacturers complete clay bar with a special plastic container. Then it must be stored in it so that it does not allow dry. If there is no such container, then you can store it in a plastic bag that closes tightly, or adapt some tightly closed container. Does clay bar for detailing remove protective wax from the car body? In most cases, a synthetic clay bar will erase wax protection. Some protective compositions are quite resistant to clay bar for detailing, most of these coatings are erased by clay.

Clay bar gradation for detailing.

Fine clay bar

This is the easiest clay bar to use, as it is the softest of all gradations. Such a clay bar is intended for not very polluted surfaces but is not suitable for removing resin from tree buds and paint polishes. The use of a clay bar for detailing of the Fine gradation will be sufficient if you regularly clean the surface of the body with it and it is in a “not started” state.

Medium clay bar

It is a more aggressive clay bar than the previous type. It is more resilient and dense and can remove stubborn dirt and particles that clay bar can not cope with for detailing of Fine. At the microscopic level, such a clay bar can even slightly affect the paint itself. After applying Medium Grade Clay Bar, subsequent polishing is required.

Heavy clay bar

Synthetic clay bar of such a gradation is not recommended for frequent use. It copes well with the dusting of the paint, which flew into an uncoated area when painting the car body and can also clean other, difficult to remove dirt. While this clay bar is considered aggressive for paintwork, it is perfect for the wheels and glass of a car. Heavy clay will not harm these coatings, even with frequent use. Before applying such clay bar on painted body surfaces, make sure that you cannot cope with dirt using softer clay bar (Fine or Medium).


For universal use, you can choose clay bar for detailing gradation Medium. It is quite soft and supple, unlike Heavy clay bar, and more effective than Fine clay bar.