Auto-clay removes harmful contamination from vehicle paint finishes, improving durability and increasing the gloss level of subsequent waxes.
Contamination can consist of tiny metallic particles from brake dust and industrial fallout or non-metallic substances such as tree sap, bird droppings or insect residue. It affects all paint finishes and can cause serious damage when left untreated. Even brand-new vehicles can suffer from paint contamination.
Metallic contamination is the worst offender – whilst embedded in the paint’s surface it corrodes and expands, leading to the onset of paint film destruction. Paint contamination can be felt as a rough or gritty texture on the freshly cleaned paint’s surface. To assess the degree of contamination on your car’s finish simply rub your fingers gently over the freshly washed paint – to magnify the sensation place a piece of cellophane beneath your finger tips and gently rub back and forth – if your paint needs to be clayed you will feel the gritty texture. It is usual to find that horizontal panels such as bonnet, roof and boot lid are the most affected.
Auto-clay removes these particles effortlessly from contaminated surfaces leaving a glass-smooth ultra clean finish, perfectly prepared for the application of Auto-balm gloss protection system. A clay prepared paint surface is not only free of damaging particles but will provide better shine and durability when treated with Auto-balm, or any other quality car wax.
Unlike many other clays on the market, Auto-clay is formulated to use normal tap water for lubrication. Some clay bars contain surfactants such as powdered detergents or soaps and long-term use of these can have adverse effects on paint systems – Auto-clay contains no surfactants, detergents, soaps or other soluble materials.
Grit contamination cannot be removed by washing, waxing or polishing. Cutting compounds remove a thin layer of paint but still leave the grit behind. Auto-clay is a superior synthetic clay bar which effortlessly lifts contamination from paint surfaces, leaving them super smooth. It also comes in a neat plastic box for storage between uses.
“Auto-clay is the first one we’ve tried that can be used with water. Most need a special lubricant. We were surprised to find it more effective than the others too, as it looks and feels almost identical.”
Car Mechanics, July 2005
Increases gloss when wax added
Surfactant, detergent and soap free
Uses plain tap water as lubricant
200g bar storage box