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Clay Bars

Old 10-09-11, 06:37 PM
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Clay Bars

Anyone here clay bars their bike? Before a wax session?
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Old 10-09-11, 06:45 PM
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It's a car thing...I have no clue why anyone would do it to a bike.

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Old 10-09-11, 06:52 PM
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makes sense to me, if your bike has a fancy paint job why not wax it, and if you're waxing it why not clay beforehand?
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clay bars are for tuff road grime...I wouldn't think its necessary for a bike. I use to use the blue and red bars for road paint on cars and tar.
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Old 10-09-11, 07:54 PM
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I only use potpourri.
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Old 10-09-11, 08:05 PM
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clearly some of you aren't riding enough
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Old 10-09-11, 08:17 PM
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Totally overkill. Clay bar is somewhere between cleaner wax and rubbing compound.
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Old 10-09-11, 08:20 PM
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I've used Meguires overspray clay when painting with two-part clear coat. It works amazingly well for that. I don't see why you'd use it or something similarly for routine cleaning.
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Old 10-09-11, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by pdedes View Post
clearly some of you aren't riding enough
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Old 10-09-11, 08:36 PM
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I just ride my bike through the drive through carwash at the gas station.
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Old 10-09-11, 09:12 PM
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do you guys handwax or use some kind of machine polisher?
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Old 10-09-11, 09:19 PM
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Old 10-09-11, 09:25 PM
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I do however claymore threads like this sometime.

like the bunny response, very funny
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I think it sounds like a great idea. It's the most abrasive thing you can use without creating more problems than you solve. In fact, now that you mentioned this, I'm going to clay bar my bike the next chance I get. And wax it.
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I rode some clay trails on the MTB.
Very messy.
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Clay needs to "float" over the paint surface on a film of detailing spray. That works on relatively flat surfaces like those of a car. I don't think it will work well on the round surfaces of a bike. Clay can damage paint if it doesn't float. I've tried it on the inside of car wheels that had tar spots and it removed some of the paint. Don't use it on your bike.
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Originally Posted by haaseg View Post
Totally overkill. Clay bar is somewhere between cleaner wax and rubbing compound.
Not quite, clay does not correct or protect. It strictly cleans and removes embedded contaminants. I see no reason not to clay, nor do I really see a reason to care. If you have the time to clay you have the time to ride.
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Old 10-10-11, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by max power View Post
makes sense to me, if your bike has a fancy paint job why not wax it, and if you're waxing it why not clay beforehand?
I fail to see why I would want to wax my bike, let alone clay bar it. Car yes, bike no.
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Old 10-10-11, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by max power View Post
makes sense to me, if your bike has a fancy paint job why not wax it, and if you're waxing it why not clay beforehand?
Because claybars are for removing impacted dirt and oxidation... something that's caused by much harsher environments than your average dentist bike ever sees.

Claybaring your bike is a waste of time.
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
I just ride my bike through the drive through carwash at the gas station.
this also works at MAACO so that your hair, skin and kit all match the color of your bike.
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Daing thang is a tool, not a jewel.
- Wipe it down with a damp cloth.
- Dry it.
- Ride it!



Obviously, YMMV...
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