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Yup! You can go to most auto parts places and purchase a Meguiars kit for about that price.

"Meguiars Smooth Surface™ Clay Kit includes two 50 g clay bars, Quik Detailer® clay lubricant, Cleaner Wax sample and Meguiar's® Supreme Shine® Microfiber Towel"

Definitely a great idea! Works on paint, windows, wheels, exhaust, etc.
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Ok, so yesterday I was bored and decided to clay bar my truck. This was my first time using a clay bar and I have to say the results were impressive. After waxing the truck, I stood back admiring my handiwork and I noticed the waterspots on the glass that I never could quite get rid of. Then it hit me - why not give it a try? I took the clay bar to the glass on my truck and viola! no more water spots and the windows are now slicker than they've ever been. I finished off the job by removing the residue with Invisible Glass and hit the windshield with coat of Rain-x. Then I moved on to the chrome grille and hit it with the clay bar as well. Same result - a smooth, shiny finish. Who knew?!
I've read about this stuff here a bit, but have never tried it myself. Sounds like I may be missing out. Did you discover anything about it you consider cautionary....or produced undesirable results?
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I've read about this stuff here a bit, but have never tried it myself. Sounds like I may be missing out. Did you discover anything about it you consider cautionary....or produced undesirable results?
Clay bar does, infact, remove surface contaminants, waxes, etc from the paint. Which does mean that all of your scratches and swirls will be fully visible. For your paint to look its best, polish the paint after using a clay bar, or wax immediately after. A clay bar does drag across the surface and can product extremely fine marring on the finish, so just be sure to keep the surface lubed VERY well, and pick any crap out of the clay as you go, as well as refolding the clay every new area you do. You can look up proper techniques online, but it is generally safe and foolproof.
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Clay bar does, infact, remove surface contaminants, waxes, etc from the paint. Which does mean that all of your scratches and swirls will be fully visible. For your paint to look its best, polish the paint after using a clay bar, or wax immediately after. A clay bar does drag across the surface and can product extremely fine marring on the finish, so just be sure to keep the surface lubed VERY well, and pick any crap out of the clay as you go, as well as refolding the clay every new area you do. You can look up proper techniques online, but it is generally safe and foolproof.
Since my truck is essentially brand new, these are comforting words. Every time I wash it, I notice a few minor surface imperfections, and a number of them have already disappeared through normal washing....but it would be nice to just remove them all. I guess it's time for me to get a clay bar, and try an inconspicuous spot.....like under the floor pan....and continue as confidence improves.

What really interests me is Randy's comment about the windows. Here in Bugsville, my windshield gets so bad, that it take half a winter with an ice scraper to finally remove all bug remains....so if there is an alternate solution that's capable of removing the water stains....it will likely work like a champ on the bugs!
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Just make sure hte bar stays lubed with something so it doesnt peel itself apart. It couldn't be easier to use unless it came with a bikini clad woman (or Chippendale if your a woman or gay man) to do it for you while you sit back, drink a beer and watch.
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