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Old 08-16-2015, 11:39 PM
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Does anyone use one? Do they eliminate the need to scrub your vehicle? Just rinse away the foam?

Also is it just as good to lube your Clay bar area with detailer instead of buying expensive ClayLube? What is the most economical, yet safest method of lubing for claying? Something that won't remove sealant or wax... thx
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Some people use regular water with a good quality soap. I still use the regular lube but I switched to a Nano towel. I think they do just as good a job and they are easier to use and last longer. Have not tried a detailer as a lube.
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I've used detail spray as a clay lube- seemed to work perfectly. I think the act of clay baring your paint will in fact remove all wax and sealants- Isn't that the point? To get your paint ready for polish, sealant, wax etc?? I could be wrong.

I've used a foam gun and foam cannon-Sure fun to play with but save your money if you are hoping it will eliminate the need to scrub.
After a good cannon blast with quality soap and a good soak on a not too dirty truck you'll rinse it all down and think you just got a "touchless wash"- Nope- all your drying towels will be covered in grime.
To get it clean- you gotta use a quality mitt and make actual contact with your truck.
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I've used detail spray as a clay lube- seemed to work perfectly. I think the act of clay baring your paint will in fact remove all wax and sealants- Isn't that the point? To get your paint ready for polish, sealant, wax etc?? I could be wrong.

I've used a foam gun and foam cannon-Sure fun to play with but save your money if you are hoping it will eliminate the need to scrub.
After a good cannon blast with quality soap and a good soak on a not too dirty truck you'll rinse it all down and think you just got a "touchless wash"- Nope- all your drying towels will be covered in grime.
To get it clean- you gotta use a quality mitt and make actual contact with your truck.
lol That was my understanding as well Spoiler, but I have seen several adds for several products all stating the clay bar/lube won't remove sealant or wax...HUH? Then again I though using a clay bar to remove bug guts or bird crap seemed a little over kill yet I have seen several videos of people doing just that.

Thanks for the tip on the foam gun, going to pass on that
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I use a foam gun attachment on my pressure washer with a high sud soap and it makes nice foam but I just use it to remove heavy dirt or mud. Then I scrub, rinse and rewash with another soap.
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Greetings,
Silly question, by I can't reach much of my truck body by hand and arthritis doesn't help. Can anyone recommend some king of telescoping brush? I don't want anything that connects to a hose.
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A genuine boars hair wash brush should help and limit wash-induced marring. AutoGeek, Amazon, etc have them along with telescoping poles.

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to remove the wax/sealer, use a soap like dishwashing soap. Car soaps typically won't remove wax. The clay bar is to remove deposits on the paint (tar, bugs, oxidation etc) and will make your paint smooth. If you're gonna wash your truck and don't plan on waxing/claying, then use car soap followed by detail spray.
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About 3 or more times a month, i take my truck to a coin car wash that has Pre Soak Foam
By the time that i have sprayed it completely, i use the regular car soap & water all over & then the Rinse water & a quicky spray wax

At least once a month i take the truck to a regular Car Wash that does detailing
Once every 3 months, i try to get to a body shop to get a complete wax job done with buffers & pads

My customers expect my vehicle to be clean when i show up & believe me when i say that if your vehicle is not clean, word will spread & you will have less companies calling you.
They tend to judge performance first on looks & then on your ability to do the actual job.

I just would like to find a car wash that has the under body wash, the place that had it, still washes cars but stopped using the under carriage wash
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I know the touchless washes use a foam, but they sort of leave a "film" that is noticeable if you rub your finger on the vehicle. Do foam guns leave this also?

I will never go to a brush wash, which is why my vehicles do not have paint swirls.

Car soap usually contains wax to protect your clear coat. I usually clay my vehicles every year or two, apply sealant, and then wax twice. Protecting the clear coat is what will make your paint last, so you need to keep it waxed. Detail spray won't protect as well.
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