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Claybar vs. Scratch Dr.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kb1jop, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Jun 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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    Had some scuffs [not scratched paint] that needed taking care of. Nothing I've found works really well. I already had some Scratch Dr. so I tried that first and that does a decent job. In another untouched area, the claybar kit did virtually nothing. Scratch Dr. was much better at scouring the area and [although not completely] covering up the scuffs. Much cheaper and easier to work with also. In my opinion, the Mother's claybar kit was a complete waste of $22. I did follow the directions exactly.
     
  2. Jun 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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    I don't think a clay bar is for removing scratches.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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  4. Jun 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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    Well I got that "common misconception" from advertising and even more so from posts on this forum.
    :confused:
     
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    Correct. Clay bar is not for removing scatches. It takes off crap off that has gotten onto the vehicle (tar, bugs, residue, etc). You need a polishing compound to get scratches out, depending on the depth of the scratch, of course. The test for scratch depth is your fingernail. If it catches on the scratch, it is deep and will need a more aggressive approach. Not sure what that would be.
    I am not a pro. Those are just my thoughts on this.
    May one of the guys that does this all the time will weigh in. They would know for sure.
     
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    Megiuar's Scratch-X 2 worked pretty well for me for some minor scratches. I tried it first with just a microfiber cloth, then went back with some cotton disks that stuck to a velcro handle. The cotton buffing pads are at least 10x better than just a cloth, I wouldn't even try it without them anymore.

    As for the clay bar, you need to do that first to prep the surface for the polish.
     
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  9. Jun 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM
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    As others have stated clay bar will not remove a scratch. Clay bar removes surface contaminents. Bug guts, tar, tree sap, paint overspray, etc.
     
  10. Jun 27, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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    HA! Funny you should post that website. I am wearing a detailed image t-shirt right now. I buy all my detail products through them.

    What the op needs to do is polish the site with a random orbital (since he's already washed and clay barred it) and some polish. If it's a surface scratch, it will do the trick.
     
  11. Jun 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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    ^^ what he said! Clay bars are gooey magic but in their intended use. Now they make a different clay bar for windshields that I hear works very well.
     
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    Ha!! How much stuff do you have to buy to get a free t-shirt?? :D
     
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    I just tried this and it didn't work, but I only used the cloths that came with the kit...
     
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    Well... I have the Flex random orbital, and I got pads, wash mitts, microfiber towels, polishes, waxes, sealants, etc.

    So... a grip, I guess. But when I had my G it was always shiny. I've clayed and polished my wife's ES 350 a couple times already. It's only 2 years old, but it looks like I just bought it. Probably because she always runs off with my commuter and leaves it in the garage. :mad:
     
  16. Jun 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM
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    They should probably throw in a free hat then too. Haha

    I'm having paint work done on my Audi this week. As soon as it's fully cured, it's getting the clay bar treatment.
     

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