The clay bar is a great tool to super clean your paint and get it ready for any paint correction process and ceramic coating, or even a simple wax application. Claying your car is very simple, but there are a few helpful tips and a pro step-by-step process that we provide here to help you achieve the best results possible!
What Is A Clay Bar?
Pictured above, a traditional clay bar.
An automotive clay bar is a resin and clay mixture that’s used to remove contaminants and pollutants from the surface of your car’s paint, glass, fiberglass, and metal. Detailing clay can be found in two forms: natural and synthetic. Just like waxes, the original clay bar was natural. However, synthetic clay mitts are most common these days for both professionals and enthusiasts thanks to their ease of use, great results, and durability.
Clay Bar Grades
Just like polishing pads, not all clay bars are the same. Each clay bar can have a different clay and resin composite, providing it with different grades of aggressiveness. For example, clay bars can be made especially for light contamination that can be found on newer vehicles, while other more aggressive clay bars are made for removing heavy contamination such as overspray or tree sap. The more aggressive the clay bar, the heavier contamination it can remove - but at a cost. Clay bars require friction to grab hold of contamination and remove it from the surface, which means they also cause some light marring and scratching. That's why, after a clay bar service, the vehicle is typically polished to remove any type of scratching.
What Are Clay Bar Kits?
Clay bar kits provide you everything you need to properly clay bar your car. The main items typically found in a clay bar kit are the clay bar itself, clay lube or a quick detailer, microfiber towels, and a plastic case to store any extra clay. These kits are a great generally affordable option for DIY individuals to clay one or two vehicles at home prior to polishing or waxing.
Why Torque Detail Prefers Clay Blocks over Clay Bars
If you haven’t noticed, we only include clay pads (also known as clay blocks) in our kits. Why? We like using them much better.
First of all, if you drop a typical clay bar on the ground, you’re pretty much forced to throw it away. It has likely picked up debris from the ground and you’d be better off not having it scratch your car!
Our clay pads have a nice, natural feel in the hand, can be re-used up to 100 times, and if you happen to drop it on the ground, simply rinse it off in your bucket of soapy water and you should be good to go!