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Guys, I bought my SLK just over a year ago, and I have decided that now is the time that I should use a clay bar in the cleaning process.

Up to now, I have been using a wash, dry and MB creme product to care for the paintwork.

As part of the deal when I bought the car, the dealer included Star Guard paint protection in with the price, and very good it is too.

My question: will using a clay bar affect the Star Guard at all?

The clay I've chosen is a 'soft' Bilt Hamber clay, and it was chosen because it recommends using a water spray as a lubricant rather than a chemical detailer.

I've watched a coupe of videos on how to use the clay and so on, so I'm pretty sure that it isn't that difficult - but I am just a bit concerned about removing the Star Guard, something i don't want to happen.

Any help/advice appreciated.


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Using a clay bar will definitely remove the 'star guard'.

I would go ahead with it though as it doesn't have a very good reputation.
After claying and another wash, a coat of polish and wax will have your car looking even better than it does now, and if you apply a sealant as well it will last longer than the 'star guard'
 

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Using a clay bar will definitely remove the 'star guard'.
Are you sure ? Clay is supposed to pull off the tiny bits of fallout etc that stick to the clearcoat / paint / sealant.

People use it frequently on their cars and do not damage the coating. Loads of information on YouTube from detailing companies.

However, I stand to be corrected as I have not personally used one but......I have been "working" my two months notice (6 days to go :smile:) and have no work so have spent dozens of hours reading up on car paint protection, claying paintwork, sealants, waxes, shampoos etc etc etc.

@ the OP - take a look at the clay mitts that are now available, they seem to be gaining in popularity and are a lot quicker that a clay bar.
 

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Much thanks to you two @TFP and @Rorywquin . I haven't quite decided what I'll do, though I am now thinking that I will buy a paint sealant anyway and apply it after using the clay bar. I'm sure it can't do any harm if the Star Guard stuff is still on, and it would work as a sealant if the Star Guard is removed by the clay bar. As I see it, it's a win-win.

Thanks again

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Chemical guys seem to know what they are talking about. Take a look at this video. Seems incredibly simple to me.

https://youtu.be/bKzEz7z7MVo
Drat! Now I wish I had seen that video before I bought the clay bar. I had seen an earlier video of theirs which showed me how to use the clay bar, but i didn't look at any of their other vids.

Lesson learned - do more research.


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Drat! Now I wish I had seen that video before I bought the clay bar. I had seen an earlier video of theirs which showed me how to use the clay bar, but i didn't look at any of their other vids.

Lesson learned - do more research.


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I suggest you watch a couple of the YouTube videos. One thing I have picked up is that clay holds onto the dirt while apparently, the mitt just pulls it off. In one video I saw the guy frequently rinses the area with a washmitt. Not sure if it is necessary but it cant do any harm and is still a lot easier/quicker than clay.

I'm now going to research the nano skin method - I have another 5 x 9 hour work days left to fill.:wink:
 

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I use a Dodo Juice sponge clay pad, which can also be cleaned. Easy to use and really good.

My choice of sealant is Polish Angel Master Sealant. I use Autoglym Aqua Wax each time after washing the car. Both easy to apply with great results.

There are many good products available. But with so many, and so many different views, I found it confusing to start with.
 

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There are many good products available. But with so many, and so many different views, I found it confusing to start with.
I agree. I came down to a product that I think will give me the best balance between, protection, longevity, ease of application and reputation. I've ordered a range of Carlack (Klasse in the USA) products.


Will experiment on my wife's MB before going onto mine.:wink:
 

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Sorry Len
I am put driving!
 

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I'm surprised @jbanks15 hasn't chimed in yet. Got to be over 3000 wax jobs by now :surprise: . Must have a thought or two on the subject :wink:

http://www.slkworld.com/caring-your-slk/415642-2967-coats-wax-too-many.html
I have never clay barred my car
7 years ago I had a detail guy come by for an estimate
we stood in front of my car just getting acquainted
then we started to talk business
Where is the car you want detailed he said?
I said we are standing in front of it
He said, you're kidding right?
He took out his claybar and showed me it after running it over my car.
Clay bar had nothing on it
He said I would be wasting my money and wasting his time
 

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This calls for a write up on your technique!
The technique is that I am anal
I clean my car daily. Takes about 15 minutes
I've posted it before

Clean pigs ears (Search what that is) :D
Clean front bumper (though Clearbra'd) with Turtlewax black detail spray
Clean my Drls with vinyl dressing to keep em young looking
Clean the Drl lens and fog lights and headlights
Clean the windshield and rear glass
Clean the rims with glass cleaner
Gel the tires
Spray wax the whole car with Turtlewax Black wax spray (10 minutes)
Done

Tomorrow...repeat...just like Groundhogs Day, the movie.
 

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I agree. I came down to a product that I think will give me the best balance between, protection, longevity, ease of application and reputation. I've ordered a range of Carlack (Klasse in the USA) products.
I started using Klasse again. Klasse All-In-One Paint Cleaner & Polish, and then seal with Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze.

Go very thin on the Sealant Glaze, otherwise it's tough to get off. If you do get too much on just rub with a cloth with quick detailer and the excess will come right off. You will be rewarded with a deep glossy, super shiny, wet look finish that lasts for about a year. Best to wash car again after about a week and pit another coat of Sealant. I think you are going to like it.:smile:
 
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