Skeptical, but I tried the clay bar
So, it's finally warm enough to give ol' white a good scouring like I do every spring.
One of the most hated of chores is removing the tar and crap that accumulates of the winter. Those little tiny flecks that almost look like rust.
And let me tell ya friend, you have no idea how much of that crud is on your car until you own a white one.
Well, I was ready to attack it with the usual hated ritual:
wash scrub, bug and tar remover, varosol, and more elbow grease than I have left in me. It usually takes an entire day to JUST get the tar off before I can even think of the wax cleaner, glaze and carnuba treatment.
I started at the trunk as that is always the worst area and I wanted to hit it while I was still fresh. After about an hour, I had one corner about 12"x12" done.
I'm took flippin old for this crap!
There's got to be a better way.
So I skip on down to crappy tire 'cause my local autobody store is closed today (sunday).
Hmmmm.......clay bar. I wonder..........
Now, understand I'm a bit of an old fart (great white ain't just because of the car!) when it comes to what works and what doesn't. I'd always stayed away from this sort of thing, as the thought of rubbing clay all over my pristine paint always seemed.......well......wrong.
So I figure what the heck, try it on a small area and if it doesn't work, my daughter can always make a rabbit or an ashtray out of it.
Eeyipes! 25 bucks!
For a piece of putty no bigger than my......well.......you-know! Oh well, if it works........
So, I start on the rear fascia, low and out of sight. The box says clean and dry. Well, i just washed it, it's clean. But there's no way I'm rubbing this crap over my paint without lots of lube so I do it wet (wait-a-minute, my mind is going somewhere else.....;)).
The tar comes off! And pretty flipping easy!
But wait, hows the paint underneath?
Dry it off..........dull.........no scratches..........clean. Whew!
Next I try it high on her flanks but this time dry with only the detailer. Son-uf-a.......It works even better!!!
So the old dog has a new trick. Mothers clay bar has taken up a spot on the shelf next to all the old proven performers. (just gotta do the rest of the car now)
I still wouldn't use it on a car that wasn't squeaky clean though, just can't get the picture of sand in the clay scratching the paint.
Mothers clay bar. Recommended by this white car owner!
Last edited by Great White; 05-20-2007 at 01:14 PM.