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I just used these 3 products on my Satin silver Golf and the results were a bit disappointing...

1 - Claybar. I used the Meguiars one with the Quick Detailing spray - it didnt remove any tar spots that come over easily with my fingernail.

2 - Meguiars Cleaner wax - tried it for a change from AG Super Resin Polish - not too impressed - it didnt do much cleaning at all.

3 - Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection - i found it very very difficult to put it on - i just couldnt tell which bits i had gone over and which i hadnt - left it for about 2 hours - buffed it off - and the result? - again... not too impressed.

I used all 3 products as per the instructions.

I know it's hard to get a silver car shining like a dark coloured one but was a bit disappointed nonetheless.

Any ideas?
 

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Guessing with the clay bar that you either didn't use enough lub, or force on the clay bar. I do find that this version of it is quite soft but other people tend to get on with it OK.

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3 - Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection - i found it very very difficult to put it on - i just couldnt tell which bits i had gone over and which i hadnt - left it for about 2 hours - buffed it off - and the result? - again... not too impressed.

I've used it after the Autoglym Polish. Once you've put it on (soft pad is useful, rather than cloth) you can see it dulling down/drying. Then after about 1hr you just polish it off, i've been quite impressed so far. It's about as far as my budget will stretch for cleaning/polishing kit. It can leave a white powder which can easily be removed with a cloth
 

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A bad work man always blames his tools [:D]

I've used those products & never had any troubles, although the extra gloss can be a bugger to get off some times.

Bin the AG EG & get some maguiars NXT or Zymol[??]
 

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I used the Meguiars detailing clay a few weeks ago and was amazed with the finish, can't comment on the wax you used, but I have been using the Meguiars NXT gen car wash, wax, and quick spray and I couldn't recommend it enough.[:D][:D]

Mines a satin silver too.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

When you use claybar, do you place it flat in the palm of your hand or do you hold it with your fingers?
 

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Only product I've used in that bunch is the Autoglym Extra Gloss, and I've always found it to be very good - but I'm a sucker for buying black cars. Which seem to polish up very nicely [^] but get dirty before you even have chance to reverse them out of the garage and drive anywhere. [:(] Especially in autumn/winter.

For Cleaner Wax I reccomend the Zymol Cleaner Wax that you can get in Halfords at about ?12 - Smells lush and does a great job.

Never used a clay bar before, though they sound pretty handy. Apparently keep your old ones for doing your alloys with - so I read at

http://autopia-carcare.com/index.html
 

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The Meg clay bar is a good product, but tar spots are a pain to get off the body you have to keep rubbing at them and they will come off in the end, if you ever run out of lube you can use tap water all you need the clay bar to do is to slide over the surface, when I run out of lube if I am out on a job is tap water, it works just as well.

You want a medium to firm pressure and you need to rub very fast to work into the tar spots.

Have another go at it, before you give up it will work, but its very hard work.

If you still cant get it to work come back to us and we will try to help you some more.
 

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Okay thanks guys.

My friends car has paint flicks all over it - you reckon clay-bar could remove them?

They're like tar-spots, but white paint.
 

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Yes it will, they will be much harder work than the tar, but you will get them off, you must keep going with it.

Remember to only do a small section at a time i.e. say only half the door, a quarter of the roof etc etc do small sections at a time and keep working at it.

If you want any more please let me know.

If you want I can get you a phone number of Meguairs so that when you call it you will go through to the USA at no extra cost to you then you can speak to guys at Meguairs in the USA for car care tips.
 

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I used a pressurised bottle with a weak mixture of car shampoo as the lube and it worked very well, removed tar spots with a bit of effort.
 

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Yes Dubzter that is another good way to do it.

It would be good to see if we can all help this guy to resolve his problem.

The main thing to remember is to make sure the surface is always very wet with water or lube.
 

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Isn't a product like Tar Spot Remover that you just spray on just about ideal for Tar Spots then? Or am I missing out on some other benefits of a claybar?
 

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What your missing out on is the chemical in the spray, and the effects that this can have on your paint over a long period of time.

The megs clay bar is good, i still have some I use today, I also still have some Zymol clay bar that is just as good as the megs.

Try never to use a chemical on the paint work like a tar and glue remover, as paint has pourse and in time it will fade your paint work and soak into it, causing it to lift in an extreme case.
 

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I seem to be forever using my claybar for removing dead flies from the front! GRRRRR! I wish they would just rinse away!
 

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our live story I think Royster, Put on as many coats of wax as possible about 20 coats on the font, more the better, as each coat builds its own layer at least that way its even harder for bugs to grab hold of your paint work! as they are trying to grab hold of a ultra smooth finish this way making it harder for them to bond to the paint.

How often do you wash your car if your having problems with bugs? Do you do a lot of motorway miles?
 

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My car spends most of it's life in a garage and comes out for dry fun(oo-er) only and it's washed "nearly" every week.. with an Ave of 550miles/month in 16 months.... I dread to think what a high miler looks like!
 
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