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    Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

    Ok so here Iíll be testing claybar vs. iron remover to see if the claybar can do everything the iron remover can do. Lets begin.

    1st I get the panel prepped by giving it a quick wash. Tape it off, now Iím ready to begin claying the left side of the hood.



    I want to point out that this was a very easy claying. So much so that I thought it would render this test a dud. This is what the claybar looked like afterwards.




    Ok, so I remove the tape and spray down the entire hood with Meguiars Ultimate Wheel Cleaner.




    After 1 min.




    After 4 min.






    After 5 min.






    Just to make sure it wasnít a fluke, I washed the entire rear of the vehicle, and clayed only the left side. This time there was a significant amount of contaminants on the claybar.




    Sprayed the entire panel with iron remover.



    5min. later.










    Notice the difference in the left side of the emblem where I had clayed.




    Conclusion: Are iron removers overrated? Iíd say they are. It could be argued that theyíre pointless if the claybar is going to do what it does and more.. Itís not as if an iron remover can do what the claybar can do.

    Btw, this test cost me $14 dollars. I feel like I couldíve just saved the money and simply used my claybar.

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    Re: Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

    So are we to assume this is absolute proof that iron removers are a waste of money? Its a big statement. That would make over 90% of car care companies crooks.

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    Re: Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

    But....iron removers are used to breakdown/remove iron deposits. Thus making the claying process much easier and minimizing the risk of furthur marring

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    Quote Originally Posted by noorth View Post
    So are we to assume this is absolute proof that iron removers are a waste of money? Its a big statement. That would make over 90% of car care companies crooks.
    I wouldnít go as far as calling them crooks.. But if they can get people to buy things, then whatís the harm?
    Do you really need Grit Guards? Those things that go around your tires to prevent cords for getting stuck? Panel wipe when you can make it yourself?

    Do I really need a quick detailer for chrome? No, but I choose to buy it anyways because I like to use it.




    The list goes on and onÖ

    Ultimately itís up to you whether you want to buy it or not. Iíve seen some of the best detailers in the world and their setups are unbelievably simple.

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    Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

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    But....iron removers are used to breakdown/remove iron deposits. Thus making the claying process much easier and minimizing the risk of furthur marring

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    That claying was among the easiest claying Iíve ever done. I initially wasnít even going to take a picture of the claybar because there was nothing on it. I didnít decide to take a pic of it until the right side of the hood turned purple. Hence why I took a picture of the claybar in my backyard.



    Thereís so many things in the detailing world that are overblown. Iron deposits causing marring during claying can officially be added to that list as far as Iím concerned. If there wasnít anything of note on that claybar, then how much marring could it have possibly caused?

    Also keep in mind that the detailing world survived for years and years without the use of iron removers. Itís not until recent years that dedicated iron removers have been introduced. Paint seemed to survive just fine before they came along.

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    Re: Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

    Thanks El Dorado!

    Now I feel better. I sometimes don't use iron remover prior to paint correction. There are times when I do rinseless washing, and I'd rather have a hose and running water to rinse off the iron remover.

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    Re: Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

    Quote Originally Posted by JustJesus View Post
    Thanks El Dorado!

    Now I feel better. I sometimes don't use iron remover prior to paint correction. There are times when I do rinseless washing, and I'd rather have a hose and running water to rinse off the iron remover.
    Same here.

    I never wanted to start WWIII, but I just do not use it on paint any longer. Wheels? Yes.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Re: Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    Same here.

    I never wanted to start WWIII, but I just do not use it on paint any longer. Wheels? Yes.
    And still get great results, right?

    Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

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    Re: Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

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    And still get great results, right?

    Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

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    IMO, yes. No doubt.

    As a newbie, I was spraying the IR over the paint, and seeing zero reaction. Made me think I was an idiot, or using it wrong.

    Years later, my opinion is that IR is for wheels and extreme lower (rocker) panels.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Re: Claybar vs. Iron Remover 50/50 Test

    Same here- I don't use it on paint anymore, tends to dry out very fast-- and per the instructions , dont let it dry on the paint!!

    I only use it on my wheels also

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