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    Senior Member David Fermani's Avatar
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    Lightbulb How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    This method will dramatically increase the lifespan of your clay. I wouldn’t be surprised if it lasted atleast 5 times longer just by following this easy procedure.

    Hint: If your clay is cold and stiff, soak it in a bucket of hot water and fold or knead your bar. Within 2 minutes it will be soft and good to be used.

    Work your clay as usual. Back and forth, circles....what ever way you choose. As you work the clay, try to inspect it and discover a “baseline” for how quickly the bar picks up contaminants and gets clogged/discolored. If your work area is quite listen for abrasion noise created from your clay eating into the contaminants. No noise is usually an indication that the surface is free of heavy contaminants. Don’t wait for your clay to get too dirty because the dirt embeds itself to the face of the clay and ultimately gets rubbed into/against the surface creating unnecessary marring.

    This is about as dirty as your clay should get (Clay Magic blue pictured):



    Take your clay, spray any water based APC (I prefer Optimum Power Clean) and liberally spray it onto the surface of the clay. Then, take a clean toothbrush and agitate the surface of the clay. This will loosen up the contaminants.



    Take the clay and submerge it into your bucket of water, rubbing the clay with your fingers and rinsing the suspended debris off the surface.


    Note: method not effective for 100% road tar contaminant removal. These contaminants are best removed prior to clay process.




    Knead clay and repeat often>>>


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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Great tip David. I will toss that little tip in my cranial tool box. Thanks!
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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Great idea David! BTW can you update your Opti-Coat aka Opti-Guard post? TIA!
    My name is Jim and I am an Old Auburn Tiger.

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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    That's a good idea Dave! I rarely let mine get that dirty but I like this tip.
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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Thanks for the tip David. I definitely go through quite a bit of clay.



    Now does anyone know how to make clay less sticky???
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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Seems like a great tip,Thank You David.
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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Quote Originally Posted by kronos View Post
    Now does anyone know how to make clay less sticky???
    Soak it in oil :D

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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbin1 View Post
    Soak it in oil :D
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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Great Tip David. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Are you using diluted APC to clean or full strength?
    Paul

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    Re: How to make your favorite Clay last alot longer!

    Great Tip!!! Thank you!!
    My name is Jeff and I like to make things SHINE!!!

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