Regular soap works, I've seen countless how-to videos where the guy would use regular carwash soap as a lubricant.
The clay isn't abrasive, but some of the contaminants you pick up with it may be.I thought the clay bar wasn't supposed to scratch, because it wasn't abrasive.
If you're running out of detailer to use as a lubricant, you may be using too much; or, perhaps you're using your clay too many times -- so be careful if especially the latter may be the case.I have the clay from mothers, and it's sad to have to buy a new bottle of detailer spray each time I have to use the clay bar.
Is there a better/cheaper lubricant for the clay bar. Like maybe regular soap when washing the car, then just glog on more with the sponge and just clay.
Your thoughts on a chaper alternative to buying detail spray each time I have to clay.
If you're running out of detailer to use as a lubricant, you may be using too much; or, perhaps you're using your clay too many times -- so be careful if especially the latter may be the case.
Detailer seems to be the best lube, and it's not that hard to pick up a large bottle.
Using a soap solution is not recommended as it can provide inconsistent lubrication which can cause marring. In addition, soap can compromise the integrity of the clay bar, so you're likely not saving anything in the long run.
Consumer kit clay bars aren't abrasive when used correctly, and when used with the proper lubricant.
That seems too often to me. How often do you polish or wax? Your wax should be protecting your paint a little better than that. Do you live near factories or lots of trees?Well here's the problem. I was told to use the clay when necessary, that is when the finish was rough.
I park my car outside all the time. It is never inside.
So, every two weeks it seems rough. So, is using the clay every two weeks too much?
I use the soap and water to clean, clay and detailer, polish, then wax.
At this rate of washing I've found I need to do it every 2-3 weeks.
IS THIS OK?
Now I"m worried.
That seems too often to me. How often do you polish or wax? Your wax should be protecting your paint a little better than that. Do you live near factories or lots of trees?
Wash and wax as often as you want. How often you need to polish depends on how you treat your paint. If you have good wash equipment and a good technique then you won't have to polish as often.This has happened in my area. When I car covered my Honda, the cats sleep on it at night.
Also taking on and off the cover agitates the dust into scratches on the paint, finally, it's a pain.
I'd just like to know the reasonable about of intervals I can do "the works" (soap, clay, polish, and wax) to protect the car and keep it looking good, w/o washing it too freqeuntly and taking off or damaging paint.
But water's not a lubricant and all clay bar makers say to use a lubricant, theirs usually.As a former detailer, I would wash the car clean first , leave car wet and clay it and if it dries up , keep it wet with water then after claying rinse car and chamois the car . That way you wouldn't have to buy any lubricant.