|Item Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||3.5 x 4.5 x 10 inches|
|Item model number||G1016|
|Manufacturer Part Number||G1016|
|OEM Part Number||G1016|
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Make your wax protection last longer by removing above surface contaminants while also restoring a smooth-as-glass finish with Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit. Meguiar's non-abrasive clay bar safely, easily and instantly removes paint overspray, fallout, environmental contaminants and more.
With Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit, you will be able to make waxing easier and longer lasting, and safely remove bonded contaminants.
Evaluating Your Paint Surface
Before using Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit on your vehicle, it is recommended that you begin by washing and drying your car thoroughly, as it will allow you to evaluate the surface of your vehicle for the presence of various defects needing correction.
Defects fall into two basic categories;
- Above Surface Bonded Contaminants: These include industrial fall out, paint overspray, tree sap mist, bird droppings, etc.
- Below Surface Defects: These include fine scratches, swirl marks, etching, oxidation, etc.
Above Surface Bonded Contaminants often cannot be seen but they can be felt. Run your clean hand over the paint of your vehicle immediately after washing and drying it. Does the paint feel "as smooth as glass"? If not and your paint surface is rough to the touch, this is an indication that you will need to clay your car using Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit.
The roughness you feel is the presence of environmental contaminants such as over-spray, fallout, brake dust, tree sap, etc., that have bonded to your paint finish. No amount of wax car waxing will remove these contaminants.
Applying car wax on top of bonded contaminants takes effort and inhibits the adhesion of your wax. Further, these contaminants reduce your paint’s reflectivity, preventing your vehicle to shine to its full potential.
Below Surface Defects generally cannot be felt, but they can be seen, especially in strong, direct light. Good lighting is critical to evaluating the surface of your paint, because most cars will look good in the shade; therefore we recommend that you inspect your car's finish in direct sunlight or under strong fluorescent lights.
Claying is often thought of as a difficult detailing process that should only be performed by trained professionals; but on the contrary is a very simple process that usually can be done fairly quickly.
With the proper use of the claying bar and Meguiar’s Quik Detailer (included in the Smooth Surface Clay Kit), the clay will quickly, but gently remove bonded contaminants on your vehicle’s painted surfaces. This will leave behind a surface that is completely contaminant free and will be evident by your ability to smoothly glide your hand against your vehicle’s paint.
A Few Tips About Claying
To make the claying process easier, you don't need to apply much pressure, just enough to control the clay. It is important to keep the area well lubricated while claying and once the area feels completely smooth to the touch, wipe it dry and move on to the next section. Continuing this process, section by section, will allow you to clay your vehicle in a uniform manner.
Keep the following points in mind when using Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit;
- Claying removes “bonded contaminants” on your paint’s surface; and not “below surface” defects like swirls, scratches or etchings.
- You can clay any painted, glass or chrome surfaces.
- Claying will enable clear reflections and allow car wax to adhere to the paint better and last longer.
- Split one 80g. clay bar into two separate pieces. That way if you drop it, you still have one good piece of clay.
- Knead your clay bar into a flat, round wafer in order to use it.
- Use a mist and wipe product like Quik Detailer as a lubricant.
Important: If you drop your piece of clay on the floor, replace it with a new one.
What's in the Box?
Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit with 1 Quik Detailer (16 fl. oz), 2 80g. Premium Clay Bars, in a resealable, plastic storage case, 1 Supreme Shine Microfiber Towel, instructions.
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This is a good kit, but having experienced clay bars in the past, I have to say this product is dissapointing. The clay is Very mild. Too gentle to really do the work I needed out of it. It DOES clean well, and for the average guy I'd say this is fine. But I rely on clay to remove serious contamination, and this doesn't cut it.
Another qualm: it tends to "stick" more so than some other clays. Usually this happens if the paint surface is hot, there isn't enough lubrication, the bar is saturated with lube, or you use too much pressure, but none of these factors were present. I decided to break out an old bar just to see... and it wasn't me. My old bar worked much better than the Meg's; not only did my old bar (Clay Magic) not have the "sticking" problem, but it also cleaned up that pesky overpray I was after.
So if you are purchasing a clay bar for the first time because you heard it would solve your problems, then this might not be the one for you. But if you are experienced with clay, or otherwise know for a fact that you only want a very mild product, then this is a good bet.
Took me about 2 hours to go over the whole car and I got every single last piece of crud off of my paint. Looks brand new again, even though it's only a year old, and I will definitely use this kit again.
I have another tip too...for white car owners. Buy the Mequiars White Wax and wax your car with it AFTER you clay bar and you'll be shocked at the way your car looks..it will look EVEN BETTER than the day you bought it.
After washing your vehicle with a safe wash, Claying your vehicle is the next step and a vital step. Claying removes above surface contaminants on your paint's surface: bits of overspray, tar, etc. and lots of other things you can or more likely can't even see. After washing your car, rub your flat hand across the surface. It won't smooth as glass. Furthermore, listen! You'll hear your hand going back and forth over the surface as it rubs against the contaminants. This is a car that needs to be clayed and just about any car if it has never been clayed needs to be clayed. Even a brand new car on the lot often has contaminants. Furthermore, once clayed, it's usually recommend to do it again every 3 months to a year, depending on the environment your car is in. Honestly, claying your vehicle doesn't take a particularly long amount of time. I'd say it's possible to do it in just under thirty minutes.
The Smooth Surface Clay Kit from the wonderful folks at Meguiar's is the perfect kit to clay your vehicle. Again, after washing your vehicle, spray an area with the Quick Detailer, and then use the clay bar across the surface. You can search Youtube for Meguiar's Clay kit, to see demonstrations from users, but it isn't hard to do. Do a thorough job on your vehicle, and the way your hand then moves across the surface will impress you. I'm amazed every time.
After claying, you have several options. The clay kit includes a sample of cleaner wax, and you can certainly use that. It has some mild cleaners and some protection.Read more ›
IMPORTANT: IF A CLAYBAR DROPS ON THE GROUND, DO NOT USE IT ON YOUR CAR right after. Either cut off a good slice of the side that dropped on the ground or, as most people would do: THROW IT AWAY. Also, wash your car, or at least rinse it off, before using a claybar. If there's too much dirt, you might as well render that claybar useless after a swipe or two.
Order of Operations: (Warning, takes a while)
1. Wash car, (Dry if you want to)
2. a. Spray Lube on the claybar,
b. Spray Lube onto an area (I do 1-4sqft)
3. a. With little pressure, glide the clay along the sprayed area, going over it several times until you don't hear (or feel) anything being picked up by the claybar
b. Look at the claybar, if it's getting dirty, fold it over to a new side and use that. If there's a hard chunk of something in it, pinch it out and throw it away.
c. Spray Lube onto the area if you need more (if the claybar starts sticking to it or you notice it's drying before you're done)
4. Wipe the area clean with the microfiber towel
5. Repeat steps 2b-4 until you're done with the car
6. Wax car
Individual Item Notes: You'll probably run out of detailing spray the fastest (depending on the car) and for that, I recommend picking up a bottle of Mequiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer Spray. The cleaner wax it comes with is decent, providing only a moderate shine compared to Mequiar's NXT Tech Wax or Gold Class Wax (I use Black Magic, if you don't mind straying from Mequiar's). The towel is amazingly soft.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This worked great, even though I didn't take as much time as some other reviewers on here to clay bar the car; maybe 30 mins. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Briana Fisher
I can't believe the lack of effort that's needed to make this clay bar work! I have an '03 Toyota mr2 in what I like to think is good condition, but it's black! Read morePublished 4 days ago by JenPC
Does this product really work? Followed the directions and didn't feel the same smoothness as when they do it at the car wash don't know what the problem is. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Princeofdarkness
This is an amazing kit to get you to clay bar. I purchased it to see what it would do knowing it was a decent amount of time and effort. Read morePublished 5 days ago by CU52
I have used this for years to keep my car looking and feeling like it just rolled off the lot. It takes a good amount of time and effort but it's worth the effort. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Anthony
Amazing what a difference it makes. And so easy to use! You will not be disappointed!Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
We received this fairly quickly..it's a great kit exceptional clay. The only issue we had was that the container that liquid used to use clay was Badley cracked and difficult to... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer