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Nanoskin (AS-019) AutoScrub Fine Grade Sponge
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2014
After a recommendation from a friend, I decided to give nanoskin a try. Most of the reviews seem helpful, but several commented about scratches and marring that I'd like to address.

First off, you need to wash the car before doing any kind of clay work.

Second, the car needs to be wet with a lubricant before claying a car. Water is not a lubricant, and you will scratch/mar you car if you only use water. There are special lubes on the market, but I find that a fresh batch of soapy water works just as well. Make sure the soapy water is fresh though, as this ensures enough lubricant (soap) is present.

Working in small sections, lube the section and work the nanoskin sponge in short side to side motions (avoid circles, which will lead to swirls). Dunk the sponge in the soapy water to clean and continue working over the area until the surface feel smooth and you don't hear any more noise. If you've worked with clay, this is the same, except that you would fold the clay every so often.

Rinse the area, and dry. Check your work. If the surface is still rough, re-lube and repeat.

I would suggest using only fine grade clay/nanoskin sponges for most paints. Unless your car is very dirty and being prepped for paint, you don't need the medium grit version. The fine grade is safe for black cars.

I like this product for several reasons. I can reuse this sponge numerous times (I've cleaned 6 cars already on one sponge and the sponge looks and works fine). Also, dropping the sponge (unlike clay) isn't a catastrophe. Just wash off and keep working. Finally, the ergonomics of holding the sponge is nicer than using a piece of clay with your fingers.

I do have a few gripes. This works well if your car isn't caked in dirt. By that, I mean your car looks clean but feels slightly rough. If your car is really gritty, this may not solve your problems and you may need to polish before hand. Also, depending on your paint hardness, this may not work well. I used this on a BMW X5 and apparently the paint is really hard on that car. I went over the X5 with a clay bar and still picked up stuff. For my civic, I had no issues though. One last issue I have is that you don't see your work, you only feel your work. By that, I mean that on clay, you see the dirt and other crud build up on the clay. The nanoskin gives no indication of what you have done, other than by feeling the paint before and after. It takes getting used to.

Overall, a great improvement over clay for several reasons. I still intend to use clay on my car, but this is much faster and can be used more often after washing your car. A true clay job will be a once in a long while ritual when I want to super detail my car. Otherwise, this works very well. The best part is the grip of the sponge in my opinion.

If you are on the fence, give it a shot, but make sure you use proper technique. Just like anything, follow the directions.

To store the sponge, completely dry out (not in the sun, but in a garage or dark area) and wrap in a napkin or tissue. The nanoskin material tends to stick to the plastic bag otherwise and may tear off. The napkin may also stick, but a quick rinse in water will remove the napkin easily. This should save the hassle of bag sticking issues.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
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Pros:
1. It's larger size makes it much easier to handle than clay.
2. Unlike clay, there's none of that incessant folding to get a clean, fresh surface. Just thoroughly rinse the sponge with clean water.
3. It's less expensive than clay and reusable multiple times, making it economical.

Cons:
1. It's size could make it difficult to get into tight spaces like under door handles, but I think that could be resolved by trimming down the sponge to fit.

Conclusion:
The nanoskin sponge is a revelation... I'll never use clay again... Highly recommended.

Note: I used Chemical Guys Luber instead of Nanoskin's Glide and it worked just fine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
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I used to dread claying my car because of how time consuming it was. But the nanoskin autoscrub has made my life so my easier! This along with chemical guys luber cut the claying time in half if not more! Will recommend this to anyone who's still using clay bars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
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I use the mitt for washing with Optimum No-Rinse Wash and Wax. 2oz per 1 gallon for the right lubrication to not cause marring. You will scratch your car just like with clay if you don't use the right amount of lubrication. SO SMOOTH. Even new cars come contaminated. It is really nice to get the smooth finish. The sponge works great. The Mitt works great! If you can have both the sponge is easier to use in tight spots. I have used the sponge and mitt on 3 cars and the clay is now in the trash can. Use the sponge and mitt with Optimum or for an even slicker amazing feel the NANO SHOCK by Nano Skin really is great.. Try the plastic bag on your hand before and after trick..... and you will be hooked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2014
Nanoskin ROCKS! The first time I clay barred my car it took 11 hours! Folding and folding and folding to get a new clean area, and if you dropped it, in the garbage it went. I use Nanoskin as I wash. I once washed, Nano Skinned and waxed all in 2 hours! You can reuse it multiple times and if you drop it, you just rinse it off. You can view the results on my Facebook page. Just search for PNW Dodge Challenger.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2013
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This amazing sponge is a fantastic alternative to clay. Used with NanoShock, you remove the impurities from the paint while sealing it...2 steps in one.

I did have to use the clay bar on some tough spots so I've ordered the medium grade sponge to see if I can eliminate clay all together.

I would recommend this to friends and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
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Just got a new car and read that even new cars must be clayed. I've never clayed a car before, so I gave the car a good wash and dry, inspected for - and found - contaminates (baggie test).

Ordered the Nanoskin Fine grade sponge (wanted the Nanoskin mitt but that was sold out) and finally worked up the courage to clay the car. VERY impressed with how easy it was to use, how quickly the process was completed, and the smoothness/slickness that was a result of using the Nanoskin in conjunction with Garry Deans Infinite Use Detail Juice (IUDJ). Love the IUDJ!!

Highly recommend the Nanoskin sponge, and use Garry Dean's IUDJ...NOT plain water. Worked wonderfully on my 2015 Lexus, smooth and slick as a ribbon - with a shine that just can't be beat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2014
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Seriously. I was highly skeptical about this not knowing a lot about "advanced" detailing techniques like clay bars and so on, so I thought I'd pick this up in lieu of buying the 45 dollar wash mitt. After I purchased my extremely white car, I noticed a lot of pin-sized rust spots where road debris embedded itself into the clearcoat. After some scrubbing with the Nanoskin while keeping the area very wet, all those spots came right up. I bet I could detail the rest of the car with this, but I think the wash mitt would be a lot more efficient.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2014
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I probably had a different interest in buying this than most people. I have had aches and pains in my hands and wrists for 10 or so years now and while I don't mind an old school clay bar, it's not easy to knead without pain, especially with the regular clay bar (barring?) motion. Tried this and it's great. Picks up all the junk a regular clay bar would but you can just clean it off instead of knead it for the next panel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2014
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As others have said I wasn't sure about wiping a piece of rubber across the paint of my car, but after one use I am sold. I love it. Being a novice to detailing my car I found I would not use enough lube spray and I would accidentally drop the sponge. The ability to wash it off and go at it again is very convenient.
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