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on April 18, 2009
Turtle Wax Liquid Clay Bar is a wonderful product that is greatly misunderstood.
What is LCB? To understand the liquid clay bar, you have to know that traditional car waxes contain soft polishing agents which clean the paint surface when you apply and buff out the wax. These polishing compounds are on of the reasons that traditional car wax leaves white residues everywhere and is a nuisance to apply.
In the ICE system, Turtle wax separated the cleaning function from the shine/protection function. The TW Ice polish is a pure polish, and therefore LCB does the heavy work of cleaning and prepping the surface for polishing. It is not a replacement for a clay bar, it is a superb pre wax cleaner, that is easy to use and effective.
Liquid clay bar is a three phase liquid contains strong cleaning agents, lubricants and soft clay polishing agents. The combination of the cleaning agents and lubricants allows the LCB to strip off the old finish, remove embedded dirt that is stuck into the paint (e.g road grime, brake dust, tree sap etc.), and polish out minor swirls and scratches. Stuck on Water resistant dirt is what causes the finish to become dull and feel gritty.
The polishing agents in LCB are much softer that what you would find in dedicated scratch and swirl remover. Interestingly, the polishing agents are gentle enough that you can use LCB to polish out cloudiness from plastic headlight lenses. Generally a car's finish only needs to be deep cleaned every few months, as the first coat of wax applied after cleaning with LCB will bond tightly, and tends to prevent dirt from getting stuck on the finish.
To use the LCB, you first rinse the car with water to remove gross dirt, then you shake the bottle to mix up the layers, and then pour a small amount onto a cotton applicator pad, and work over each panel. No need to dry the car, because LCB works best on panels with some water on them.
When you are done with a section of the car, you'll want to hose it off well to get rid of any residual polishing compounds and loosened dirt. When you are done with the entire car, it's not a bad idea to hose it off again. Any spots where water still beads are places that you missed, and still have old wax/dirt stuck on them.
When you are all done, your car will have a smooth, very clean and fairly shiny finish. Now you can now apply your favorite car wax with confidence onto a surface that is truly ready for it.