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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2007
This product must be applied to the vehicle while it is wet. The directions on the bottle do not say this. I used it the first time when the vehicle was dry and it did leave a thin film behind. When I used it when the vehicle was wet I had excellent results. Better than the clay bar and alot quicker. If the vehicle isn't really dirty just wet the car really good and then use the clay liquid. After you do this I like to wash the car just in case there is a film left. Then apply your favorite wax. Remember the clay liquid removes your previous wax layer you must wax after if you want protection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2010
Let me qualify this by saying that I'm not an expert in car detailing. However, I found that this product did an amazing job for my purposes. I have a 1999 Olds Intrigue that had a bumper that was looking very dull, and numerous small scrapes, etc. on the doors. I had read on a car blog that a rubbing compound might help with the dull, oxidized bumper. When I saw this product, I thought that it might provide similar results, so I tried it. Since some of the negative results/reviews on here may have to do with technique, I'll share how I got my positive results. Concerning the bumper, I wet the sponge thoroughly with the product, and, working on a small space at a time, rubbed it back and forth on the bumper. I applied pressure with both hands and rubbed until it made a squeaking noise. Then, I rinsed it with a wet paper towel, dried it with a paper towel and repeated the rinsing/drying, making sure the residue was gone. The results took me by surprise to be honest. That thing was shiny again after 3-4 years of looking dull. To heighten the results, I applied some Eagle One nanowax with a microfiber cloth. It looked almost new again. I repeated this technique on the door scratches. If it weren't for the slight remaining dents I could see in the light reflection, you'd think the area was unscathed. It was certainly repaired to my satisfaction and above. Though car finish concerns are probably unique to each car, from my experience I would highly recommend this product and process to correct similar problems.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2007
There's nothing special about this stuff, other than it is fairly easy to use. It's a fine abrasive cleaner mixed with soap. It doesn't clean like a clay bar. The abrasive can be hard to rinse completely off. Not worth the time, IMO. Instead, go with a real cleaner/polish like Meguiars #7 or a real clay bar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2008
I bought this product when it first came out after I had such a good result from the liquid ICE polish. I had never used a clay bar before and my previous cleaner wax was the mothers step 1 of the 3 step system. The mothers works very well, but its VERY labor intensive. One of the big positives to the ICE polish is the efficiency, so I was hoping the clay bar would follow suit. My first experience was a pretty bad one. I followed the instructions, only to have a swirly, filmy result. I had the product in my garage for several months, until i went to give it another try. After reading it works better with a totally wet car, I washed my car, and before drying, put the clay bar on.
Let me say the results were FAR better than previous. No swirl marks, left a nice smooth finish to the paint. I have a Blitz Blue scion tc, which is a very vibrant color, and after I had removed the clay bar and dried the car, it had a very rich luster to it.

In short, wash your car with soap, rinse the soap and then apply the liquid clay bar before drying. Do your whole car at one time, going from front to back. This way, it will be dry by the time you finish. Rinse your car throughly to remove the clay bar. Dry and apply some Liquid ICE polish to complete it.

The biggest positives to the whole ICE system is the speed, efficiency and the lack of white residue on black trim pieces. True, the ICE system may not work as well as some mothers or Maguires, but you can wash, clay bar, polish and buff your whole car in a fraction of the time of the other products.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2007
I finally found a wax/polish that was easy and fast: Turtle Wax's ICE product line with it's ICE Liquid Polish.

I went ahead and purchased the ICE Liquid Clay Bar as a prep for the ICE Polish after reading the ICE website FAQs.

And though it was an extra step and cost, it was fast and easy to use because you could apply it like the polish to all surfaces.

I started with my 2003 Pontiac Sunfire with a nearly new finish and got to a like new finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2008
It works well when used correctly. The car should be washed and wet when applying the product. Put some on rub it in and wash off. This takes a fraction of the time as an actual clay bar, and you are rewarded for your time. Next step is to dry and polish the car, you get a nice clean and polished car for not much time or effort at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2013
I agree with another reviewer, this product is misunderstood. Many years ago I bought the whole ICE system = Clay bar, Liquid Clay bar, Lubricant and "wax". I followed the directions the first time, learned from that and changed how I clean and protect my car(s) once a year; and have only consumed the clay bar so far. I have a Prius, and now 2 of them. The way I ended up using the products are as follows: 1) Wash the car and towel dry to get most of the dirt and gunk off; 2) clay bar without lubricant -- true uses up the clay bar quicker, but it really pulls the stuff up more easily this way; 3) Apply the Liquid clay bar as a cleaner/polish/wash for the residual clay stuck to the car; 4) wash again with car wash and towel dry thoroughly, then let it air dry for a while; 5) apply the Ice liquid wax. This takes a good part of the day since you go over the whole car 8 times, but the results are amazing and last a whole year. I found using the lubricant required more work for the clay bar to be effective, more rubbing for embedded stuff. I found that applying the Liquid Clay Bar after rubbing down the whole car with the solid clay bar was more effective at removing the residual clay from the surface than just washing alone. The two together really gets the car spectacularly clean for the advanced polymer formula liquid wax, so nothing is waxed over. The result is a showroom new shine/finish. People think I got a new car. Four stars because it isn't necessarily enough by itself, but then, neither is the car wash product, or the solid clay bar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2009
Liquid Clay bar works well when used correctly. Use on a wet surface and rinse immediately after doing a small section at a time. Do the whole car this way and it works great. Wash after if needed to get any residue off. Then wax the car. Leaves a clean deep shine on the car. Ignore the negative reviews. Do it one section at a time and you'll be fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2008
It works alright, It doesn't get all of the dirt and grit and when it says "does not leave residue" make sure you rinse really well. I rinsed the car about 3 times and finally just got fed up and took a damp towel. Doesn't remove swirl marks the first time so maybe you have to keep using it. It does a good job otherwise.
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