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3/17/06 5:20pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
jwc0305
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Braselton, GA - USA

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1968 convertible 427/390 British Green w/saddle interior and soft top.4 spd no air. It has just been mechanically restored from the tires up, and I'm working on the cosmetics.

Joined: 11/29/2005
Posts: 47

I have been preparing myself and my bank account to get a new paint job on my '68, but after ordering and using the Mother's clay bar and all of the prep steps, my '68 looks brand new except for a few minor chips. This product is awesome and I highly recommend it to all.It will allow me to keep my bank account from bouncing!!!!! I have also ordered the scratchand chip repair kit from NORTON,iF IT WORKS AS WELL AS IT IS SUPPOSED TOO,I WON'T EVEN GET A PAINT JOB FOR MANY YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!



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3/23/06 1:30pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
KeBo
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Kendall Park, NJ - USA

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1981 - 59 Beige over Cinnebar leather. Edlebrock top end, 2200 stall w/shift kit, 3:55s, Mufflex maniback exhaust, nice stereo, 16 in AREs w/BFGs

Joined: 3/9/2005
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If the scratch and chip repair is the thingy that looks like a credit card, save your time..  I bought one to test out on my wifes car.  Its the only product from Mothers that is a real let down.  It just doesnt work.
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3/23/06 2:13pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH - USA

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1975 C3 Red, T-Tops, Black Interior. All I need is time and money! Getting there!

Joined: 12/2/2003
Posts: 6410

This is going to sound odd.

Collinite  Insulator Wax

It was developed to apply to electrical insulators on high voltage lines.  Just rain rinses of the contaminates.  It's not a place that you want to go clean and polish on any scheduled basis.

Of course clean the car with clay bar and a good washing first.  Polish if needed.  But then put on the insulator wax.  It's amazing how much of a shine and how smooth it will make a surface.   I know it sounds impossible, but I have actually seen rust shine with several coats of this stuff.  It's not the easiest to work with.  It's easy to apply in it's liquid form.  But buffing it out can be done by hand and does take some elbow grease.  You will work at it for a while.  

Collinite is difficult to find.  Their insulator wax is difficult to find.  A few parts houses have it.  I usually get it from a industrial supply company.

One of the guys who worked for me when I did have my shop bought a new Ranger pick up.   He used the Insulator wax.  About a week later he was forced over a freshly painted center yellow line during his lunch hour.  The yellow road paint was spotted all over the left side of the new truck.   After work he pulled the truck up to the back door and turned the hose on it to prepare to start buffing and polishing.  The yellow paint rinsed off. Very impressive.



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3/23/06 6:19pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
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[QUOTE=KeBo]If the scratch and chip repair is the thingy that looks like a credit card, save your time..  I bought one to test out on my wifes car.  Its the only product from Mothers that is a real let down.  It just doesnt work.[/QUOTE]

I have used a product called LANGKA It is some kind of polishing compound that takes the touch-up down to be smooth with the surrounding paint, and it doesn't remove the surrounding paint. It is used with the edge of a credit card and a scrap from an old t-shirt wrapped over it. I am totally happy with the results. The key is to get enough touch up paint in the chip so after it's polished down the area is smooth.

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3/23/06 7:00pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
jwc0305
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Braselton, GA - USA

Vette(s):
1968 convertible 427/390 British Green w/saddle interior and soft top.4 spd no air. It has just been mechanically restored from the tires up, and I'm working on the cosmetics.

Joined: 11/29/2005
Posts: 47
Hey Big Fish, the Langka kit is what I ordered. Is this something that a guy with all thumbs can do without screwing up or is it a really complicated process. Any advice and do's and don'ts would be greatly appreciated.

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3/23/06 7:31pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
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Hey, it's not hard at all. Get the touch up paint from your dealer that is correct for the car color. Use a toothpick or the applicator that comes in the touchup to glob the paint higher then the surrounding area. Wait 24 hours and use the Langka on the edge of a credit card with a little swatch of soft cloth to work it down smooth. Don't push real hard, and add more langka if it dries up (doesn't take very much). If I can do it, I think anyone can. I know the Langka "kit" comes with a few extra things, not familiar with them but I guess I would just follow the directions.

For what it's worth, Ken had an interesting idea about that wax he recommends. Never tried it, but I am real impressed with Mother's "REFLECTIONS" car wax and especially "Reflections Top Coat" I've never seen anything so slippery. Hard to find the stuff, I had to get it on line, could only find the wax but not top coat locally.

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4/4/06 2:02pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
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Austin, TX - USA

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73 coupe bought new in 1973 with only luggage rack, AM/FM radio, HD battery & Maplight as options. L48, 4 speed, Paint Med Met Blue 922 interior Dark saddle 418 special order. Repurchased 4/1/06 after 24 years.

Joined: 3/27/2006
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Anybody ever used Zaino products?  My car has a modern basecoat/clearcoat paint.  Does the claybar work on that type of finish also?

John



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4/4/06 2:33pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
warbird
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Roseland, NJ - USA

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1974, 454 with 4 on the floor, matching numbers.

Joined: 12/4/2003
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As far as I know the clay bar works on any car finish. Just follow the instructions. I've used the blue paste Zaino after using the clay bar and it worked great. The only thing I didn't understand they (Zaino) suggest to slightly re-wet the car after waxing and buff while it's wet. Zaino has a wax booster too. I've since switched to Maguiars NXT and it works just as good or better than Zaino's, and it's less work. 

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4/4/06 2:33pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
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1975 C3 Red, T-Tops, Black Interior. All I need is time and money! Getting there!

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Zanio has a good rep, but I personally have never used them.  You can use a clay bar on any auto paint.

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4/4/06 4:50pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
jrflyboyVP2
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Austin, TX - USA

Vette(s):
73 coupe bought new in 1973 with only luggage rack, AM/FM radio, HD battery & Maplight as options. L48, 4 speed, Paint Med Met Blue 922 interior Dark saddle 418 special order. Repurchased 4/1/06 after 24 years.

Joined: 3/27/2006
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Thanks,  As you can tell I am getting anxious about picking up my baby in two days.  I haven't seen it in 22 years and I am already researching polishes and waxes. LOL!

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4/5/06 3:43pm - Reply: 'Clay Bar'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

Joined: 8/21/2004
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[QUOTE=jrflyboyVP2]Thanks,  As you can tell I am getting anxious about picking up my baby in two days.  I haven't seen it in 22 years and I am already researching polishes and waxes. LOL! [/QUOTE]

More power to ya'!  So cool.........



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