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Adam's... my only wish is that this had come much sooner. No more dropping my clay in the dirt, or cramped hands. It took me about 10 minutes to "clay" my entire SUV with this mitt, and it was smooth as glass afterwards. Amazing product. I encourage everyone here to pick one up, as it made claying almost somewhat enjoyable today.

 

I just clayed after my strip wash with the vehicle still wet, and my wife just misted the car with Waterless to make sure there was plenty of lubrication. I hit everything with the glove, paint, glass, and trim. Completely foolproof. I approve!

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So, no scratching?

Clay shouldn't ever scratch. Light marring may show up on softer paint from any clay. Clay mitt is more aggressive than the visco clay so it will be more likely. I believe Dustin polished as well, so any marring wouldn't have been an issue.

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So, no scratching?

There was most definitely no scratching. As for marring, my paint is a single stage white so it's very hard to see swirls anyways, but I did not see anything that stood out. I did polish afterwards as Kevin said, so if there was light marring, it's gone now.

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Just ordered one to clean both my C-Max commuter and the family Tahoe after 2800 vacation miles...will report back after use.

Good luck and definitely report back. You'll love the surface area to do the larger vehicles with ease.

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isn't marring the same as scratches/ swirls??

 

When I think of the word "scratch" I think of marks in the paint that my finger nail will catch on. Swirls, perhaps. When I talk about marring, I think about very minor deformations in the paint made by the clay that need to be polished away. I suppose it really just depends on the user's definitions. Good catch!

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I've been using a competitors disc shaped product for a few years, next time I need to buy one I'll give the mitt a shot... It's the only way to go IMO for daily drivers.... If I was doing a show car I'd probably go to the trouble of using traditional clay....

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I'm pretty new to detailing, so I'm a little confused on the marring that the mitt is going to cause. Is it going to be to the level that you would have to machine polish them out? Or is is a rub down with the Revive and they're gone? My wife's car is black and I don't want to add noticeable scratching and I don't own a polisher as of yet.

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I'm pretty new to detailing, so I'm a little confused on the marring that the mitt is going to cause. Is it going to be to the level that you would have to machine polish them out? Or is is a rub down with the Revive and they're gone? My wife's car is black and I don't want to add noticeable scratching and I don't own a polisher as of yet.

It's possible that the clay mitt, or any clay for that matter, will cause light swirling or marring that may need to be machine polished out. For the record, I didn't notice any marring when I used the mitt. However, there's many variables in play, especially if your black paint is on the softer side.

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It's possible that the clay mitt, or any clay for that matter, will cause light swirling or marring that may need to be machine polished out. For the record, I didn't notice any marring when I used the mitt. However, there's many variables in play, especially if your black paint is on the softer side.

I'm not sure how the Subaru paints are for hardness. I know the paint on my Crosstrek seems to chip a lot easier than I think it should. Maybe I'll test it it on our 2005 Tahoe to see what happens before I touch our good cars.

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I'm not sure how the Subaru paints are for hardness. I know the paint on my Crosstrek seems to chip a lot easier than I think it should. Maybe I'll test it it on our 2005 Tahoe to see what happens before I touch our good cars.

From my previous ownership of a Subaru, I feel the paint is extremely soft. I used to always say "my "rally" car was painted with water colors".....

 

 

Man do I miss my 04 STI!!

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I used the clay mitt this weekend. I think it works great. My hand would always cramp up using the clay bars. No hand cramps with the mitt. The only issue I came across is if you push down to hard it could leave a black mark almost like a shoe scuff on a linoleum tile floor. I had to use tar-ex to get the mark off. This only happened twice once of the edge of the door and once on the hood. Hard to see in the photo. Just don't push down real hard and there is no problems with the clay mitt. Definitely easier and faster than the clay bar.

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I used the clay mitt this weekend. I think it works great. My hand would always cramp up using the clay bars. No hand cramps with the mitt. The only issue I came across is if you push down to hard it could leave a black mark almost like a shoe scuff on a linoleum tile floor. I had to use tar-ex to get the mark off. This only happened twice once of the edge of the door and once on the hood. Hard to see in the photo. Just don't push down real hard and there is no problems with the clay mitt. Definitely easier and faster than the clay bar.

I had same exact thing happen on a white car when I tried it Monday, but then when I lightened my pressure, it wasn't really getting the grime off....I will have to try again

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While I don't own the mitt, I'm wondering if the marks are left because there isn't enough lubricant on the surface?

This may be it. On my wife's "new" car yesterday I was trying to work off some bad bug guts and although lubricated, I got a little hasty with the mitt and created a similar skid mark.

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While I don't own the mitt, I'm wondering if the marks are left because there isn't enough lubricant on the surface?

Maybe I wasn't using detail spray I was dunking the mitt in my wash bucket with car shampoo

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To be honest, I'm a little surprised by the direction of introducing a couple of these new products lately - This mitt and the sponge-on-a-handle being the most recent examples.  "Quick and easy" doesn't justify products that have a high potential for causing increasing damage, IMHO. 

 

I may be in the minority on this, but ideally polishing should be a very infrequent activity particularly with proper washing/drying and maintenance.  It almost seems like polishing would be required given the damage that the mitt likely causes over the more traditional clay.

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To be honest, I'm a little surprised by the direction of introducing a couple of these new products lately - This mitt and the sponge-on-a-handle being the most recent examples.  "Quick and easy" doesn't justify products that have a high potential for causing increasing damage, IMHO. 

 

I may be in the minority on this, but ideally polishing should be a very infrequent activity particularly with proper washing/drying and maintenance.  It almost seems like polishing would be required given the damage that the mitt likely causes over the more traditional clay.

I agree with you. I love when they make new products, but some companies have a bunch of useless stuff that just overwhelms you. Hopefully thats not the case here. I would have loved the idea of the long brush to have a washing wool or sponge on the end instead so its safer to use. Or the clay mitt to have a safer material so its safe to use on polished cars.

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