auto-clay soft provides a method of removing harmful contamination from vehicle paint finishes, improving its durability and increasing the gloss level of subsequent waxes. Its excellent for frequent use, less contaminated paint and winter / cold climate use.
Contamination can consist of tiny metallic particles from rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout; or non-metallic substances such as tree sap, bird droppings or insect residue. It affects all paint finishes and can cause serious damage when left untreated. Surprisingly, even brand-new cars and trucks can suffer from paint contamination.
Metallic contamination is perhaps the worst offender; whilst stuck into the paint surface it corrodes and expands leading to the onset of paint film destruction. Paint contamination can be felt as a rough or gritty texture on the freshly cleaned paint's surface. To assess the degree of contamination on you car's finish simply rub your fingers gently over the freshly washed paint - to magnify the sensation place a piece of cellophane beneath your finger tips and gently rub back and forth - if your paint needs to be clayed you will feel the gritty texture. It is usual to find that horizontal panels such as bonnet roof and boot lid are the most affected.
auto-clay removes these particles effortlessly from contaminated surfaces leaving a glass- smooth ultra-clean finish perfectly prepared for the application of auto-balm, finis-wax, hydra-wax or micro-fine A clay prepared paint surface is not only free of damaging particles but will provide better shine and durability when treated with waxes etc.
Competing clays require the use of special lubricants. Bilt-Hamber Laboratories auto-clay differs as its formulation enables normal tap water to provide the necessary lubrication. Some clay bars contain surfactants such as powdered detergents or soaps. Long-term use of surfactants can have adverse effects on paint systems - auto-clay contains no surfactants detergents soaps or other soluble materials.
Contamination cannot be removed by washing, waxing and/or polishing. Cutting compounds remove a thin layer of paint but still leave the embedment behind.
auto-clay soft is formulated to compliment our regular and our medium bars. It is designed to be ideally suited to the more frequent user - the softer easy to mould formulation will makes the claying of intricate areas of modern panel folds a cinch, and folding the bar to reveal clean clay is going to make the whole process quicker too. While we would suggest that our original bar is still preferred for the super-smoothing of not previously clayed paint or removing overspray, the soft bar is the perfect more routine compliment, allowing the more regular detailer to keep silky smooth paintwork with the absolute minimum of effort and fuss.
All of the Bilt-Hamber auto-clay bars are formulated with the same finely divided low hardness minerals so that the abrasive effect is virtually non-existant when compared to other brands. Both still use just water as a lube (so you can now save money by not needing lube for 2 different consistencies of clay) and both continue to rely on their shear effect to remove contamination rather than wearing away the embedded matter. Clay bars that rely on abrasion abrade paint, and yes. auto-clay soft is gentler too.
Even more user friendly from the pack - beautifully soft and pliable.
Perfect for more regular work without damage
Still water compatible
Still a massive 200g - twice what you get with many other bars!