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Old 09-07-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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Water as a lubricant for Clay Bar?

Can I use/is it recommended for water to be used as a lubricant for clay barring? Especially, toward the end of rinsing the car from a wash??

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Old 09-07-2009, 11:01 AM   #2
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:03 AM   #3
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I actually helped a 15 year veteran detailer detail my car on Saturday morning and we used water as a lubricant. It works just as well as any clay bar specific lubricant spray.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #4
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i would not use water as a lubricant myself. i us ONR diluted with distilled water and i can make gallons of clay lube with a small bottle of ONR
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:26 AM   #5
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i would not use water as a lubricant myself. i us ONR diluted with distilled water and i can make gallons of clay lube with a small bottle of ONR
is there a reason why you wouldn't use just plain water?
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is there a reason why you wouldn't use just plain water?
Because it doesnt provide enough lubrication IMO. ONR is great for clay bar lube, and you use so little it is very cost effective. It allows the clay to glide over the paint easily.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:22 PM   #7
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:39 PM   #8
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I actually helped a 15 year veteran detailer detail my car on Saturday morning and we used water as a lubricant. It works just as well as any clay bar specific lubricant spray.
Yes water WORKS, but is it the BEST thing to use? No.

Its like saying "can I use just water to wash my car?" Yes, you could take a hose and a mitt, and wash your car with just water. Would it be cleaner? Yes. Is it the better to use soap that helps clean better, lubricate and emulsify dirt, etc......YES
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Can I use/is it recommended for water to be used as a lubricant for clay barring? Especially, toward the end of rinsing the car from a wash??
Only if you are polishing afterwards. Water+clay=marring

Otherwise use a qd/onr/soapy water.
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:21 PM   #10
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Only if you are polishing afterwards. Water+clay=marring

Otherwise use a qd/onr/soapy water.

what about using a steady stream of running water as lubricant?
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what about using a steady stream of running water as lubricant?
water+clay=marring
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Only if you are polishing afterwards. Water+clay=marring

Otherwise use a qd/onr/soapy water.
Oh "marring" huh? That's actually really funny, because I don't have nor can see any marring on my car after the water+clay. And it's Jet Black.

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Old 09-07-2009, 06:42 PM   #13
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Oh "marring" huh? That's actually really funny, because I don't have nor can see any marring on my car after the water+clay. And it's Jet Black.
I maybe using a different grade clay, but to put a picture like that on here without having some direct light on the paint is silly to try to prove a point.

It is always recommended to use a qd/onr/soapy water to clay.

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Old 09-07-2009, 06:50 PM   #14
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Here it is how the paint really looks

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Old 09-07-2009, 06:52 PM   #15
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I maybe using a different grade clay, but to put a picture like that on here without having some direct light on the paint is silly to try to prove a point.

It is always recommended to use a qd/onr/soapy water to clay.

I'm glad you said it was silly to prove a point, because I love shutting people up.



I give you, WATER+CLAY!




Jebus I seez lot's and lot's of marring! OMG someonez helpz meh!
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:13 PM   #18
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I'm glad you said it was silly to prove a point, because I love shutting people up.
As I said before:

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I maybe using a different grade clay

You may love shutting people up, but you can't shut me up.

I do this for a living, I may have a few more hours of detailing behind me.
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:15 PM   #19
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anyways, i ask because using running water as lubricant for clay barring upon rinsing the car after a soapy wash would save A LOT of time versus spritzing small sections after the car has dried.
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:19 PM   #20
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You may love shutting people up, but you can't shut me up.

I do this for a living, I may have a few more hours of detailing behind me.
It's cool man all love from my side. Yea my detail guy has detailed anything from a Dodge to Ferrari's and he said that's wasn't a biggie. He night be using a different grade clay but the water method worked out just fine for me.
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