Works good, if a little stiff
January 29, 2012
Bought this since it seemed to be better value than the Pinnacle clay. While there doesn't seem to be any other reviews of this on the internet, I bought it anyways since $20 gets you 8 oz of product. Is it better than Pinnacle's clay? Maybe you should send me a bar so I can find out.
The clay comes in a jar as pictured. This means that if you want to store the clay, you probably want to put the clay in the jar, then the jar in a zip lock bag. I wouldn't bet on the jar itself being air tight enough to keep moisture in.
Performance is good. Using Poorboy's Spray and Wipe diluted 1:1 with water (if you see my review saying 2:1 on the S&W page, that's a typo), the clay never marred or stuck to the surface of my car. The clay doesn't seem to be incredibly aggresive, as larger specks of dirt embedded into the paint never lifted out. The clay did remove all the unseen roughness out of the paint though, leaving it slick as glass, and making me realize I had more scratches and swirls than I thought previously (but not as a result of claying). The larger contaminants were about a millimeter in length, and look to be tar spots or similar. I followed the instructions commonly available on the internet (plenty of lube, spread clay as wide as your fingers, not much additional pressure) I used a 1 oz piece (1/8th of the bar) on the trunk lid, and the clay is hardly dirty.
I would recommend anybody using it to do it in a warmer environment, as doing it at 5 C makes it difficult to knead the clay.