​​​​Best Clay Bar Kit

Best Clay Bar Kit Reviews

In this article we are going to review the top 10 buyer rated clay bar kits currently available on the market. We have based these ratings and reviews from customer feedback that we have found online, from a variety of automotive websites.

Clay bars work great on removing bonded contaminants like tree sap, tar, industrial fallout and whatever else the environment we live in can throw at us. Clay is also very good at removing over sprays.

Clay works great on paint, glass, chrome, headlights, chrome, wheels etc.It is worth pointing out at this stage that clay bars do not remove swirl marks or light scratches. For that you will need a cutting compound and then good quality car polish.

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Video on How To Properly Use a Clay Bar?

Here is a short 3 minute video on why and how to use a clay bar. This will ensure you know what to look for before buying a clay bar.

Top 10 List of Clay Bars

Just below we have created a list of the top 10 clay bar kits. We have done these by the highest buyer rating first. 

Listening to what real life buyers say is very important as they have spent their hard earned cash, and also taken time out of their lives to leave a review. They are worth reading and understanding.

  1. Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze Detailing Clay (92%)
  2. Adam's Visco Clay Bar Kit (92%)
  3. Clay Magic Blue, Fine Grade (92%)
  4. TAKAVU Car Clay Bar 2 Pack (92%)
  5. Simoniz S57 Perfect Finish Detailing Clay Bar (90%)
  6. Senrokes Clay Bar Car Detailing Clay (90%)
  7. Mothers 17240 Speed Clay 2.0 (88%)
  8. Chemical Guys CLY_402 Medium Clay Bar (88%)
  9. Griot's Garage 10691 Synthetic Clay (88%)
  10. IPELY 4 Pack 100g Car Clay Bar (86%)

Underneath we have done a review and comparison of each clay bar kit. As you can see though the top branded car products are included in our list above.

No 1 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze Detailing Clay

This is one of the best selling detailing clays currently available on the market. That it is why it is top of our list, and it really does sell a lot, with a very high buyer satisfaction rating of 92%.

This clay bar is very safe to use on all paint surfaces and with regular use it will provide long lasting benefits to your vehicle.

The kit includes 2 clay bars, a showroom instant detailer and a microfiber towel. This product usually retails around $15-20

What Buyers Liked

  • 79 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Some buyers said this is a miracle worker
  • Many buyers said that this is a great kit for someone that has never done it before, as it’s much harder to mar up the paint
  • Many car detailers said they bought this one as their number one choice

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 2% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • A small number of buyers said the clay bar was just too weak

No 2 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Adam's Visco Clay Bar Kit

This is a fairly new product to the market.So far it has achieved a very high buyer satisfaction rating of 92%.

It is made in the USA and comes with a Geolmpression tool. This clay is soft, stretchy, and sticky, and there is a pattern imprinted into the clay that makes it even more effective at cleaning surfaces.

The tool that comes with it ensures a comfortable grip while claying and that is important

This is an 80 gram bar that will not dry out, break down, or stick to your hand. It does need to be used with a lubricant like all clays.

What Buyers Liked

  • 83 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Some buyers said this was very easy to buff off
  • Many buyers said that this was more expensive than other clays but they thought it was still worth it
  • Many car detailers said they thought this one picked up more dirt than other bars they had used before

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • No buyers have given this product a low rating

No 3 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Clay Magic Blue

This is an interesting choice and is a pretty unique product. It instantly removes the environmental contaminants which can deteriorate a vehicle's finish.

Clay Magic is the original, seven patented clay bar and has been around for a long time.

It is well known to be able to remove any type of over spray,  and good for pre-cleaning before applying a paint protectant.


What Buyers Liked

  • 81 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Some buyers said it is amazing just how much dirt this bar lifts off any vehicle
  • Buyers loved the way that this clay did not fall part and was still easy to mold

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • No buyers so far have given this product a low rating

No 4 Clay Bar Kit Choice – TAKAVU Car Clay Bar 2 Pack

With this option you get two 100-gram bars and the clay is a medium grade clay that will leave your paint feeling smooth

It works well on your windshield, wheels, trim and paint. This clay bar is good to remove fallout, brake dust, hard water spots, or tree sap.

The manufacturer offers a money back guarantee in case their Clay Bar does not live up to your expectations.

What Buyers Liked

  • 68 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Some buyers said this is a miracle worker
  • Many buyers said that this is a great kit for someone that has never done it before, as it’s much harder to mar up the paint
  • Many car detailers said they bought this one as their number one choice

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 2% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • A small number of buyers said the clay bar was just too weak

No 5 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Simoniz S57 Perfect Finish Detailing Clay Bar

This is a popular choice for many buyers and is of course a very well known car care brand. Overall buyers gave this clay bar kit an average 90% buyer satisfaction rating.

This is simply the clay bar so you don’t get anything else with this one. Most buyers of this clay bar will use a water spray with this bar or some kind of liquid lubricator. ​

typical bar will be enough to do 2 cars, or to do your car twice. Many buyers break the bar in half and keep the other half for when the need to use it again.

What Buyers Liked

  • 71 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said this is a very easy clay bar to use and gives great results
  • Buyers said this was extremely good at removing all of the dirt
  • Buyers said that dollar for dollar this one is as good as any on the market right now
  • Buyers also said that this leaves a very smooth finish but you do have to work at it

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 3% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • A small number of buyers said the bar is just too small and not great value for money

No 6 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Senrokes Clay Bar Car Detailing Clay

This is a four pack of clay bars (100 grams per bar) that is getting fairly solid buyer reviews. We found around 200 online buyer reviews for this brand and product, so clearly buyers have been trying it out.

It does seem to be really good value for money and the bars do come in a pretty neat plastic storage box.

Like all clays a lubricant is required and the combination of that and this clay seems to work for the majority of online buyers.

What Buyers Liked

  • 76 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Most buyers agreed that this was good value for money
  • They also said that although not as aggressive as some bars, this one did a good enough job
  • Buyers did like that fact that they got a sealed container with this to help keep the clay soft

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 4% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • A small number of buyers said the clay bar didn't pick up as much dirt as other brands that they had used

No 7 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Mothers 17240 Speed Clay 2.0

This is thee best selling clay bar online and mainly down to the popularity of the well known Mothers brand. It is a rubber ploymer rather than a traditional clay bar.

It is very effective at removing paint overs pray, water spots, tree sap, rail dust, bird droppings, light oxidation and brake dust.

This of course helps to restore the paint, chrome, glass and plastics on vehicles.

What Buyers Liked

  • 72 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Some buyers said it surprised them how well this product worked
  • Most buyers said it worked best on not very old cars and seemed to struggle a bit on really old cars
  • Most buyers said this was much easier to use than a normal clay bar

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 7% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • Some buyers said the normal clay bar works better than this gadget

No 8 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Chemical Guys CLY_402 Medium Clay Bar, Gray

This is another big seller online and many buyers use this as their "go to" clay bar.

You can buy this product in a light, medium or heavy grade depending on what results you want to achieve.

This one is effective at removing moderate overspray, rail dust, brake dust, pollution and contamination

The clay is elastic and really easy to use and gets rid of a lot of dirt.

It can be used on paintwork, glass, plastic and metal surfaces. ​

It is non-abrasive and safe on aluminum, chrome, fiberglass and all painted surfaces.

What Buyers Liked

  • 72 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Some buyers said this is very much like a standard go to clay and does leave a very smooth finish
  • Buyers stated the medium and heavy options are aggressive and care was needed, but very effective when used

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 6% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • A small number of buyers said the clay bar scratched their paint surface

No 9 Clay Bar Kit Choice – Griot's Garage 10691 Synthetic Clay

Some buyers swear by the Griot's Garage brand.

This is actually a clay/polymer synthetic clay bar that the manufacturer claims can remove impurities faster than clay bars.

They also claim that this product will last you a great deal longer than traditional clay bars.

This product has a diamond pattern on the clay and helps deliver a smooth finish, and many buyers said they liked the grip.

What Buyers Liked

  • 70 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Many buyers were very impressed with the end results
  • Buyers said this was really fast to use when compared to normal clay bars and the results were just as good

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 8% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • A small number of buyers said this didn't have a great performance

No 10 Clay Bar Kit Choice – IPELY 4 Pack 100g Car Clay Bar

This is a synthetic plastic putty type of clay bar that can be used on paintwork, glass, headlights, tail lights, chrome, and wheels

You get a 4 pack of 100 gram clay bars

It is pretty good value for money and overall buyers seem to like this one. Buyers also mentioned this is quite a soft clay and very easy to use


What Buyers Liked

  • 71 out of 100 buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Many buyers liked the fact that this was easy to use and they got good results
  • Buyers thought this one was the best value for money

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Only 8% of buyers have give this product a low rating
  • A small number of buyers said the clay bar left streaks

Our Clay Bar Buying Guide

We have included just below a full buying guide that we think will really help you out.

What Grade of Clay Bar Should You Use?

There are as you can see a lot of clay bars and clay bar kits on the market. These are made by many different manufacturers, so we wanted to give you a general guide to understanding what the different grades of clay bar are, and when you should use them.

A clay bar is simply a product that can be used to remove contamination from a painted surface. When you do that it makes it a great deal easier and more efficient to polish and wax. That then ensures a clean and smooth surface with a great showroom style shine.

There are essentially three grades of clay bar:

  1. Fine – not coarse, easy to knead and will work but take more work and as such are slower to work. There is however little to no risk of damaging your paint
  2. Medium – probably the most popular choice and a good choice for cars that have not or never been clayed for a few years. These medium clays do work faster and there is only a low risk of marring the paint
  3. Heavy – beginners should avoid these and I would only recommend these to professional detailers who are experienced and know what they are doing

These grades of clay bar are used by car detailers and also by car enthusiasts to prepare a car for polish and wax. The different grades are for different applications and experienced car detailers know when each grade should be used.

Finer to medium clay bars tend to do the job most of the time on lightly contaminated vehicles and leave a pretty smooth surface behind. Some vehicles are sprayed with harder paints and when clay is used on these it should always be used with a good quality lubricant.

Some cars and some vintage cars will have a more sensitive paint used. Please exercise great care if you plan on using a clay. With these even the finest of clay bars may easily leave some marring on the surface. If that happens then that marring will require some polishing to remove.

The general principle is that the more abrasive clay bars tend to work much quicker in removing contamination, but at the same time will pretty much 100% of the time lightly mar the surface. Once polished and waxed that will not be noticed.

If you are knew to using a clay bar then we would recommend a medium bar and do a small area to start with. Clay bar selection depends mainly on the level and type of contamination. Car detailers have a good sense of this as they do this job every day.

Your normal car owner will not have that experience. If in doubt start with a fine clay bar and when that is used properly it will do a good enough job. However just be aware that if contamination is something that has built up over the years, with contaminant like stubborn tree sap or really stubborn tar, then you should use a more abrasive clay bar.

That is simply because it will reduce the working time and be a lot more effective, though you will always have to polish the vehicle afterwards.

Finally selecting a clay bar really comes down to what results you want to get. Our recommendation overall is start with a fine bar and work your way up as required.

Why Should You Use a Clay Bar?

When you buy a new car straight out of a showroom it really has not been exposed to the environment. It has been made in a factory, sprayed, polished and waxed. The only time it has been exposed to the atmosphere and environment is when it is being transported.

Once it is on the road though, the surface and the paintwork of your vehicle is constantly getting exposed to airborne contaminants. With many of these contaminants they actually stick to the finish and over a period of time will cause damage.

These are things such as brake dust, industrial fallout, tree sap, bird droppings, bug residue, tar, etc. Many of these are corrosive, and they will start to eat through the clear coat on your vehicle and cause rust spots if not removed regularly by using a clay bar.

One common form of this will be well known by white car owners. It is referred to in the car industry as “rail dust.” This is where small metal particles get stuck in the finish, and will show up as tiny rust colored dots.

If you regularly wash your vehicle it doesn’t remove all of the contaminants. This grime builds up over time and in all honesty the only effective way to remove that is by using clay.

How To Use a Clay Bar?

We will start by answering a very common question, how often should you use a clay bar? We would recommend twice a year. We found this video below from Meguiars that we think best explains this process and how to do it properly. As you will see in this video, preparing your car for polish/wax is in two stages:

  1. Using the clay – removes above the surface contaminants
  2. Using a compound – removes any swirl marks and light scratches

To clay a car you will need just three things:

TOP TIP: – Use lots of lubrication

You will have noticed the guy in the video uses a lot of lubrication and that is very important to do especially with medium or heavy clays. The clay should glide across the surface and without lubrication that will not happen and will end up marring the surface of the paint.

Always break your clay bar up into 4 pieces. The reason for this is that if you drop the full bar on the ground, then it is contaminated and it needs to be thrown away. If it picked up small dust when it hit the ground it will only scratch your car.

Mold and knead the piece of clay until it is wide enough to fit over your three middle fingers. I always work in sections of about 2 square feet and use a lot of lubricant. Always make certain that the area you are working on is covered with lubricant, as otherwise the clay will stick.

Apply a light pressure when doing this and move only backwards and forwards in one direction only. Don’t use circular movements and don’t change direction. As you do that you will feel the difference as the contaminants are removed. You will hear a change in the sound and you will also feel the surface getting smoother.

You will also notice the contaminants gathering on the clay. That is when you knead it again and get a fresh and clean part of the clay. I always do the body of the vehicle first, then the glass and use it finally on the wheels.

When the section has been clayed to your satisfaction then wipe the lubricant off and dry it with a clean microfiber cloth.

How Long Does it Take to Clay a Car?

If the car has never been clayed before, then the first time you do this will take around one hour of your time, depending on how bad it is, or how thorough you want to be. After that first time, and providing you polish and wax the car from then on, then I can normally do my next clay session in about 30 minutes.

As I only do this task twice a year, it is really not that big an effort, and you also get to chat with the neighbours, well those who are curious why you are rubbing your car with a lump of clay.

How to Store Your Clay Bar?

Clay needs to be stored somewhere that the sun and air can not get at it. The simplest way of doing this is to spray it with some lubricator and then put it into a zip lock bag. The store it in a cupboard where the sun will not shine on it. You can store this in any airtight container.

The Compound Stage of Car Preparation
If you watched the video above you will notice the guy talks about both claying and then using a compound to remove swirl marks or light scratches.

If there are no swirl marks or light scratches then you can of course skip the compound stage. Personally I have used the Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound to get rid of swirl marks and I think it is one of the best out there. I have done a review on this which you can read by clicking here.

I also use the Meguiar’s G3500 DA Power System Tool as it works really well. It certainly speeds things up, but you can also do the compound by hand, though it is a slow process and especially on a bigger vehicle.

Claying and Car Care

There are 5 steps to caring for your car. These are:

  1. Always rinse, wash and dry the car first
  2. Use a clay bar and then a compound to remove contaminants and swirls
  3. Polish You Car to a brilliant high gloss. You only really need to polish dark colored cars (Click Here for the best polish)
  4. Wax your car as this is what seals the car and protects the paint surface.(Click here for the best car wax)
  5. Detail your car – maintaining the car, so use a quick detailer and microfiber cloth for fast removal of contaminants

As you can see using a clay is one of the five basic steps to complete car care. ​

If you are a car enthusiast or just someone who wants to look after their car, then a wash and wax should be done every couple of weeks. Then keep a detailer handy to top this up if your car starts to pick up general dust and dirt.

About twice a year complete the 5 step process shown above and your car will always look fantastic.