20 July 2016

Surface prep mitts, your fast track to pristine paint

Failing to address tough, embedded contaminants dooms your paint to a dull and gloomy future. Fight the funk! Impurities like pollen fallout, tree sap, water spots, bug jerky and road grime, wreak havoc on your paint finish because they can build up and create a layer of deposits that defy normal washing. These entrenched deposits must be removed because polishing your paint will only grind them further into your finish, causing swirl marks and blemishes. Wax does not adhere well to contaminated paint and waxing over the deposits only protects them, and makes achieving paint perfection all the more difficult.

Traditionally, claying is performed with a bar that typically measures 3" x 3" but Griot's Garage has a better way to clay. Griot's Garage Surface Prep Mitts are bigger, their unique diamond patterned polymer surface measures 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" which is seven times larger than a clay bar, so you can cover more ground faster. Further, the polymer matrix lasts 10 times longer than a clay bar, enough for detailing 70 to 100 cars.

Once you've completed the claying process draw your finger across your paint again and feel what clean truly means as the paint will be amazingly smooth. Now you are ready to polish or wax.

Video Car Care Tip: See How Surface Prep Mitts Smooth Your Paint

3 Reader Comments

  • 1
    George Soares Swansea, Massachusetts 02777 July 20, 2016 at 22:54
    Looking for something to show deep into Black surface???
  • 2
    bill tacoma July 21, 2016 at 01:06
    Never use clay again! 61/2 hours to clay 1/2 my '55 Olds. 11/2 hours to do the entire car to perfection with the surface prep mitt. Like I told them at the headquarters store, they missed the boat by not calling it "The MAGIC Mitt" ! Worked fantastically on my stainless and chrome, too.
  • 3
    Don Fox Eastern Oregon July 21, 2016 at 10:38
    I have a 1990 Ford Bronco II that looks, except for a few road dings, like it just rolled off the assembly line. For the last 26 years I have waxed Ruby twice each year, in the spring and again in the fall. I use Mothers paint cleaner once a year and wax twice a year. Ruby, has for the last 25 years been kept in the garage with my other vehicles when not in use. I've used other products, but always go back to Mothers. This is one SUV that gets used hard in the mountain around us.

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