How to Remove Ingrained Dirt, Bugs and Bird Lime

G3 Pro Clay Mitt and Rapid Detailer being used on ingrained dirt on a car roof

Normal washing is often not enough to completely remove bugs and insects that have stuck to your vehicle's surfaces. A well-lubricated G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt is ideal for removing them and other stubborn contaminants.

Step 1: Regular Wash

The G3 Pro Clay Mitt and Rapid Detailer combo can be used for maintenance cleans between washes, but for removing ingrained dirt, we recommend you follow our best practice guide to Safely and Effectively Clean Paintwork before following this guide - Snow Foam followed by Shampoo application with the "Two Bucket" Car Wash Method will lift a majority of contaminants, allowing you to focus on smaller areas of ingrained dirt.

G3 Pro Snow Foam solution being sprayed by a pressure washer onto the roof of a car

We recommend a: Pre-wash with snow foam

Lambswool wash mitt being used on the roof of a car

...followed by a shampoo wash

Step 2: Identify

Ingrained Dirt on Car Roof after being cleaned with Shampoo and Snow Foam

Check for ingrained dirt and other contaminants

Checking the temperature of a car roof by touch

Make sure that the surface is cool.

Step 3: Clay Mitt & Detailer Combo

Ingrained Dirt on Car Roof being sprayed with Rapid Detailer

Spray the surface...

G3 Pro Clay Mitt infront of Ingrained Dirt on Car Roof being sprayed with Rapid Detailer

...spray the clay mitt...

G3 Pro Clay Mitt and Rapid Detailer being used on ingrained dirt on a car roof

...and keep it lubricated!

Using the Clay side of the Clay Mitt to remove ingrained dirt from a car roof

Wipe with the clay side....

Using the Cloth side of the Clay Mitt to wipe away residue having removed ingrained dirt from a car roof

...then wipe with the cloth side

Smears and residue left on roof of car when removing ingrained dirt on roof

Smears? Don't panic!

Rapid Detailer 2.0 behaves slightly differently because of its protective properties - if you have smears, just apply a little more product to moisten it and wipe it away.
G Plus Microfibre Cloth being used to buff a car roof

Recommended: Finish with a microfibre cloth

Finally, we recommend wiping with a clean microfibre cloth for best results.
Shiny car roof having removed ingrained dirt - clear reflection of trees

Ingrained dirt: Gone

Great!

Did You Know?

G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt being dipped into a bucket with G3 Pro Shampoo solution

Clay mitt + shampoo?!?

That's right! For a true decontaminating wash, the G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt can be used with shampoo!
G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt washing a car, covered in shampoo suds

Keep it wet!

As before, it is IMPORTANT that the clay mitt stays wet when in use. If you plan to do this, you will need to soak your clay mitt more often than a wash mitt to keep it well lubricated!

Products Used

G3 PRO CLAY MITT - Photo of the front side of a Purple and Black Clay Mitt in its Plastic Bag on a White Background

G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt removes ingrained dirt that causes dulling and minor defects when used with a G3 Pro Detailer.

G3 PRO RAPID DETAILER 2.0 - Front Photo of 500 ml size SKU on a White Background
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G3 Pro Rapid Detailer 2.0 is a non-hazardous, silicone-free cleaner that removes bird lime, tree sap, dust and fingerprints from surfaces whilst leaving a protective layer.

G PLUS FINISHING CLOTH - 1 Unfolded Yellow Cloths on a White Background

G Plus Finishing Cloths are ideal for quick cleaning and drying jobs. Its microfibre technology grips dust and small dirt particles, and the cloth’s edgeless finish prevents damaging and scratches. 

BOOST CLOTH - Photo - Single Grey Cloth folded at a slight angle on a White Background

‘made by boost’ Microfibre Cloths are both edgeless and low lint making them ideal for a wide variety of tasks.

G3 PRO SNOW FOAM - Front Photo of 500 ml size SKU on a White Background

G3 Pro Snow Foam is a pH neutral cleaner, safe for all surfaces and paint finishes. It is ideal for touchless cleaning and maintenance washes, before full exterior work.

G3 PRO SHAMPOO - Photo of 500 ml size SKU on a White Background

G3 Pro Shampoo's highly concentrated formula delivers high foaming action - softening and lifting dirt to prevent surface damage whilst leaving a high gloss shine.

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FAQs

G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt - How to Use | @G3Professional

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How to Use: G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt How to Use: G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt

1. Clean surface thoroughly

2. Lightly spray the area to be cleaned and the mitt with G3 Pro Rapid Detailer, G3 Pro Rapid Detailer 2.0 or use with G3 Pro Shampoo

3. Wipe over the surface with the clay side of the mitt

4. Wipe clean with the cloth side of the mitt

CAUTION: Always keep the G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt lubricated. Do not use dry.

After use, rinse off accumulated contaminants on the clay side and allow to dry.

NB unlike a clay bar, if dropped you do not need to discard the Clay Mitt, just rinse thoroughly in clean water.

How to Use: G3 Pro Rapid Detailer 2.0 How to Use: G3 Pro Rapid Detailer 2.0

1. Spray a light mist of product onto the surface

2. Use a Farécla G Plus Finishing Cloth to spread the product and clean the surface, wiping off polishing residues glue, lines etc.

3. Use a dry area of the cloth, or ideally a second, clean dry Farécla G Plus Finishing Cloth to buff the surface

Note: for tougher contamination like birdlime allow the product to dwell for a few seconds before wiping

FOR INGRAINED DIRT

1. Having first washed the surface, spray G3 Pro Rapid Detailer onto both the selected work area and a G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt

2. Gently work the mitt over the lubricated surface with light pressure without letting it dry. CAUTION: Keep the G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt lubricated during use

3. Buff off any residue with a soft, clean, dry microfibre cloth using a light circular motion. The surface should now feel smooth to the touch

Do I need to clay my car? Do I need to clay my car?

Your eye may not see contaminants bonded your paint that washing alone will not remove. A quick test to see if claying your car would be of benefit is lightly run your hand over the bodywork. Any grittiness felt are the contaminants such as iron particles, tree sap and bug remnants. 

The G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt will lift these particles from paintwork and glass, leaving a smooth finish ready for finishing with a sealant or wax.

Run your hand lightly over the surface after using the clay mitt to feel the difference.

How do I remove tar spots from my G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt? How do I remove tar spots from my G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt?

As you work over your car’s surface, the mitt effectively removes small tar spots from the paint and these can sometimes stick to the clay pad. 

If you are having this issue, you can remove them by gently massaging undiluted Washing Up Liquid into the spots.

How do I store my G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt in-between uses? How do I store my G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt in-between uses?

After use, the G3 Pro Deep Clean Clay Mitt needs to be allowed to dry out naturally – for this, you can hang it up on a hook using the tag/loop on the side. Once dried, you should then keep it in a resealable plastic bag.