I only feel the need to use this Blue, Fine Grade version of the AutoScrub system. This Sponge, the AutoScrub Pad, and Optimum Clay Bar are what we use for Step 3 of the Decon process. You can use soap and water, detail spray, or a dedicated lube like Glide for this "mechanical" part of removing contaminants that are embedded in the surface of the clear coat. I find myself using this Sponge more than the larger pad or clay bar. It's much more convenient and contours to the surface. So if you were to pick one, I'd pick this. You could do your whole car with it. If you drop it, rinse it off, and keep going.
I'm not sure how many years I've had my original pad, but it's more than 5 years old. So despite the initial expense, these last a really long time. I've certainly spent more on clay bars over that time frame than I have on this. I equate this to being about 90% as effective as clay, but much quicker and easier to work with.
You could watch the video above if you'd like, but I use this like so. This is the second step of the decon process.
There is nothing else like this on the market that is designed for stripping prior to iron removal and claying the car. You also won't... View full product details
This is the product we use for Step 2 of the Decon process (after strip washing). I've used six or seven different company's version of... View full product details
This Optimum Clay Bar, the AutoScrub Sponge, and 6" Pad are what I use for Step 3 of the Decon process. You can use soap... View full product details
I only feel the need to use this Blue, Fine Grade version of the AutoScrub system. The more aggressive options aren't necessary. This Pad, the... View full product details