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    Does clay (sealed) have a shelf life?

    Bought some clay about 4 years ago at Walmart on clearance - $4 for the bar, QD.. Used 2 of the 5 boxes and the other 3 remained.

    Fast forward where today I remembered I still had them under the sink still sealed. Opened the clay, wet down my fingers and started kneading a quarter/little larger chunk and it started coming apart and almost breaking as it was really hard. Just a few swipes later it started shedding little pieces of it (was plenty of QD) all over the area I was working with. I re-kneaded it really well, still wanted to come apart in my hands. I tried working with it a little more and then it pretty much turned into a bubblegum consistency. Was using Last touch 1:1 with it.

    Opened a 2nd box, unwrapped the clay and it behaved in the same way. The other 2 boxes I used several years ago were fine, no issues. Temperature around 70 where they were stored, no sunlight on them, nothing out of the ordinary.

    I never knew that clay had a shelf life?

    /clay magic blue clay - gotta use the stash sometime before cracking open the megs I have

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    Re: Does clay (sealed) have a shelf life?

    Was it Meguiars clay, or the Blue Magic that shredded?
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    Re: Does clay (sealed) have a shelf life?

    The clay in question is the clay magic stuff. Was going to use it up as I got my first box of the smooth surface megs stuff about 2 weeks ago from WM.

    Shredded is a good word for it.

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    Re: Does clay (sealed) have a shelf life?

    I have used the Clay Magic, but right away, never stored it.

    Perhaps they need to be kept a bit more moist?

    They tend to say to store used pieces of clay with a spritz of QD, perhaps that would have helped?

    I am kind of curious also, because I have about 5 blocks of Meguiars clay sitting around waiting to use. I only need about 1 a year for my own car.
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    Re: Does clay (sealed) have a shelf life?

    Well these bars were factory sealed, never opened. After opening I store them in a ziplock baggie with some qd sprayed in to keep it wet.

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