Decontamination and Prep

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Here are links to some of my favourite chemical and physical decontamination products/

Decon Shampoo

Garage Therapy /ZERO: Decontamination Shampoo

This is quite a unique shampoo that is very potent. It’s designed to cleanse the paintwork and help remove old waxes and sealants. It’s a fantastic product that’s very foamy and has ridiculously good cleaning power.

I use this product before applying a new sealant or wax to my car or to prep the paintwork before polishing. It doesn’t replace the need to chemically and physically decontaminate the paintwork, but it does help to reduce the frequency that those steps would need to be performed. It can also be used as a clay lubricant.

Check out Garage Therapy /Zero: Decontamination Shampoo.

Chemical Decontamination

Bilt Hamber Korrosol 

This is an iron fallout remover which dissolves any iron particles that may have bound to the paint’s surface or alloys. It’s fast acting, and does an excellent job at removing the iron particles. It’s definitely one of the most cost effective fallout removers on the market and the quality is top notch. 

Here are links to Bilt Hamber Korrosol:

Autoglanz Spar Tar

This is another cost-effective product that simply does the job without any fuss. It quickly clears up any glue residue left over by badges, stickers etc., and does a good job at dissolving tar spots that are commonly found on the lower panels behind the wheels.

Check out Autoglanz Spar Tar.

Physical Contamination

Bilt Hamber Soft Clay

I like to use the soft clay because I find that it’s abrasive enough to remove contamination without causing excessive marring. Of course, there are risks that come with claying, and you may need to polish afterwards, depending on how soft your car’s paint is, but I think this is one of the safer clay bars you can go for.

Here are links to Bilt Hamber Soft Clay:

Panel Wipe Solution

CarPro Eraser

A panel wipe solution should be used after polishing to remove any oils on the surface. It can also be used prior to applying a wax or sealant to help remove any residue and give the product the best chance of lasting longer on the paintwork.

I think CarPro Eraser is a brilliant option which is definitely more powerful compared to just using IPA and is one of the better smelling panel wipes on the market.

Here are links to CarPro Eraser: