Decontamination and Prep

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If you really want to give your car the best possible finish, then you’ll need to decontaminate it before performing any paint correction or protection.

Here are some of my favourite chemical and physical decontamination products.

  • Garage Therapy /Zero: Decontamination Shampoo
  • Bilt Hamber Korrosol Iron Fallout Remover
  • Car Chem Glue and Tar Remover
  • Bilt Hamber Soft Clay Bar

Decontamination 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.

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. 

Check out Bilt Hamber Korrosol. 

Car Chem Glue and Tar Remover

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 Car Chem Glue and Tar Remover.

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.

Check out Bilt Hamber Soft Clay on Amazon.