FMF Explains : Decontamination

Just when you thought the cleaning was done, after the pre-wash and washing stages you can then turn your eyes to any contaminants that are more stubborn than the day to day road spray. Decontamination stage in car detailing is not carried out frequently under normal driving and storage conditions.

Fall Out Removers

Fallout removal is difficult, nearly impossible, by traditional methods. The only way to eradicate metal contamination safely is by dissolving through a chemical reaction. This why the decontamination wash stage involves using a product specially formulated for ferrous material removal like Purple Rain. Normally made to cling to surfaces and rapidly break down industrial fallout, baked-on brake dust, and iron particulate contamination. 

Tar & Glue Removers

Contaminants such as brake dust, water spots, industrial fallout, and even old layers of wax can bond to the paintwork, spoiling an otherwise flawless finish.

What most of these contaminates have in common is that they’re sticky oil-based stains. To remove them you’ll need a strong solvent-based formula, like Just the Tonic, to dissolve them enough to allow them to be wiped away.

Clay Bars

Can you feel a rough texture on your paintwork after washing? That rough texture that you feel is basically a mix of micro-level dirt that has stuck to your clear coat that won’t come off with a simple wash. The act of removing deeply ingrained impurities that, most of the time, you won’t be able to see. Most at home car detailing amateurs may see this is some highly skilled process not possible by the common housebound persons, but its really not. Working one panel at a time, spraying on the lube and working a clean piece of clay back and forth with medium to light pressure.