Paint Preparation - the basics..

It is one of the most important steps in car care. Before polishing or adding any last step products (LSP's) such as wax or sealant, the paint should be prepared. This is done through a variety of methods. Tar removal is done via a spray-able tar remover which will dissolve bonded tar, and this can be simply wiped / rinsed off. Following this, industrial fallout can be removed via a dedicated fallout remover. Around your car, you may notice dark coloured (sometimes orange / brown) spots - this could be industrial fallout from factories, railways, or simply brake dust from your car or others. Spray with fallout remover, and watch as the solution changes colour as it dissolves this fallout, once left to dwell and this colour change has taken place, simply rinse away. The final step is to remove bonded surface contaminants such as tree sap etc. If you rub your hand over a washed panel, does it feel slightly rough?

This is where a clay bar comes in. Break a section from your bar, and mould into a flat piece, spray the panel you are working on liberally with clay lube, then rub the clay back and forth 12-18 times over the section. Once the panel feels super smooth, move onto the next, and once the clay gets dirty, re mould to form a clean surface and move along panel by panel - but remember, if you ever drop the clay..BIN IT! and start with a fresh piece! iShine Car Care stock a complete range of tar and fallout removers, plus clay and clay lubes.
25 product(s) found for "Paint Preparation and Cleaning"
75mm 3" Headlight Restoration Kit
Flexipads 'Glacier' Headlight Restoration Kit - are your lights, dull, swirled and scratched? Now you can restore them to a new look with this great kit. Complete kit, designed to be used with most electric drills that accept a 6mm bit. 50ml Plastic Cutting Compound (Purple) UV Sealant 75mm Velcro Backing...
Auto Finesse Glide Clay Lube
1 x 500ml bottle. Lack of proper lubrication is the number one cause of marring during the claying process, which is why we created Auto Finesse Glide clay bar lube. Its special blend of slip agents help to encapsulate debris released during the claying process, and allow the detailing clay bar to slide...
Auto Finesse Iron Out Contamination Remover
1 x 500ml bottle. Reactive iron fallout removers are one of the coolest new products to hit the detailing industry in recent years, and Auto Finesse Iron Out Intensive Iron Contaminate and Fallout Remover is our addition to this important decontamination stage. Iron fallout (Also called Rail Dust, though...
Auto Finesse ObliTARate Tar and Glue Remover
1 x 500ml bottle. Watch tar and glue residues get ObliTARated, Auto Finesse style! Auto Finesse ObliTARates strong, solvent-based formula quickly dissolves contamination on contact, removing even the most stubborn tar and glue residues without damaging the underlying finish. Long dissatisfied with the...
Autobrite Just the Tonic Tar & Glue Remover
Autobrite Tar + Glue Remover is a hydrocarbon based formula containing no chlorinated solvents or methanol. It is highly effective at removing tar, glue, and asphalt from most hard surfaces including painted surfaces. Product Features Excellent cleaning action Free from chlorinated solvents Effective...
£9.95 £4.98
Autobrite Purple Rain v2.0 Decontamination Remover
Autobrite Purple Rain is a PH balanced cleaner designed to dissolve brake dust and iron contaminants upon contact. Created specifically for cleaning wheels , it is also safe for use on other exterior surfaces where iron contaminants are difficult to remove. v2.0 improves upon the original by having quicker...
£9.95 £7.96
Autobrite Wax Off - Wax Coating Remover
A product that will strip all protection wax layers from your existing paint surface! Autobrite Wax Off We find that not all APC type cleaners and paint cleaners remove old wax coatings, when these cleaners are applied there is still some degree of wax and oil covering on the surface - well not anymore!....
£7.95 £3.98
Bouncers Done and Dusted Quick Detailer
1 x 500ml Bouncer's Quick Detailer, the aim was to create the ideal quick detailer and gloss enhancer that is simple to use, doesn't smear and is friendly on all surfaces and leaves protection behind with every wipe. We think that this has been achieved. Done & Dusted is an all-rounder with pleasing...
Britemax Clay Max Clay Bar - 100g
Britemax CLAYMAX Chemical Resistant Clay Bar 100g Professional grade surface preparation Chemically resistant - use with Iron Max Pulls potentially harmful bonded contaminants. Makes decontaminating paintwork safer & easier. Can use tap water as a lubricant. Prepares paintwork for polishing. Supplied...
Britemax Grime Out
One 709ml bottle. Grime Out very quickly dissolves brake dust, engine grease, embedded dirt in rubber, bugs, road tar, salt spray and hard water spots on glass. Performs where traditional cleaners fail, turns tyres black and white walls and raised lettering bright white. Excellent for removing show scuffs...
Britemax Iron Max
Britemax IRON MAX is a gentle but extremely effective cleaner and iron remover that is safe to use on bodywork and all types of painted, alloy, anodized, clear coated, chrome, aluminium and stainless steel wheels. With IRON MAX you can clean & decontaminate with confidence. IRON MAX removes road grime,...
Britemax Spray and Shine
Spray & Shine is among our best selling products. Fortified with wax it offers a quick and easy application to create a beautiful wet look shine on all painted surfaces, clear-coats, plastics and metals. True wax components will not leave streaking after it has dried. Cleans chrome quickly and can be...
Dodo Juice Basics of Bling Clay Bar 2pk
Yellow poly-clay has been a staple product of detailers for many years, and for good reason... it is great value, has a good consistency and works remarkably well. Being a fine grade clay, there is also less chance of marring, although clay lube is still recommended during use. Comes in a plastic clamshell...
Dodo Juice Born Slippy
500ml bottle. Instead of using a quick detailer or a shampoo solution as a clay lube, why not use a product thats actually made for the job? Dodo Juice Born Slippy is a sophisticated shampoo-based clay lube thats designed to offer high lubrication and cleansing but with minimal foaming.
Dodo Juice Detailing Spray
500ml bottle. Basics of Bling Detailing Spray cleans and shines all surfaces and its not just about the perfection. It leaves a little protection behind, too, making it a versatile all-rounder. If you need one spray that does a bit of everything, this is the one. It removes bugs and tar, acts like a...
Dodo Juice Ferrous Dueller Iron Fallout Remover
Colour-change iron removers have become very popular due to their effective action and spectacular reaction when they come into contact with near-invisible iron contaminants. Whilst they will never be a complete substitute for claying, they can decrease your clays workload and work brilliantly on wheels...
Dodo Juice Release the Grease - Engine Bay Cleaner
You may not be aware, but our chemists do some or their best formulations when listening to music. In the case of Release the Grease, they just so happened to be listening to "Dirty" by Christina Aguilera. While getting down and picturing xtina in her knickers and chaps they created a powerful degreaser/cleaner...
Dodo Juice Supernatural Tar and Glue Remover
Most tar and glue removers are pretty unpleasant to use, but not this one! Supernatural Tar & Glue Remover will do what it says on the label, and remove tar, rubber and glue with ease - whilst being a pleasure to use. Its made with pure, natural orange oil, and smells amazing. Very handy for tar specks,...
Dodo Juice Total WipeOut All Purpose Cleaner
All Purpose Cleaners can be used to clean, well, virtually anything... upholstery and headlining inside the cabin, engine bays and wheel arches outside the car. Theyre like a strong shampoo, removing stains, grime and grease from soft and hard surfaces whilst rinsing out with water and leaving no residue...
dooka BLEED Fallout Remover
DOOKA BLEED | TUTTI FRUITY EDITION FALLOUT REMOVER dooka BLEED is a fast acting, Ph - balanced iron fallout remover formulated to safely and effectively remove damaging ferrous fallout such as brake and rail dust, metallic industrial pollution and other ferrous particles commonly found on paintwork,...
dooka GLASS vg Glass Cleaner
DOOKA GLASS VG | VAPERS GLASS CLEANER dooka GLASS vg glass cleaner has been specially formulated to not only be an outstanding interior and exterior glass cleaner, but also to remove e-cigarette vaping oils with which many glass cleaners struggle with. GLASS vg is also very good at cutting through traffic...
iShine Fine grade Clay Bar - 100g
A single 100g (approx) Detailing clay bar. Simply break a piece from the bar, and mist the panel with a Clay Lubricant. Rub the clay over the panel to remove all bonded surface contaminants. The essential prep stage before you polish or wax your car. Claying will ensure your paintwork is silky smooth,...
iShine Fine Grade Detailing Clay
This fine grade Clay will remove all bonded surface contaminants. Remove insects, tree sap, over spray, fall out, metal filings, rust, brake dust and all other heavily ingrained contaminants on your paintwork and glass. This large 200g bar offers superb value for money, as it can be broken down into...
Krystal Kleen Detail - TAR-Tastic Tar Remover
Krystal Kleen Detail Tar-Tastic is a mild solvent based tar remover boosted with the power of limonene, a solvent produced by numerous plants and with a pleasant odour. Contains plant derived emulsifiers facilitating easier rinsing after use. Advanced sprayable gel character allows the product to be...
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