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How to safely remove contaminants from your car’s paintwork

Your vehicle’s paintwork is the first line of defense against external contaminants. These can include tar, brake dust, and other road grime that can leave unsightly marks. Not only can...

Your vehicle’s paintwork is the first line of defense against external contaminants. These can include tar, brake dust, and other road grime that can leave unsightly marks. Not only can they leave marks, but they can also cause serious damage to your car’s paintwork if not removed promptly.

But, do not worry! At Autobrite we have tons of knowledge, excellent products, and tools for the job. With our guidance and some outstanding AD products, you’ll be able to safely and effectively remove contaminants from your car’s paintwork.


First… What effect can contaminants have on your car?


Your car’s paintwork is constantly exposed to a variety of contaminants such as tar, brake dust, tree sap, and bird droppings, which can cause damage to your vehicle’s finish if left untreated. It’s essential to remove contaminants from your car’s paintwork. Over time, tar brake dust, and other contaminants which end up on your car, from simply driving, can become embedded in your car’s paint. This can cause it to lose its shine and luster.

Plus, these contaminants can cause serious damage to your car’s paint if left untreated. Brake dust, for example, is highly corrosive and can eat away at your car’s clear coat, leading to unsightly rust spots and peeling paint.


Safely removing contaminants




The best way to remove contaminants from your car’s paintwork is to use a product specifically designed for the job, a decontamination product. At AD, we offer a range of products that are specifically designed to safely, but effectively remove road contaminants…


  • Purple Rain Fallout Remover


Purple Rain is a gel-based fallout remover from AD. This powerful cleaning solution is designed to remove stubborn contaminants like brake dust, iron filings, and other types of fallout. It’s suitable for use on both your car’s paintwork and wheels, as it has a pH-neutral formula. It effectively dissolves and removes contaminants without the need for scrubbing or agitating the product.

For a deep clean and decontamination of all areas of your car, Purple Rain is a perfect choice, leaving a truly clean surface for you to begin the polishing step of the car detailing process. To use this product, simply spray it onto your car’s surface and allow it to dwell for a few minutes, then rinse it off with water.


  • Just the Tonic Tar & Glue Remover



Just the Tonic Tar & Glue Remover is a powerful solvent-based cleaner. Designed to effectively dissolve and remove stubborn tar, adhesive residue, and other contaminants. Great for use on paintwork, glass, and plastic surfaces.

Just the Tonic Tar & Glue Remover is easy to use and can be applied using a spray bottle or a cloth. Its fast-acting formula allows it to quickly break down and dissolve contaminants, making them easy to wipe away. This tar and glue remover is safe for use on all types of surfaces, and its powerful formula ensures that it can tackle even the most stubborn residues.

To use, apply Just the Tonic liberally to the affected areas, and leave for 2-3 minutes. This product will begin to work instantly, so do not let the product dry on the surface. We also strongly advise not leaving the product for more than the recommended time, but rather re-applying once the first application has been removed.



  • Fine Grade Clay Bar



A professional-grade detailing product, our clay bars are excellent at removing contaminants from your car’s paintwork, glass, and other surfaces. Made from high-quality materials. Our fine-grade clay bars are easy to use for both beginners and professionals. Designed to effectively remove brake dust and fallout, that can leave your car’s surface feeling rough to the touch. This pack of 3 x 50g bars means you’ll always have an effective product to hand to remove road decontaminants.


  • Heavy Grade Clay Bar



Our heavy-grade clay bar is a professional detailing product that removes heavy contaminants from your vehicle’s paintwork. Created using high-quality products, it’s easy and safe to use on a range of surfaces. This high-grade clay bar is a more aggressive version of our fine-grade clay bar, as it’s better at tackling more stubborn contaminants such as tree sap and tar.

An excellent choice for those looking for a deep clean, and to effectively remove heavy contaminants. It leaves behind a smooth, clean, and shiny finish, but please note that the heavy-grade clay bar should be used with care.


Using our clay bars


Using clay bars


Before use, please ensure that your vehicle’s surface is clean from tar spots. You can use Just the Tonic for this job.

Tear off a small piece of clay, and flatten this in your hand to around the size of 50mm (this is around the diameter of 2 10p pieces next to each other). Now apply a spritz of the Quickshine QD to an area of 30cm x 30cm.

Using light pressure, work the clay piece back and forth over the sprayed area, applying quickshine as needed to ensure an even lubrication. You may feel some resistance, but these are the contaminants bonded to your paintwork.

As you work the clay into the panel, it will become smoother, and the contaminants will become visible on the clay piece. Once one side has been used, flip it over and begin using the other side. Once you have used the clay on all of your car’s surfaces, we recommend re-washing to remove any loose contaminants and clay lube.


Safety when using decontamination products


When using any of the Autobrite Direct decontamination products, we strongly recommend thoroughly reading the instructions carefully before using the product. It’s important to also avoid using these products in direct sunlight, or working on a hot surface. This can cause the product to dry out too quickly, and potentially damage surfaces.

Additionally, be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear to avoid getting any of the product on your skin or in your eyes.


Decontamination your car


Our excellent range of decontamination products we provide at AD is effective at removing road contaminants safely. Removing these common contaminants such as tar and brake dust is essential for maintaining your car’s flawless appearance, and protecting its value. By using these products safely and following the instructions carefully, you can restore your car’s shine and keep it looking great for years to come.


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