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* What is paint contamination?
Paint contamination consists of tiny metal shavings from rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout. This contamination
affects all paint finishes and can cause serious damage when left untreated. Paint contamination can be felt as a
"rough or gritty" texture on the paint's surface and can lead to tiny rust spots. This contamination can not be removed by
washing, waxing and/or polishing.
*Where does contamination come from?
There are three major causes of paint contamination:
1. Rail dust - produced from the friction of train wheels against railroad tracks. Over 70% of new vehicles are
shipped by rail. Rail dust can contaminate a new car's finish before it even reaches the dealership. Anytime a
vehicle is parked or travels near a railroad it is subject to rail dust contamination.
2. Brake dust - particles produced from the friction of brake pads rubbing against the rotor. This metal on
metal friction disperses tiny particles of bare metal into the air and on the highway where it collects on passing
3. Industrial fallout - another word for pollution, industrial fallout is a byproduct of our modern industrial age including
This is a CLAY BAR that I have used on
a finish that was neglected for quite
some time. The dark areas you see are
actual contaminants that have been
removed from the paints surface.
Washing alone will not remove these
Water should be a fairly harmless liquid. After all, we drink it, we bathe in it
and we even use water to wash our vehicles, so how bad could it be? The
to that question depends on where you live and the minerals that are present
in the local water supply. For example, the water in the Southwestern portion
of the U.S.
is full of hard mineral deposits that will literally etch themselves into paint and
window glass if they are left on your vehicle for an extended period of time.
sprinklers are the worst. Leave your vehicle where it gets water-spotted by
the sprinklers, then baked by the sun, and the spots are not only difficult to
remove, but they may do irreparable damage as well.
SWIRLS, HOLOGRAMS and other paint
defects are often very visible under the sun or
bright lights. I was driving behind this vehicle
when I noticed how bad this paint was. Many
think that there is no way to correct paint in this
condition but to re-paint which means
thousands of dollars for a proper paint job.
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