IronX saved my reputation
October 20, 2014
Great product: does exactly what is advertised!
I recently bought a new 2014 Honda Accord at dusk (BAD idea... buy it in daylight to inspect paint!!), and found rail dust a few days later. The service manager (who used to detail cars) looked at me like I was crazy when I told him about the rail dust issues. In the end, I had the dealership pay to send it to a great local detailer to have it decontaminated.
HOWEVER, somewhere in the process, my instructions were not followed, and the detail shop skipped the decon. and went with a clay bar first, then a cleaner/sealant.
My car was left with hundreds of extremely fine, yet very deep scratches, likely from the iron being dragged all over the paint surface during claying. Being a former detailer myself, it was a nightmare.
I decided to take matters into my own hands, and embarked on a decontamination (using IronX for the first time) to coating detailing process. After washing, I applied IronX to the trunk area... and almost exactly 5 minutes later, was rewarded with the characteristic purple bleeding of the product reacting to iron. After a few more panels, I figured out that the LSP was not fully stripped. After successful stripping, I reapplied IronX, and found even more reactions taking place. Many pictures were taken, and I now had the evidence I needed to prove that the car had in fact, been heavily contaminated with ferrous slag before I bought the car. Left behind many pits as well, as evidence of the rail dust melting into the clear and color coats, and of the product doing its job well!
So, it just shows to go that one should probably decontaminate before claying. On top of that, clay barring does NOT remove iron contamination "safely" and effectively 100% of the time. It removes some, but can drag these across the surface, resulting in scratches. However, deeply embedded ferrous particles like rail dust slag, will likely either be left behind, or partially removed.
Can't wait to show that service manager the incrimination!
+A fraction of the price of other decon systems (such as valugard)
+Safer for paint than acidic/basic decon systems
+Hasn't damaged any automotive surfaces in my experiences (used as directed)
+"Cherry" scent is something that I can live with
Cons:-Need to have 100% of any LSPs stripped before application to be completely effective, which can sometimes require polish/paint cleaners. DO NOT SIMPLY USE DAWN dish soap... it doesn't effectively strip tough sealants in my experience, and IMO doesn't provide a safe amount of lubricity. Wasted 5oz. learning this lesson! Still works on large ferrous particles (such as rail dust) with LSP in place, but you will likely have more contamination left behind. Would love to see CarPro invent a formula that strips LSPs as well, in one step.
-Smell is still bad (although much improved over "squash flowers"). The Cherry scent smells a bit like burning hair, but I can live with it. Use outdoors and wear PPE (gloves and eye protection a minimum).