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Old 04-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Deep Clean your Paint With CarPro



Detailing Clay is used and loved for a great reason. It removes any bonded contamination that has adhered to the paint and restores a glossy appearance and smooth feel. Some paint contamination, such as iron oxide (rust) fall out (aka rail dust) actually penetrates below the surface of the paint and cannot be removed by regular clay bar applications.

Rail dust is also extremely abrasive and can greatly increase the risk of marring the paint finish as it becomes inbedded into the clay's surface.

CarPro, a company who has quickly gained a strong following in the United States for its high quality Ceramic Coating (C-Quartz) has a large selection of innovative products designed to complement car care. One of these products, a true, game changer, is their Iron-X Series of paint decontamination cleansers.




As pictured above, CarPro's ever expanding line of car care products features 5 dedicated paint cleansing solutions. The products are pH balanced and acid free!

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Iron X Paste- Iron X Paste is a hyper concentrated version of Iron X Iron Remover. This paste is excellent for cleaning areas of particularly stubborn contamination as well as wheels/rims with heavy caked on brake dust build up.

Iron X Soap Gel- Iron X Soap Gel combines a high lubricity cleaning soap with some anti-iron Iron X ingredients. This is a mild iron cleaner that is perfectly suited for maintenance washes and mild iron fallout clean up.

Iron X Trigger Spray- Iron X Trigger Spray is a powerful iron remover that you simply mist on to the paint and allow to dwell. Iron shavings will turn purple as the solution dissolves them, above and below the surface.

TRIX - CarPro TRIX is a combination of TaR x and Iron X, hence the name. It works to remove iron fall out as well as clean bug splatter, tar, and adhesive residue from the paint, in one step.

Tar X- CarPro Tar X is CarPro's innovative, citrus based bug and tar remover. This unique chemical features 'green tracers' that show you, in neon fashion, where this chemical has been applied to the paint so you chart its progress.


While I plan on reviewing every product in the CarPro line up, this article will focus on the excellent and unique decontamination abilities of CarPro Iron X Trigger Spray and CarPro Iron X Soap Gel.


CarPro Iron X Soap Gel

Iron X Soap Gel is easy to use and you can see it working! Iron X Soap Gel is a clear solution in the bottle but it turns purple when it comes into contact with sintered iron particles. Iron X Soap Gel turns the iron into a water soluble complex for easy removal. After five minutes of dwell time, wipe down the surface and rinse thoroughly. After using Iron X Soap Gel, you can polish and clay your vehicle as you normally would. After your car is prepped properly, it has a perfect surface to be coated with CQuartz Paint Coating.

For a wash sponge I choose Lake Country's excellent Car Wash Sponge. I filled up a bucket with 5 gallons of water to rinse the wash sponge in to avoid scratching the paint's surface.




The directions from CarPro state that first you should rinse the vehicle well to remove as much loose soiling as possible.




Do NOT mix Iron X Soap Gel into a wash bucket. Instead apply it directly to the wash sponge.




This picture shows how much I added to the sponge.




Squeeze the sponge a couple of times to work the soap into a frothy lather. Now gently wipe the surface in straight lines like you are washing the paint. Iron X Soap Gel has a long dwell time and actually requires several minutes for the iron disolvers to work.



Rinse your wash mitt frequently, add a little more soap. Continue working with out rinsing the vehicle. I was able to wash the entire Tahoe in about 10 minutes with out rinsing.




As the Iron X Ingredients begin to your you will see the iron contamination turn purple and begin to run off the paint.



Wait for the color change to occur. You can see the hood (as well as the other horizontal surfaces) had the heaviest amount of contamination. This is common.



After several minutes the iron fall out was running off of the hood.




Now simply rinse off and dry as normal.

Note: Iron X Soap Gel is not as concentrated as Iron X, Iron X Paste, or TRIX. It is a great occasional maintenance wash on vehicles that have been previously decontaminated. This Tahoe is almost 8 years old and has never been clayed or decontaminated so I new we would need something stronger.


CarPro Iron X

Iron X is easy to use and you can see it working! Iron X is a clear solution in the bottle but it turns purple when it comes into contact with sintered iron particles. Iron X turns the iron into a water soluble complex for easy removal. After five minutes of dwell time, wipe down the surface and rinse thoroughly. After using Iron X, you can polish and clay your vehicle as you normally would.

Application: Applying Iron X is extremely easy. Simply mist a light coat on the paint, allow it to dwell and rinse off. For heavy contamination you can use a damp towel to agitate it into the surface. You do not want to let it dry on the surface.

Mist on and wait.




The effect was almost immediate and continued to grow in intensity as the heavy iron fall out was cleansed from the paint.






Any horizontal areas, including the wheel lips, showed heavy fall out contamination. Remember that a clay bar can only access and remove contamination above the paint.




The rear of the Tahoe also head heavy contamination.




The front bumper was fairly bad.






If you remember above, with the Iron X Soap Gel, how much came off the hood then you will remember how bad it was. Iron X Trigger Spray had a field day on the hood, cleaning the heavy amount of iron fallout.




Now simply rinse off and you are ready to clay (if needed to remove other forums of contamination) or begin polishing/waxing.

Questions/Comments welcome.

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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Wow, haven't heard of this before. Would you say that the color change from the contamination would be easily seen on darker color paints? For example, black or gray?
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Wow, haven't heard of this before. Would you say that the color change from the contamination would be easily seen on darker color paints? For example, black or gray?

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Do any of these formulas do good on old pine tree sap?
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Wow, haven't heard of this before. Would you say that the color change from the contamination would be easily seen on darker color paints? For example, black or gray?
It can be seen for sure, but it won't be as evident as it would be on a lighter colored car (obviously).

I use this soap on a brand new Dodge Challenger and was able to remove a huge amount of contamination. Even new cars (usually due to transport) are subjected to iron dust (brakes and trains) that lands in the paint, oxidizes, and penetrates into the surface.

CarPro Iron X has gained a reputation among detailing enthusiasts and high-end professionals for its ability to decontaminate the paint in a way that other abrasive cleaners (clay and rubber skinned applicators) cannot.





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Wow, haven't heard of this before. Would you say that the color change from the contamination would be easily seen on darker color paints? For example, black or gray?
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Do any of these formulas do good on old pine tree sap?
CarPro Tar X or Carpro TRIX will work on tree sap. Although old/stubborn sap is a bear to remove.

Use Tar X for a dedicated tar/bug/adhesive remover.

Use TRIX for tar/bug/adhesive remover that also features the Iron eating capabilities of the products in this thread.
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Interesting especially the TarX since we are in Spring time and the bugs are getting heavier and heavier by the day.
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Here is a picture one of our customer's shared with me.

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Any concerns for these products and using it if there are rock chips in the paint?

Does the TarX remove the wax? It's almost impossible to find a bug remover that doesn't remove wax.


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What about removing paint overspray?
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Any concerns for these products and using it if there are rock chips in the paint?

Does the TarX remove the wax? It's almost impossible to find a bug remover that doesn't remove wax.


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No problem on bare metal unless you car is made of iron that has rusted (at which point you will clean the rust off).

For a bug cleaner to really remove bugs it is going to remove most (if not all) of the wax protection. Some bug cleaners have gloss enhancers or waxes in

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What about removing paint overspray?
The best way to remove paint overspray is detailer's clay.
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Here is a link to the latest test, CarPro Trix
Camaro5- Putting CarPro's TRIX to the test! Paint and Wheel Decontamination!
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