Everything you need to know about: CarPro Iron X
Iron X is an automotive detailing product made by the company CarPro that falls into the category of Fallout Removers. CarPro is seen as one of the leaders in Nanotechnology paint coatings with their CQuartz and Immortal ranges, and innovators of bleeding iron and fallout remover.
Let’s start at the beginning for those that may be new to these types of products and go into a bit of detail of what exactly a fallout remover is and what it should be used for in your car care regime.
What is a Fallout Remover?
A fallout remover is a special product aimed at decontamination (On Paint and other Surfaces such as Alloy Wheels) that has the chemical ability to help you to remove iron oxide particles from a surface without having to remove them mechanically. These particles are loosened up and agitated via a chemical process that allows them to be rinsed off safely.
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Ok, But what is Fallout?!
Fallout is iron particles that get stuck to a Vehicles surface in several different ways. This can be brake dust (One of the most common and annoying ways!), iron particles from a railroad track or airborne particles from a factory nearby.
Here is an example of a cars paint that has been heavily affected by Fallout, so you will be able to identify whether or not your car could do with some iron decontamination.
OK, OK! Why Should I Remove Fallout from my Car?
Iron Particles have a nasty habit of causing imperfections when they are dragged over a surface. Rubbing your paint with this crap on it will cause paint swirls (Every detailer’s worst nightmare!). Removing them is a must if you want a clean and reflective paint surface, but will also minimize the risk of swirls.
Iron Contaminants appear as dark spots on the paintwork and create an orange-looking haze over a light coloured car. When these iron particles are left, they can cause paint corrosion.
When you apply car wax or similar product, you need the surface to be perfectly clean and smooth. Products will not bond properly on a rough surface. Removing fallout is simply part of proper decontamination and one of the most important steps in detailing any car
There are a multitude of Iron Removers and Decontamination products ( Or methods such as Claying – but that is another discussion entirely and I will cover that another time ) available which have been specifically designed for this task, but today we are going to look at CarPro Iron X specifically.
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What are the Different Types of Iron X product?
There are three main types of Iron X Product. These are
Let’s go into a bit more detail about Each type of product, and which might be the best to use in a particular situation.
Carpro Iron Remover Spray (Original)
The Original and arguably the best, Iron X Paint and Wheels Decontamination System was developed as a method of removing paint contamination beyond what can be removed by washing alone. If you are familiar with detail clay, you know it is capable of removing above surface contaminants that have bonded to the paint.
Car Pro Iron X is designed to remove what lies below the paint surface as well as above. Iron X sprays on as a transparent liquid. As the cleansing liquid begins to work into the dirt and grime, the formula begins to turn purple/ red ( Bleeding ).
The purple/red colouration is the Iron X Cleaner forming a bond to the sintered iron on the car paint and wheel and changing its state to a water-soluble complex for easy removal. Stubborn, baked on grime may take a small amount of agitation.
Rinse car paint and wheels thoroughly with a power washer and wipe dry. It is proven to deliver a clean, smooth vehicle that is protected from the harmful effects of paint contamination
Notes on Car Pro Iron X Spray:
- Safe to use on Clear Coat Paint
- Safe to Use on a Ceramic Coated Car
- Safe to use on Aluminium, Chrome, Anodized, Alloy, or Clear coated wheels.
- Safe for use on all solid car surfaces and will not deteriorate clear coats. (Avoid using on Fabric Convertible tops)
- Spray Smells like SHIT (This is the nature of the chemical used, you cannot avoid this. If it doesn’t smell so strong it means it has very little effect on iron or is a very diluted or inferior formula. There are scented options available but I feel that doesn’t even really help, so just take a deep breath! )
I’ve been buying this product for years. It does exactly what it says on the bottle! If you can get over the horrendous smell, it will get the job done quickly and effectively!
Where to buy Carpro Iron Remover Spray?
Nearly every detailing shop will carry Iron X Spray. It’s Buy in bigger size containers if you know you are going to use it more in future. Buy the eco refill packs, these save the cost for the plastic bottle and triggers + its weight for delivery – that’s just my two cents, as I tend to use it quite a lot of this product to keep my car free from contaminants.
Amazon Carry a very good value 4 Liter Refill bottle of Iron X which is exceptional Value and should last quite a while. Once you initially get all the fallout off your paint, it is quite easy to maintain it by using a few sprays every couple of washes on affected areas. Check out the latest deals on amazon for this product using THIS LINK
If you don’t want to commit to buying a giant 4-litre bottle and want to test it out for yourself to see whether you like this product or not, you would be better off buying the standard size bottle ( 0.5 litres ). This should be enough to get you going and to make up your mind (Every detailer has his/her preference ).
Already bought it and want to know How to Use It?
Everybody has their methods to apply these types of products, but the recommended usage instructions are as follows
Iron X Spray – Directions:
Wash vehicle, Rinse vehicle and remove the majority of the water with a quick towel “once-over”
Spray across the contaminated area or vehicle.
After 2-5 minutes rinse off or wash off if dried (depending on environment and temperatures)
Verify all product is removed and dry vehicle
Remove the nozzle and replace cap after use
Another Option for Paint and Surface Decontamination is Iron X Soap.
What is Iron X Soap?
By changing the dilution ratio Iron-X, Snow Soap can be used as an iron-removing Snow Foam with a foam lance, with a mitt as a Shampoo or as a lubricant for Clay. It is a good way to save some time if you use Snow Foam to clean your car anyway. This soap was designed to be used on coated cars as a maintenance product. Since it can remove a light amount of industrial fall out, it is more aggressive than your typical car wash soap but not as aggressive as concentrated Iron X Spray. It could also be used in conjunction with the spray version make sure you get every last bit of contamination.
If your car is extremely dirty, for cost-effective use, you may want to wash with a normal shampoo first, then do a second-wash with Iron-X snow soap. Foaming the car with Iron-X Snow Soap may not be a cost-effective wash.
Where to buy Carpro Iron X Snow Soap?
As above, Iron X Soap can also be picked up on Amazon online ( I find it usually ends up being the cheapest) but you can keep up to date on the latest price by following the link HERE
Already bought it and want to know How to Use?
Iron X Soap – How to use as Snow Foam:
Rinse vehicle well
Add Iron X Snow Soap to Foam Cannon
Set your foam cannon to provide the foam concentration you prefer
Snow foam your car as normal and allow to dwell
Wash gently but thoroughly with a wash mitt
Iron X Soap – How to Use as Hand Wash:
Rinse vehicle well
Apply 1 squirt of Iron X Snow Soap directly to wash mitt and wash a panel
Move to next panel(s) and repeat (rinse mitt and apply more product as needed based on the level of dirt in mitt)
Allow Snow Soap to react but rinse off before it can dry on the surface
Iron X Snow Soap will affect oil based waxes by approximately 50% so I would not recommend using it on a recently waxed car – Unless you want to take half of it off!!!
CarPro Iron X Paste
Iron X Paste is CarPro’s most concentrated form of the product, effective against even the toughest and most stubborn stains on wheel surfaces. Every detailer has run into wheels with built-up brake dust deposits etched on or baked into them.
When you do, it can take some serious effort and/or dangerous chemicals to remove them. With IXP we now have a concentrated product specifically designed to attack iron particles while still being ph neutral. I have found IronX spray to be an incredibly effective wheel cleaner in its own right but it does not stick to the surface at the same level the paste does
The paste is made for pinpointed accuracy or especially stubborn deposits but is capable of more. It’s more concentrated than the spray version. You can use it in place of the spray if you dislike the smell the spray inevitably offers or prefer to use less product. A little paste on a “still damp” vehicle goes a long way and its still thick enough to stay on vertical panels while it dwells.
Where to buy Carpro Iron X Paste?
As above, Iron X Paste can also be picked up on Amazon – Check the current Price HERE
Already bought it and want to know How to Use?
How to Use Iron X paste on Isolated spots:
1.- Using the bottle to apply simply squeeze a dot of product on to the stubborn spot
2.- Allow to dwell about 5-6 minutes or as needed.
3.- Agitate and rinse thoroughly or agitate and allow to dwell further if necessary
How to Use Iron X paste on Widespread Areas:
1. Don’t – Buy the Spray Or Soap Instead it’s just easier for working on larger areas in my experience.
So now that you have a fairly comprehensive understanding of what Iron X is, and the different Types Of fallout removal products available from Car Pro, which one is the one to go for when making that purchase? Well, it depends on your specific needs and application the is the simple answer.
When to use Spray
The go-to for most general applications – if you are unsure where to start, this is probably the best bet as it should cover all bases except in particular cases where there is Extreme contamination
When to use Snow Soap
This is aimed for maintenance purposes and not initial decontamination. It is capable of decontamination if diluted around 1 part snow soap to 8 parts water but it will never be as strong as the liquid spray or the iron x paste.
When to use paste
This the strongest inorganic particle remover, in it’s most basic form a more concentrated version Of theliquid spray.
It’s not as convenient as the spray, but using a damp (soaked then squeezed out) closed cell sponge. Apply the concentrate to the sponge, and wipe onto the surface of the car and leave to react before rinsing off.
This is probably the most economical of the lot, it’s also great for really clinging onto wheels that are heavily contaminated for full cleaning effect when applied to the wheel with a detailing brush
Let me know in the comments what your favourite Version of Iron X is, and if you have any of your recommendations.
About the Author – Darren O Hara
Darren is the founder of the DriveDetailed blog and is a keen detailing enthusiast living in the rainy south of Ireland. When he is not cleaning his car he is always researching ways he can improve his techniques and enjoys testing out out new products.
Darren currently drives an Audi TTRS and is a big fan of performance cars.
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