Cleaning iron particles from cars shipped by rail

Sandy

One obsession to the next
TOO Supporting Member
Joined
Jun 3, 2017
Messages
955
Location
Ontario east of the GTA
Tesla Owner
Model 3
Country
Country
#1
A big issue with rail is iron particles. On a white car you see little yellow/gold dots. Nothing will take it off except a product like Iron-X. I have to use it belt line down and the rear hatch every spring as the main east/west passenger/freight line passes through town. Great product. Yellow dots be gone!
 

Bryan@Peachstate Detail

Active Member
TOO Advertiser
Joined
Aug 1, 2017
Messages
129
Location
Atlanta, GA
Tesla Owner
Model X
Country
Country
#2
A big issue with rail is iron particles. On a white car you see little yellow/gold dots. Nothing will take it off except a product like Iron-X. I have to use it belt line down and the rear hatch every spring as the main east/west passenger/freight line passes through town. Great product. Yellow dots be gone!
You will need IronX or Ferrex. but also clay bar or clay towel. You can use one of the mentioned decon gels 3-4 times and still get the red dots which means there is still metal on the surface. You can clay first and then use Ferrex or IronX and you won't see as much of the red dots.

Not sure which areas on the Model 3 (if any) are covered when they are shipped cross country. On the MS/MX its the frunk and rear hatch areas. So the top of the front fenders and tops of the rear quarters usually have a good amount of rail dust.

Reports from one of my detailer/coating guys outside of Fremont say the 3s all have heavy contamination that requires a good amount of claying. The 3 I did here in Atlanta was the same way. This isn't rail dust as it doesn't show up that much with an initial ferrex treatment.

Clay towel (speedy surface prep towel) is the fastest way to remove the heavy contamination. You may notice marring on a solid black Tesla from the clay towel. That would require a light machine polishing to remove. You can test the surface to see if it needs claying by washing the car and then when its wet, take a thin sandwich bag over your fingers and rub the wet surface. You will sort of feel "bumps" and it won't be smooth.
 

JWardell

Legendary Member
Joined
May 9, 2016
Messages
3,576
Location
Boston
Tesla Owner
Model 3
Country
Country
#3
@Bryan@Peachstate Detail I haven't heard of a clay towel, guess I have been away from the detailing forums too long. Can you provide more info and compare to traditional clay bar? Clay used to be a yearly regimen for me but of course it is a pain, would love something that is as effective with less effort.
 

Bryan@Peachstate Detail

Active Member
TOO Advertiser
Joined
Aug 1, 2017
Messages
129
Location
Atlanta, GA
Tesla Owner
Model X
Country
Country
#4
@Bryan@Peachstate Detail I haven't heard of a clay towel, guess I have been away from the detailing forums too long. Can you provide more info and compare to traditional clay bar? Clay used to be a yearly regimen for me but of course it is a pain, would love something that is as effective with less effort.
https://www.detailedimage.com/SM-Arnold-M61/Speedy-Surface-Prep-Towel-P743/Medium-Grade-S2/

Normally you want to break it in on glass. Go over all the glass on the 3 at least 2 times. If not it will marr the paint pretty well and the paint will need a light machine polishing.
I use ONR as my "clay lube."
 

JWardell

Legendary Member
Joined
May 9, 2016
Messages
3,576
Location
Boston
Tesla Owner
Model 3
Country
Country
#5
https://www.detailedimage.com/SM-Arnold-M61/Speedy-Surface-Prep-Towel-P743/Medium-Grade-S2/

Normally you want to break it in on glass. Go over all the glass on the 3 at least 2 times. If not it will marr the paint pretty well and the paint will need a light machine polishing.
I use ONR as my "clay lube."
Thanks...certainly much pricier than clay. Do they somehow get washed between each use? I'm used to tearing away and disposing of dirty parts of clay so it can't hurt the paint later.
 

Bryan@Peachstate Detail

Active Member
TOO Advertiser
Joined
Aug 1, 2017
Messages
129
Location
Atlanta, GA
Tesla Owner
Model X
Country
Country
#6
Thanks...certainly much pricier than clay. Do they somehow get washed between each use? I'm used to tearing away and disposing of dirty parts of clay so it can't hurt the paint later.
I rinse mine off after each use. I've never had an issue with cross contamination. I've been using them for 3-4 years.
 

Bryan@Peachstate Detail

Active Member
TOO Advertiser
Joined
Aug 1, 2017
Messages
129
Location
Atlanta, GA
Tesla Owner
Model X
Country
Country
#7

Mark C

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2016
Messages
264
Location
Arab, AL
Country
Country
#8
I've read numerous posts on cleaning the cars to get spots off of them immediately after delivery. I've bought several new cars in my lifetime, but I've never noticed them needing to be polished/buffed as soon as I took possession....or I would've told the dealer to clean it up before I took delivery.

Do we not expect this issue {if it is an issue} to be corrected at the Delivery Centers as they prepare the cars for delivery? It is, in fact, a $44k vehicle after all, not a Yugo.
 

MelindaV

☰ > 3
Moderator
Joined
Apr 2, 2016
Messages
9,527
Location
Vancouver, WA
Tesla Owner
Model 3
Country
Country
#9
Thanks...certainly much pricier than clay. Do they somehow get washed between each use? I'm used to tearing away and disposing of dirty parts of clay so it can't hurt the paint later.
If you google it, you can find it for up to $20 less at other retailers, bringing it closer to a good clay kit price