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Prevention & Removal

There are many forms of prevention and removal, however most are not completely successful (other than using Erazerô Automotive Appearance Products).   Some actually can cause more damage to the paint finish and all are costly and ineffective compared to using Erazerô Automotive Appearance Products. 

Plastic Covering

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  • applied to vehicle prior to shipment from factory
  • leaves 40% of finish unprotected
  • short term solution for long term problem
Many manufacturers are applying plastic covering to portions of the vehicle prior to shipping from the factory.  This is meant to prevent the infection of paint contamination.  This is effective only during the initial shipment of the vehicle, however it is estimated that only 60% of the vehicle is protected with plastic.  The plastic is removed immediately when the vehicle arrives at the dealer and does not offer any protection while the vehicle is sitting on the dealers lot.  While at the dealers lot, the vehicle is continuously subjected to paint contamination.  Brake dust and industrial fallout can easily settle onto the paint finish and in some instances, a dealers lot is next to a railroad, which can easily infect the paint finish with rail dust. Note: Plastic covering is leaving over 40% of the vehicle unprotected, and is only a short term solution for a long term problem.

Chemical Applications

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  • no chemical can protect the finish from rail dust, brake dust or industrial fallout contamination, no matter what the infomercial may claim
  • some use highly toxic acids to remove contaminants, which is not totally efficient or effective
Some manufacturers actually spray the vehicle with a chemical prior to shipment from the factory and some even use chemicals in attempt to remove paint contamination.   Cosmoline was thought to help protect the paint finish from contamination during shipment, however it is unsuccessful in preventing damage from rail dust, brake dust, and industrial fallout.   Cosmoline was first used by foreign manufacturers during shipment overseas.  There are some products on the market that claim to protect the paint finish from almost anything including, lasers, fire, and a sandblaster!   There is no chemical on the market that can protect the paint finish from brake dust, rail dust, and industrial fallout contamination, no matter what the infomercial claim may be!  Some are also using highly toxic chemicals to remove rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout.   This process involves giving the paint finish an "acid bath" which is supposed to dissolve the contaminants.  This has been found by many to be ineffective, and extremely dangerous for the user and the paint finish!  Note: There is no chemical application that can protect the finish from rail dust, brake dust, and industrial fallout contamination.

Waxing

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  • cannot remove rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout
  • cannot protect the finish from rail dust, brake dust and industrial fallout
  • waxing without first removing contaminants, actually causes more damage
Some thought that waxing is enough to protect the finish from this type of contamination, however the truth is that wax cannot protect the finish from rail dust, brake dust or industrial fallout contamination, and may even make the situation worse.   The graphic illustration above demonstrates what happens when a vehicle is waxed without first properly removing paint contamination.   Waxing the finish may leave the finish feeling smooth, however it has only covered up the contamination, not removed it.  Covering up the problem is like sweeping dirt under the rug!  It may disappear for the time being,  however it is guaranteed to return! Note: Waxing the finish will not protect from paint contamination.

Wet-sanding & buffing

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  • timely and expensive procedure

  • not 100% effective in removing contaminants

  • can remove a protective layer of the paint finish to remove contaminants

Most are using the method of wetsanding and buffing the finish to remove paint contamination.  This can be more damaging to the finish than it is good.  A buffer can skip right over the contaminants in most cases, and in other cases, it can actually remove a layer of the finish to remove the contaminants.  The graphic illustration above demonstrates how buffing the finish can remove a protective layer of the paint.  A finish can only be buffed a few times before it seriously weakens the protective properties of the paint finish. Note: Wetsanding and buffing is not an effective means of removing paint contamination.