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Old 11-05-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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Exclamation AQuartz Iron Cut Review

There are new products to the detailing market all the time - but this is one that has made me sit up and take notice as a product which is bringing something genuinely new to my detailing regime... not new in that decontamination of this sort has been around a while (Finish Kare have a full decontamination kit), but new in terms of its complete ease of use.

The purpose of the product is to remove metal contamination in the paintwork such as iron fillings from rail dust for example which cars can pick up day to day, or in transport. We have been testing the product for a while on our own vehicles, finding it particularly effective on wheels, but for this review we have chosen a white Ford Focus RS to demonstrate the product as it is now added to our detailing regime where required .

An example of what this product is designed to remove - an iron filing embedded in the paintwork. Its only a little tiny dot, hard to see but when you know its there, it can be annoying!



Claying will not remove contamination like this - rather the clay will shave the top off it, leaving the filling still embedded in the paintwork where it can then return over time or not look like it has been removed at all. A chemical system is required to properly remove contamination such as this.

AQuartz Iron Cut was simply sprayed onto the paintwork, and on contact with the metal filling it turned red and you could see the filling "disintegrate" and run down the paintwork...



Leave a couple of minuted to let it do it's stuff and then simple gnetly wipe away and the filling is easily removed from the paintwork:





Even on paintwork where there appears to be no iron fillings or such contamination, a spray of the Iron Cut reveals a very different story - where it comes into contact with the contamination it turns red, and you can see this car had a case of the measels before application!!







All told, between spraying, allowing the product to work and then gently wiping off, a Focus sized car could be decontaminated in between half an hour to an hour (most time in the wipe off stage, taking great care to gently remove the product and then rinse thoroughly).

I am very impressed by Iron Cut. It, for me, has brought something new to the detailing table in being a product that is easy to use for removing contamination which is a nice stage to be able to add to your detail - iron fillings can be very obvious, especially in light coloured paintwork and it will detract from the look. Iron Cut removes them easily, and is very easy to use. The downside is the smell - oh my god, this product reeks the high heavens!! A niggly downside to an all round excellent product, but in terms of performance and what it offers, Iron Cut is an excellent product indeed and for me represents a step forward rather than the continual steps to the side new products seem to be making these days.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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Good review Dave!

any info about price and where to get a hold of it?
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:29 PM   #3
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Good review Dave!

any info about price and where to get a hold of it?
It is soon to be available I believe with Tim at Clean Your Car and Matt at I4 Detailing, IIRC they are the AQuartz importers. I cannot remember the costs off the top of my head, but I am sure someone will be able to help here - though I don't remember fainting when I saw the price so it can't have been too bad
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thanks dave !
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Excellent! Have been waiting for a review of Iron cut for a little while now.

I intend to get some for my mums fiesta, as its riddled with iron filings from metal fabrication (angle grinding etc)

Thanks Dave!
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Sounds like a useful product. I take it you'll still have to de-tar in addition to using iron cut?
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Sounds like a useful product. I take it you'll still have to de-tar in addition to using iron cut?
I have been finding it useful to de-tar as well - Autosmart Tardis has long been my product of choice for this, but the tar remover wont touch the iron fillings... its a case of both products, each with their job
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Sounds great as a one step decontamination product then. For some reason I've never got on with clay!
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Sounds great as a one step decontamination product then. For some reason I've never got on with clay!
Sorry, my last post badly worded - I meant to say I have been using Tardis as well as Iron Cut, so both products used to decontaminate... And I generally clay as well, but I have been liking more and more getting the paint absolutely squeaky clean and contaminant free before polishing.
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Wow, this is a product i could really use living 50ft from a railway line. My focus suffers from the little red iron spots and i have managed to clay them out before but it's really hard work and never ending.
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