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      04-08-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Iron X Question

Im receiving my Sonax and Iron X tomorrow, I know with the sonax you spray directly onto the dirty wheel. Now with the iron X do you spray it on to the dirty car? Rinse with water then spray iron x on? Wash then spray it on?
Basically whats the proper way to use this stuff. Using it mainly to help lift the rail fallout and tiny rust pitting off the back deck area, will also try it with clay too. Thanks
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personal opinion of mine,
i have a car that(dont know how) got full of railrust that you talk about.
i tried wax,i tried the iron x you mention(and still use it for my rims)
and sure it helps,but i would really recommend the clay bar for removing the rail rust.the iron x makes it look clean,but it doesnt 'really' remove the railrust

if you do wanna try,what i do is just spray it on the part you wanna clean,
for example rims
i spray on my rims,wait for it to turn purple,go over it with a brush,and clean them

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With IronX don't spray on a dirty car - you're wasting product. Wash the car as normal, but before drying spray on the entire car. Let it sit at least 5 minutes (assuming you are not in the sun, which you should never be). Re-agitate with your mitt (basically, re-wash the car). When IronX is used properly it'll remove a good portion of your contamination in one shot. If you have a really contaminated vehicle, re-apply again (so wash, ironx, re-wash, re-ironx). That almost always does it. Remember, as spitfire656 mentioned you may (and probably will) still need to lightly claybar the car. IronX will remove a lot of the debris, but it almost never removes it all - it just cuts down on clay bar time in a big way.

Just to be clear, since the process can be confusing.

Spray car
wash as normal
rinse car
while still wet, ironx, wait 5+ min
use mitt to agitate (so re-wash minus initial spray)
rinse, evaluate. If it needs more ironx, do it, then re-agitate, rinse, dry.
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personal opinion of mine,
i have a car that(dont know how) got full of railrust that you talk about.
i tried wax,i tried the iron x you mention(and still use it for my rims)
and sure it helps,but i would really recommend the clay bar for removing the rail rust.the iron x makes it look clean,but it doesnt 'really' remove the railrust

if you do wanna try,what i do is just spray it on the part you wanna clean,
for example rims
i spray on my rims,wait for it to turn purple,go over it with a brush,and clean them

grtz
It makes claying the car less work and reduces scratching and marring while claying. I usually do my normal wash routine then spray IronX followed by clay.
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It makes claying the car less work and reduces scratching and marring while claying. I usually do my normal wash routine then spray IronX followed by clay.


It will be best to wear gloves and eye protection in handling these products. It you never work with Sonax or IronX before.... be warn regarding the smell. Both products have a nasty odor to them. Do this in a well ventilated area.
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It will be best to wear gloves and eye protection in handling these products. It you never work with Sonax or IronX before.... be warn regarding the smell. Both products have a nasty odor to them. Do this in a well ventilated area.
Sonax has a very strange citrus smell. IronX smells like cheap burned up fireworks. I find that sonax actually emits more odor around the area, but I use IronX paste.
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Well it actually came in yesterday so I hit it last evening. Washed the car sprayed on let it sit. Agitated it a bit rinsed, sprayed again then clayed. Un real just watching the clay take out the little rust spots like a magic eraser. Now my rear deck looks brand new again. It really stunk and my hand still smells like it today lol, definitely going to wear gloves next time. But results were worth it with the iron X. Cut claying time down by prob 75%

Sonax, my wheels never get dirty to begin with actually the whole car never does. Im sure it works, but I couldnt really tell. If anything im irritated because theres still a few drops this morning that are lurking in the lugs that keep dripping out and I sprayed it like crazy.

Car is looking good now, thanks for the input guys.



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