3D BDX safely removes brake dust off your car’s wheels. It’s also a wide-spectrum chemical contamination remover for the exterior of your car painted body panels.
What is it? - 3D BDX is a spray-on product formulated to chemically dissolve and remove a wide spectrum of chemical contamination off the exterior of your car including wheels, body panels and other exterior surfaces. This product is specifically formulated to be safe on modern clearcoat finishes as well as all types of wheels, including painted, chrome, polished and coated aluminum. 3D BDX is Acid-Free, and pH balanced. 3D BDX is also VOC complaint, green technology and biodegradable making it an earth-friendly car detailing product.
Color Changing Effect - If contamination is present on the wheels or the painted body panels, there’s a chemical reaction that takes place when 3D BDX chemically dissolves the contamination. The visual appearance of this process is the 3D BDX (and the dissolved contamination), turn a dark, purple red color. This is a sign contamination is in fact present. The good news is by dissolving the contamination so that it can be flushed off with rinse water, you have stopped any corrosion taking place on the finish of your car’s wheels or on your car’s paint. Considering how thin modern car paint is – it’s important to keep it clean and contamination-free. After washing the car, you can move onto the next step knowing your car’s wheels and paint are clean and free from any chemical contamination.
What if I don’t see any color changing effect? - After spraying your car’s wheels or any of your car’s body panels, if you do not see any color changing taking place in the spray on the surface, this is even better news. It means there is no contamination and more important – this means there was no corrosion taking place on the finish of your car’s wheels or on the exterior paint. Believe it or not, even though everyone loves to see the color-changing effect, also called the bleeding-effect, it’s better for your wheels and paint to see nothing at all. And now you have the confidence to move onto the next step knowing your car’s wheels and paint are clean and free from any chemical contamination.
What does it do? - After spraying onto a surface, it seeks out and dissolves a wide spectrum of chemical contamination so that it can then be washed and/or rinsed off your vehicle’s wheels and/or body panels. Including,
- Brake Dust
- Iron Contamination
- Traffic Pollution
- Industrial Fallout
- Road Film
When do you use it? - For cleaning brake dust off your car’s wheels and also for chemically decontaminating the body panels that make up your car’s exterior.
Wheels - Use 3D BDX anytime you wash your car. Every time you use your brakes, the friction between the brake pads and the brake rotors creates brake dust as your brakes wear down with each use. This brake dust builds-up on your car’s wheels. Because wheels naturally become dirty with brake dust it’s normal to use a brake dust remover every time you wash your car regardless of the type of wash process you use.
Body Panels – the exterior of your car - There are two categories of car washing, Prep Wash and Maintenance Wash. Generally speaking, you only use 3D BDX when doing a Prep Wash and skip the 3D BDX step for body panels when doing a Maintenance Wash.
What’s the difference between a Prep Wash and a Maintenance Wash? - Great question, I’m glad you asked.
Prep Wash - A prep wash is where you are washing a neglected car to get it surgically clean before doing any paint correction steps. Paint correction steps can include things like,
- Mechanical decontamination with detailing clay or the 3D Nano Pad or 3D Nano Prep Towels.
- Dedicated compounding and polishing steps with 3D compounds and polishes
- Doing one-step paint correction with products like 3D SPEED.
When doing any type of paint correction, anything already on the surface of the painted body panels is going to be abraded off, conventional car waxes, synthetic paint sealants and ceramic paint coatings. For this reason, it’s recommended to use 3D BDX for a Prep Wash.
Maintenance Wash - A maintenance wash is a wash process intended to clean cars already detailed, in excellent condition and regularly maintained. As such, there’s less need for extreme cleaning processes and products like iron removers and chemical decontamination sprays. In fact, the whole point of a Maintenance Wash is to be as careful and NON-invasive as possible so as to avoid marring the paint during the process as well as preserving whatever the protective coating was chose to seal the paint surface, be it a ceramic coating, conventional car wax or synthetic paint sealant.
Body Panels - When doing a maintenance wash, the type of LSP or Last Step Product used on the painted body panels is a key deciding factor as to whether to use 3D BDX or not.
Cars with Ceramic Coatings - A quality ceramic coating properly installed is chemical resistant, at least a lot more chemical resistant than a conventional car wax or synthetic paint sealant. Thus, if you feel the need to check for or ensure there is no iron or chemical contamination on your car’s finish it’s perfectly okay to use 3D BDX on a ceramic coated car as the ingredients in this product will not interfere with the coating.
Cars with Conventional Car Waxes or Synthetic Paint Sealants - The downside to using conventional car waxes and synthetic paint sealants are they are not near as chemical resistant as a ceramic coatings. Thus, using iron removers and chemical contamination sprays will tend to remove these types of sacrificial protective coatings pre-maturely. It’s just the nature of the beast. So generally speaking, you don’t use iron removers when doing a maintenance wash on cars protected with car waxes and/or synthetic paint sealants.
Why use 3D BDX over other options? - Most iron removers are formulated for a single purpose and that is to remove iron or in scientific lingo, Fe or ferrum, which is Latin for iron.
3D BDX is a more complicated product. It’s formulated to safely dissolve and remove all types of iron contamination, which includes brake dust and dissolved iron in our water supplies, both city water and well water but 3D BDX goes further and also safely removes other common forms of chemical contamination on vehicles including, brake dust, iron contamination, traffic pollution, industrial fallout, and oily road film.
- 3D BDX can be used to wash and clean brake dust off wheels anytime you wash your car.
- 3D BDX can be used on body panels any time you’re doing a Prep Wash.
- 3D BDX should not be used for body panels when used as a part of a Maintenance Wash unless the car being washed has a ceramic coating.
- Removes Brake Dust.
- Removes Iron Contamination.
- Removes Industrial Fallout.
- Non-Acid – Safe on ALL wheels.
- Safe on Automotive Paint.
- Color-changing formula turns purple as it dissolves any type of chemical contamination.
- 3D BDX is VOC complaint, Green and Biodegradable.
IMPORTANT: Always work on a cool surface in the shade.
Wheels and tires first
Step 1: Spray 3D BDX onto 1 wheel at a time. Allow product to dwell for 30 to 45 seconds.
Step 2: Agitate cleaner with a wheel cleaning brush and then rinse thoroughly. Repeat this process to the other 3 wheels. Always clean one wheel at a time.
Car body panels
Step 1: First remove any loose dirt and debris by rinsing the car with a strong blast of water.
Step 2: Spray 3D BDX onto roof, hood, trunk lid and vertical panels – allow to dwell for 30 to 45 seconds.
Step 3: Thoroughly rinse entire car to flush off the 3D BDX and all the dissolved chemical contamination. Now wash car using your normal car wash process.
Getting your car clean starts with chemically decontaminating the paint. Your eyes cannot see it without help, but over time, if you own a daily driver and even a garage queen, your car’s paint gets a film build-up of all sorts of chemical contamination. The chemical contamination comes primarily from dirty, contaminated water and air.
How does contamination get on my car’s paint from the water? Isn’t water clean?
To start with, most of us wash our cars with water, as in running water from a garden hose. We use this water in our wash buckets, spray the car off before washing, spray the car during washing and give the car a final rinse all from the same water source. In most cases this is from either city water or well water.
Guess what? Doesn’t matter where you get your water, it’s all contaminated with a myriad of substances and one of the most common substance among all water sources is dissolved iron.
There’s also the water that falls from the sky. This water is probably for the most part clean as the way clouds form is via evaporation of a water source, like the ocean, lakes, rivers, etc. And via the evaporation process the liquid water breaks down into smaller molecules and in this process leaves whatever dissolved contaminants behind in the originating source. In simpler words, rainwater from clouds is filtered and for the most part clean.
The problem is all the air-borne pollution the rain has to pass through to get to earth, (and your car’s paint). This means the clean rainwater becomes contaminated as it travels through dirty air to your car.
Then there’s the issue of all the air-borne dirt, fallout, and industrial pollution in the air that lands on your car’s finish creating a film of contamination. Then when it rains, or even over night when dew forms, all this contamination actively works to stain and chemically contaminate your car’s finish resulting in a film that is actually impacted or bonded to the surface.
Daily Drivers vs Garage Queens
It’s easy to think that the above scenario I laid out explains how the billions of cars on the road, referred to in the car detailing industry as daily drivers, can and do become chemically contaminated. The flip side of this coin would be garage queens, you know the other car a lot of people own that only comes out for car shows, cruises, and other special events.
Cars that spend most of their lives in a protective shelter, be it a garage or a building that holds a car collection, these cars should be contaminant-free as in CLEAN. But that’s not so, at least not from my experience. In fact, my experience, (and I’ve been detailing cars for over 30 years), is just the opposite. In many cases, the favorite toy kept sheltered in the garage most of its life is just as contaminated as a daily driver because it sees a lot less in the way of regular, professional care on the cleaning and detailing side.
Real-world example of iron and chemical contamination.
Recently Mike Phillips detailed a garage-kept, in other words, a GARAGE QUEEN, 1964 Chevy Impala SS to restore a true show car finish. This is a car that was restored a little over 20 years ago and since then is only driven on sunny days, normally weekends, to car shows, club cruise-ins and special events. Special events include things like parades. This particular SS Impala is a convertible. Another reason it’s not driven all the time as the owner normally has the top down. Convertibles work perfect to honor the Home Coming Queen or the City Mayor in parades because they can sit on the rear deck as the car travels down the street with the VIP celebrity waving at the town folks.
This 1964 restored Impala (shown above) is a PERFECT example as to why all the rest of us with our mundane daily drivers NEED to understand that as daily drivers, exposed to the polluted world we live in, if this garage queen needs to be chemically decontaminated – how much more so our cars?
As a part of the washing process to prep the car for machine polishing, Mike liberally sprayed down all the body panels using 3D BDX. A picture tells a thousand words… The purple color you see bleeding out of the paint is a sign of iron and other chemical contamination. And… this is a garage-kept car! The final results after a complete exterior detail including all 3D products. The paint is actually a brighter, more brilliant color with insane gloss and shine. If a garage-kept car is contaminated… how much more so daily drivers?