Bilt Hamber - Products Used
High powered pressure washer / snow foam detergent
There is absolutely no point in using expensive waxes and sealants striving to achieve a perfect finish if you don’t get the basics right at the outset. Most swirls and paint imperfections have to be addressed later on in the process because of poor detailing preparation and the effects of Foreign Object Damage (FOD) on paint (such as 'own goal' damage from grit and grime) having to be removed. However careful we all might strive to be, sometimes we make mistakes and damage happens. So it makes sense to be as methodical and as careful as we can be, from the very first stages of the cleaning process, not just at the end.
Auto-Foam will reduce even further the possibility of damage to paintwork by presenting you with beautifully clear FOD free paint, ready for subsequent detailing.
Auto-Foam is a new generation premium quality, foaming water-based pre wash treatment, designed to soak and saturate soiled vehicle paintwork prior to the application of vehicle shampoo and paint food. Auto-Foam is gentle too and is for use with all pressure washer foam lances.
Auto-Foam is made with biodegradable compounds, is extraordinarily tough on soil and grime, yet harmless to paint. The non-caustic formulation ensures that even regular use will not attack paint binders. Our hard working surfactants will attack and penetrate the hardest of road dirt and grime, without the need for manual intervention.
During the panel dwell period, auto-foam’s bubbles will systematically burst and move, encouraging the soaking and cleansing agents to start working. The effects of road grime are neutralised by them, by being bonded within the blend of surfactants, and then lifted from painted surfaces and physically removed, minimising harm caused by swirling and marking during subsequent detailing.
pH adjusted reactive wheel cleaner for all alloy, aluminum and steel wheels
auto-wheel is a non-acid, non-alkaline alloy wheel cleaner.
In most cases steel and alloy wheels are either lacquered or painted. These coatings protect the metallic surface from corrosion and provide attractive finishes to automotive road wheels.
As vehicles brake, the dust generated from pads, discs and drums is at elevated temperatures. Amongst this hot cloud are thousands of hot metallic particles. These bombard the wheels finish and effectively embed themselves there.
Once lodged these particles are extremely difficult to remove. Acid based alloy wheel cleaners attack these metal particles effectively, reducing their size and allowing the particles and clinging dirt to escape. Caustic alloy cleaners are less effective than acid ones on brake dust, but can attack organic coatings such as lacquers and paints on short exposure, they attack any organic matter accumulated around the embedded particles and produce a seemingly clean surface, however with continued use they will dull and diminish the coating, leaving a wheel surface that needs refinishing.
The more effective and safe to use auto-wheel works in an entirely different way, and has proved itself by winning yearly independent tests conducted by the UK’s biggest selling automotive magazine! Most recently in 2017 when they were up against both powerful acid and alkaline cleaners.
Auto-Wheel’s formulation reacts with the oxidising surface of the metallic particles, rendering it water soluble. The rapid removal of this microscopically rusted surface reduces the embedded particle size and releases the particles from the surface. Unlike acid based alloy wheel cleaners, this method is harmless to the wheel’s finish. The reaction can be observed by a rapid colour change from clear to deep red. After a simple hose, rinse down or jetwash, it leaves the wheel spotless.
Korrosol is a fallout remover which clears metallic particles from paints and lacquers.
A controlled pH non-alkaline fallout remover for the safe and effective removal of embedded metallic particles that contaminate the vast majority of road going vehicles.
You may not have noticed by looking at your paintwork, but next time it’s washed and clean lightly feel the paintwork, especially the horizontal panels; bonnet, boot lid, roof etc. Very gently with finger tip touch you’ll be able to feel a rough grittiness. You may well think this is dust landed from the air – it’s not. Airborne metallic particles liberated by braking surfaces, such as pads and discs fill the air along our roads. When the car in front of you brakes, your car travels through these hot metallic particles and they are left embedded in your paintwork.
Here they react with rainwater or air moisture and begin to corrode. The corrosion product (rust) occupies four times the space of iron, and the paint is slowly ruptured around the embedded particle. This action destroys both the aesthetic and protective qualities of the vehicle finish.
While harsh acids such as phosphoric and oxalic acids maybe use with good effect to remove the contamination, these acids to not discriminate between corrosion and good steel, not even paint films themselves, so while the particle is removed and base metals or coatings can also be attacked.
Korrosols effective formula is simply sprayed onto the contaminated panel a rapid and dramatic colour change takes place which indicates that the corroded part is water soluble after which a rinse with water leaves the panel free of metallic embedment.
Korrosol is safe to use on all auto body paint finishes including lacquers.
Surfex HD is an all purpose cleaner and degreaser (APC).
With increasing restrictions on the use of solvent-containing degreasers and cleaners safer, water-based materials have been developed.
However it has been difficult to match the performance of the solvent-containing systems and increasing environmental restrictions on the ranges of acceptable water-based actives have further tested the formulators’ ability.
Surfex HD provides performance levels that match and even exceed solvent systems, while meeting the latest standards of biodegradability.
Surfex HD attacks all oil and grease based soiling, but unlike solvent based cleaners will additionally and effortlessly clean organic, or water deposited grime.
It can be used on exterior and interior surfaces, paint, alloy wheels, tyres, fabric, carpets and most surfaces.
Surfex HD can be sprayed, brushed or applied using pressure washer equipment.
Surfex HD contains zero VOC’s, is biodegradable, non-toxic and pleasant to use, yet its ability to remove grease and oil based contamination exceeds many well-known solvent based degreasers.
The new touch-system products
TOUCH-LESS is the new eco-friendly pressure- washer, pre-clean, snow foam which can be applied by pump spray or trigger too. This bio-degradable sugar-based product provides truly exceptional levels of cleaning of automotive paintwork. Unlike other petrochemical based cleaners TOUCH-LESS is free-and-easy rinsing, easing the effort of subsequent bucket washes and massively helping post treatments bond too. TOUCH-LESS also contains corrosion inhibitors. pH ~12, contains no phosphates, solvents, NTA, or caustic soda.
The clay-bars are designed to effortlessly restore the factory smooth finish to paint finishes. They have received critical acclaim in the detailing industry for being the most durable, cost effective and well-designed clay-bars available today.
Auto Express Magazine, a giant in the car magazine world, has awarded Auto-Clay with their Best Clay Bar award every year for the last 5! Also they compared the clay-cloths to clay-bars in one recent test, where they concluded that bars were better, and that Auto-Clay was the pick of the bunch once again!
So which clay-bar do you need?
The choice between the auto-clay bars will depend on several factors:
If the vehicle is heavily contaminated, has never been clay-barred before, or it’s hot summertime then use Regular. All clay bars become firmer when cold and softer when warm.
For paintwork that is in a reasonable condition, Medium will be preferred.
The easier folding of the clay to expose a fresh working surface will be very beneficial.
If paint is in good condition, if you like to clay your vehicle frequently or indeed if the weather is cold, then use Soft.
Why use a clay-bar?
Assess the degree of embedded metallic and brake dust debris that has entered the surface of your paint film by gently rubbing the paint with fingertips.
Feel for the grittiness that these damaging particles impart to paint films.
Using Bilt-Hamber Clay-Bars - regular, medium or soft - you will effortlessly remove particles, leaving the paint glass-smooth. Discolouring road film will also be gently lifted.
Claying will make a world of difference when lubricated with plenty of water and hardly any pressure. The bar glides like an ice hockey puck, and is pleasant and satisfying to use.
Not only does the paint feel and look a lot better once clayed, but the removal of these objects sticking to the surface allows the next stages of paint care to progress far more smoothly. As now cleansers, waxes and polishes glide across the surface far more easily.
It is highly recommended that before using a clay bar the paint is pre-treated with korrosol.
This high activity cleaner actively removes embedded metallic particles in a simply spray on rinse off action.
By removing these particles before the clay-bar is used, the bar will last longer and concentrate its action on the remaining contamination.
Auto-QD is a highly concentrated quick detailing spray.
Auto-QD is a unique concentrated quick detailer spray. It is particularly suited to use over Auto-Balm, but it has a wide range of other uses...
It safely removes dust and grime without scratching.
Unique charged polymers suspend particulate matter to protect highly finished automotive paints from hologram scratching.
Between washing, Auto-QD acts as an effective "waterless wash" product, saving time and water and preventing cobweb scratching that can be imparted by non-charged products.
The high-shine protects and beautifies paintwork, inhibits UV degradation and oxidisation.
It also very effectively preserves previously applied last stage products (LSP's) such as waxes and sealers like cleanser-polish, auto-balm, finis-wax, double speed-wax, hydra-wax and micro-fine.
Water based and safe for all automotive paint finishes, auto-QD quickly revives gloss and does not result in chemical build-up or dusty chalky residue.
Will effectively clean paintwork after compounding stages and does not mark or stain plastic trim, rubber or composites and will impart protection and sheen to them too. Great for vinyl finishes.
Can be diluted with water to provide extremely economical LSP preservation which is particularly suited to auto-balm and as a drying aid to prevent water-spotting of hard water.
Auto-QD can also be used as a lubricant for auto-clay to provide a gloss enriched finish, used in combination the stunning finish is ready to go in one hit.
Ultra durable easy-to-use paste wax with medium hard film
The carnauba wax used provides a deep rich glossy, highly water repellent and detergent resistant film.
As well as the 2017 product award test, it previously won 'Best Car Wax 2015' from Auto Express magazine back in April 2015, when competing against other highly rated car waxes - some costing upwards of £200!
Liquid carnauba with built-in cleaning power.
Micro-Fine is a one-step cleansing and protection product specifically for use on top quality paint finishes. The product contains high levels of carnauba and other waxes to produce a durable and protective film that is highly compatible with finis-wax and hydra-wax, although it can be used as a highly effective stand-alone product for use on lightly aged paint work to rejuvenate and seal in a deep gloss. Can be used frequently, is extremely easy to use and produces a highly detergent resistant, water repellent finish.
Multi-purpose all-in-one product
Micro-Fine contains micro particle abrasives for fine paint cleansing and conditioning. Ideal for paintwork in excellent condition. The micro-sized particles will remove traces of old polishes and waxes, compound 'fillers' and road film remains but will not inflict swirls or cob-web like holograms to highly prepped paint.