Paint decontamination and paint preparation are vital steps in car detailing to ensure a clean and smooth surface for subsequent work like machine polishing. Paint decon involves removing contaminants such as embedded dirt, industrial fallout, tar, and tree sap that regular washing cannot eliminate. This process, which often includes using clay bars or iron fallout removers, eliminates these stubborn contaminants, creating a clean foundation.
Paint prep involves further enhancing the surface by removing old wax, polishing oils, and other residues that can hinder the bonding of protective coatings. This process allow for better results with polishes, sealants, waxes, or ceramic coatings, and so ultimately enhance the overall appearance and protection of the vehicle.