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