Traffic Film Remover (TFR); How To Apply.

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  1. SPX

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    I've just been gifted a couple of gallon of TFR for my vans and just wanted to know the best way to apply it.

    This might also become a good thread for others in a similar situation.

    Thanks in advance...:thumb:
     
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    Carefully. I think its best to water it down and keep it away from rubber.
     
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    Some TFR is caustic, some isn't. It's normally the cheaper stuff that is. I have some of the cheaper Truckwash from Autosmart (they'd run out of the more expensive stuff) dilute it 4:1 and it's still quite strong at that concentration. 10:1 is pretty useable

    If you use it carelessly & in high concentration you'll get clean streaks on bumper inserts & paintwork where drips have run

    I don't use it on cars - it's too strong. But it's ideal for engine bays & carpet mats

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    We used to use a hard surface caustic cleaner that needed diluting 100:1.
    I would recommend the same for TFR as it's quite probably the same product.
     
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    How do you apply it to the car though?

    Put it into a spray bottle and let it soak, put it in the little bottle thing for the jet wash or put it in a bucket and sponge the thing off?
     
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    Use a dosing bottle on a jet wash lance.
     
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    When l used to do mobile valeting, we used one of those garden sprayer that hold about 10l. As long as its diluted properly, it should be safe to use on cars.

    When l worked at the dealerships, we used to use it neat on the Renaults to dewax the paintwork. The wax was almost the consistency as candle wax, very soft and pliable. It never damaged the plastics though.
     
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    I wouldn't put TFR on the bodywork of a car. :crazy:

    Alloy wheels maybe , but not on paintwork.
     
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    It's just for these vans Howard. You wouldn't believe the amount of grime that collects on them, especially the roofs.
     
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    That's what its manufactured for.
     
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    Maybe for hire fleets and rent a rep mobile , but i wouldn't put it on my cars .

    We used to use it for cleaning the trucks at the removal company where i used to work , there was always white residue when we washed it off.

    Great for vans though.

    Strips wax nicely if you get it on your cars paintwork by mistake when doing your alloys.

    We put some neat truckwash in an aluminium pump container at the boatyard a few years back , it ate through it within a couple of days.
     
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    Be very careful... My non english speaking valeter didnt read the instructions once and made every single bit of black plastic totally white..

    The one we use has to be diluted 100:1 and even then I would only really use it where really necessary.
     
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    Is there a difference between car and van paintwork then?

    Or is it an assumption you're less bothered about the appearance fo a van as it's simply a tool rather than a private car?
     
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    I think it's because vans don't get 'cleaned' as much as cars so there always tends to be a build-up of grime on the paintwork to get through before it hits the paint.



    I've just used the TFR on the wheels of this Vito using the pressure washer lance bottle. Seems to have done the trick.
     
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    All the vans and trucks at the removal company seemed to be painted with much 'thicker' paint if that makes any sense ?
     
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