What is Traffic Film?
Traffic film is more than just mud and soil that all vehicles accumulate, particularly through the winter months. Consider some of the other things that your average car, lorry, coach and bike are exposed to on a typical journey:
Contaminants from other vehicles – these can include:
Soot & Coke
Contaminants from the road itself – things such as:
How Do Traffic Film Removers Work?
Traffic Film Remover (TFR) uses a type of chemical know as a sequestrant to remove metallic particles from the vehicle. As these particles are removed, tiny holes are left in the traffic film.
These microscopic gaps allow further compounds in the TFR to penetrate the traffic film. These compounds hold an extremely powerful positive charge, which attracts them to the surface of vehicle, while undermining the hold the remaining traffic film has on the paintwork. This allows the remaining film to be removed using a pressure washer.
A good TFR will also contain the following:
Water softeners – these prevent water hardness interfering with the traffic film removal process, as hard water often contains metallic elements such as calcium and magnesium
Emulsifiers – great for removing grease and other oily residues
Alkaline components – these can include caustic materials, silicates and amines, which break down any other stubborn soiling
Corrosion inhibiters – these protect both the vehicle and pressure washer from oxidization effects