Thioglycolic acid was first discovered by a scientist investigating why the protease enzyme could not break down hair, nails and skin, and was identified as a product which could actually do this. In relation to metals, the acid was developed for its colour-changing function, in order to establish whether a batch of metal (usually aluminium or steel) was “bad,” or, in other words, contaminated with iron. Once its iron removal properties were discovered, it became more widely used as a cleaning product.Clay bars are the only other tool used to safely remove iron fallout from vehicle surfaces but are far more time consuming and much less effective than a chemical cleaning process.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL USING AN IRON FALLOUT REMOVER:
As mentioned earlier, the active ingredient in an iron fallout remover was discovered first to be able to dissolve hair, nails and other body parts. Therefore, great care must be taken to protect one’s bodily parts from contact with the cleaning product. It is also worth noting that the active product also smells quite pungent. It is highly recommended to use the product in a well-ventilated environment.
- FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE VEHICLE:
An iron fallout remover is not suitable for use on all surfaces, as it can react with iron molecules which are actually supposed to be there, such as on the brakes themselves. Most areas of modern vehicles should be safe to clean with an iron fallout remover, but consider carefully which areas of older vehicles are safe to clean. The chemical should not be allowed to dry out, nor should it be left for a prolonged period of time on any surface of the vehicle.