So, today I decided to clean the truck up as I had a free afternoon. My goal was to do a prep for sealant and wax on timely basis. I also decided to use IronX for the first time as part of my prep, along with Nanoskin sponge. So here's what I did. Took the truck to the wash bay, cleaned here up using a two bucket method. Once that was completed, I doused the the entire exterior of the truck with copious amounts of IronX. I haven't used IronX before, so I expected MUCH worse results. After application of IronX, you'll be able to see the product at work while it turns purple.
These were all results after around 4 minutes. Needless to say, I expected MUCH worse. So I'm already happy. Be prepared though, this product will knock your socks off with it's fragrance. But after that, I was ready for clay bar.
I bought a Nanoskin sponge off of Amazon. I searched for Nanoskin towels and what not, this was my first time using this, so I didn't want to spend $40 on a towel. I've learned a few things while using this.
1) The product requires a very slick lubricant. I was using my Chemical Guys Clay Luber during this diluted 1:4 (lubricant:Water). Needless to say, I don't believe it was enough. I used an entire 16oz bottle to do my truck. Overall, I thing the Nanoskin is a great time saver, and worked quite well.
2) I'm not sure if this is my truck being cared for, or if the Nanoskin was not grabbing enough material. The sponge didn't have many friction points of removing particles. I'm assuming there wasn't a lot stuck to the paint and needing to be removed. And not that the sponge wasn't moving an adequate amount of contaminants.
3) If you are going to correct your paint after this, I feel like you will shooting yourself in the foot. The Nanoskin sponge removed a majority of contaminants, but if was to compound after this, I would prefer actual clay. I'm not completely sold on Nanoskin yet. I know there are a few spots that needed additional attentions. Since I just applied sealant and wax in a time sensitive situation, I feel the Nanoskin did well.
I applied one coat of Griot Sealant with a gray-hex hand applicator, and followed that up with 2 coats of Colinite 845 using the gray-hex as well. Here's how it turned out.
Mother nature decided not to comply and the sun came out as soon as I applied the first coat of sealant. So I had to finish up as rain is moving in for the weekend. Over all, I'm happy with the outcome.
One other thing I've learned, running out of beer mid way and turning to tequila is a very dangerous idea. A very delicious idea, but dangerous! Any questions, let me know!