Questions about traffic film remover (TFR)

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What is traffic film remover and is it worth it? As a manufacturer of a range of class leading traffic film removers we get asked a lot of questions. We have detailed below a few of the more common questions we get asked, if you have one that isn’t on the list and think it should be, email it through to us as

Common questions about traffic film remover.

What is traffic film remover and is it worth it?

Traffic film remover (TFR) is a chemical cleaning product that is formulated to break down and remove the dirt and grime that can build on your vehicle’s bodywork. This layer of dirt comprises of everything from brake & rubber dust, oil and other contaminants of a fine molecular structure that will easily cling to even the smoothest of surfaces. This layer of dirt can be difficult to remove with ordinary ph. neutral shampoos and can take a lot of time to remove even with mechanical assistance.

This where our traffic film remover comes in. Our traffic film remover is formulated from a range of base chemicals, ordinarily a caustic or non-caustic base, a chelate, and some surfactants. Other chemicals can be blended into the mix to produce differing variants – for example foaming agents, dyes, fragrances or hydrophobic additives to aid with rinsing.

Is TFR bad for your car?

All of our Traffic film removers (TFR) are completely safe for any painted surface found on automotive vehicles and trains. As all our products are supplied in concentrated form they must be correctly diluted to the correct ratio before use. you can either dilute with water in a pump sprayer, or as most of our commercial users do, we can fit a small proportioning device to give the correct ratio when used through a high-pressure cleaner. So, in answer to the question, no our traffic film removers are not bad four your car, but a cheap Hydroxide heavy TFR will be.

Is snow foam better than traffic film remover?

We have found that foaming is a much faster way to apply traffic film remover, you can see where it has been applied to and it will cling to surfaces a little longer, giving the chemical a much longer dwell time. Snow foam is a chemical cleaner that has had a foaming additive blended in to make it foam. Most of our traffic film removers have such high levels of dissolved product within them that they foam just fine without adding any foaming additive.

What is traffic film remover made from?

 Most of the TFR’s available on the market contain a very commonly used and cheap to manufacture chemical called Nitrilotriacetic Acid, Trisodium salt or NTA as it is abbreviated to. Whilst Nitrilotriacetic Acid, Trisodium salt is cheap to manufacture it is also suspected of causing cancer. Extensive lab tests have proven this and yet some TFR suppliers still manufacture with it, because it’s cheap. We use a much greener and environmentally friendly product that is much safer in use, and is much better for the environment too, and give a far superior cleaning performance.

How much do you dilute traffic film remover?

 It very much depends on the time of year, bodywork temperature, ambient air temperature, weather you’re using a hot or cold pressure washer etc. Always follow the instruction on the product you are using for the given application method.

How should you rinse off traffic film remover?

Traffic film remover should always be rinsed off with a high-pressure cleaner. Our traffic film removers are formulated with high performance de bonding agents (Chelates) that consist of very small molecule structures and will work the way under the layer traffic film and de-bond it from the surface. It is necessary to use a high-pressure cleaner to completely remove the dirt that is now suspended and carried away by the surfactants. Our traffic film removers make for effortless cleaning.

 What is the difference between caustic and non-caustic TFR?

Caustic Traffic film removers normally have a Potassium or Sodium hydroxide base and are formulated for washing of plant equipment, chassis MOT cleaning and equipment degreasing and high-speed cleaning situation that have a following neutralising rinse cycle such as automatic car washes. Non-Caustic traffic film remover is formulated from a non-caustic base chemical such as Sodium metasilicate that is specially formulated to the same job as the caustic based TFR but won’t remove paintwork protection such as wax sealants.

What makes the best traffic film remover?

In commercial vehicle cleaning the fast and efficient removal of dirt, traffic film and grime from commercial vehicles requires a combination of high quality and high active ingredients.

Picture the scene – a HGV returns to the yard after spending a week pounding the UKs motorways in all weathers. The truck will need washing, along with the rest of the fleet, and time is money. When the right equipment that does the job properly is provided the professional HGV driver will take pride in his vehicle, and this is where our products can assist. Using the right kit for the job ensures the driver can clean the vehicle to a high standard with minimum fuss, protecting your investment and ensuring your customers and public see a nice clean vehicle advertising your brand. The best traffic film remover such as our Power Active XL will provide a quick and unbeatable cleaning solution, whilst saving you money, and is kinder on the environment.