Traffic Film Removers (also known as TFR) are a highly effective solution to rid vehicles of road grime. Our traffic film removers are all available as super concentrates and are suitable for commercial use. Concentrates Direct have a range of TFRs, all of which offer exceptional value for money and are at least 5 times more concentrated than almost all other brands. We stock traffic film removers of varying strengths, from delicate cleaning applications (Cherry Suds and Bodywork Shine) to incredibly powerful strength (Powerwash).
Choosing the right TFR
There are several distinguishing features and factors to consider to ensure you select the right product for your specific needs. TFRs are commonly used in the automotive and transportation industry to remove dirt, grime, and traffic film (a combination of road dust, oils, and other contaminants) from vehicles. Here are some key features and factors to consider:
Cleaning Strength and Compatibility: Look for a product with strong cleaning power that can efficiently break down and lift away contaminants. Ensure that the TFR is compatible with the surfaces you intend to clean. It should be safe for use on various vehicle materials such as paint, glass, plastic, and metal. Check if the TFR is safe to use on vehicles with wax or sealant coatings. Some TFRs are designed to preserve these protective layers, while others may strip them. Caustic TFRs can save money, time and effort, and remove tougher dirt, but it should be well diluted or avoided for delicate surfaces.
Concentration/Dilution Ratio: Many TFRs are sold as concentrates that need to be diluted with water. Consider the dilution ratio, as this affects both the cleaning strength and the cost-effectiveness of the product.
Price and Value: Compare the cost of the product with its performance. Cheaper options may require higher concentrations or more frequent applications.
Environmental Impact: Some TFRs are formulated to be more environmentally friendly, with biodegradable or eco-friendly ingredients. If sustainability is a concern for you, look for products that have lower environmental impact.
Foam Production: Some TFRs produce a lot of foam when applied, which can help in clinging to vertical surfaces and improving dwell time. Others are non-foaming and are applied directly.
Temperature Range: Ensure that the TFR is suitable for use in the temperature conditions in which you plan to use it. Some TFRs work better in cold weather, while others are designed for hot weather.
Application Method: TFRs can be applied with pressure washers, foam cannons, or manually using a sponge or mitt. Choose a product that suits your preferred application method.
Dwell Time: The amount of time the TFR needs to remain on the surface for effective cleaning varies between products. Some require longer dwell times, while others work quickly.
Fragrance: TFRs sometimes come in various scents, which can be important if you have specific preferences or if you’re concerned about odours.
Safety: Consider the safety of the product for both the user and the environment. Some TFRs may contain harsh chemicals, so ensure you follow safety guidelines and wear appropriate protective gear.
User Reviews & Brand Reputation: Research customer reviews and testimonials to learn about the real-world performance of the TFR from other users. Consider products from reputable brands that are known for quality and customer satisfaction.
Ultimately, the choice of a Traffic Film Remover should align with your specific needs, the types of vehicles you’re cleaning, the cleaning equipment you have, and your environmental and safety considerations. It’s advisable to test a small area or use a sample before applying the product to an entire vehicle to ensure it meets your expectations.
If you remain unsure as to which of our TFR products is best for your needs, then feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
TFR Cleaning Top Tips
Choose the Right TFR: Select a TFR that is suitable for the type of vehicle and the level of contamination you are dealing with. Some TFRs are designed for heavy-duty cleaning, while others are more gentle and suitable for regular maintenance. For more help on this, see the guide above.
Read the Product Instructions: Always start by reading and following the manufacturer’s instructions on the product label or packaging. Each TFR will have specific guidelines for use.
Wear Protective Gear: When handling TFRs, wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and safety goggles, to prevent skin or eye contact with the product.
Dilution: If you’re using a concentrated TFR, make sure to dilute it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Using the correct dilution ratio ensures optimal cleaning performance, and avoids harming delicate surfaces.
Pre-Rinse: Start by rinsing the vehicle with water to remove loose dirt and debris. This step helps improve the efficiency of the TFR, avoids scratching of surfaces from abrasive dirt, and prevents excessive contamination from accumulating on your cleaning tools.
Hot water: Using heated water boost the power of your TFR making cleaning easier, quicker and TFR products go further. But beware, warmed surfaces can dry and streak faster too.
Apply the TFR: Use an appropriate method to apply the TFR to the vehicle. This can include spraying it on with a pressure washer, using a foam cannon, or applying it manually with a sponge or mitt. Ensure even coverage.
Dwell Time: Allow the TFR to dwell on the vehicle surface for long enough to perform before rinsing. Do not allow the TFR to dry on the vehicle.
Agitate if Necessary: For stubborn areas of contamination, you may need to use a soft brush or mitt to gently agitate the TFR. Be careful not to scratch the surface, especially on sensitive areas like the paint.
Rinse Thoroughly: After the dwell time, thoroughly rinse the vehicle with a pressure washer or a high-volume hose. Ensure that all TFR residue is removed, as leaving it on can damage the vehicle’s finish over time and upset finishes such as waxes applied afterwards.
Check for Residue: After rinsing, inspect the vehicle for any TFR residue. If you notice any spots or streaks, rinse those areas again until the vehicle is completely clean.
Dry the Vehicle: Apply a glossing agents if you wish to use one, which also assists water to bead and run off. Use a clean microfiber towel or a drying aid to dry the vehicle’s surface. This helps prevent water spots and ensures a streak-free finish.
Maintain Protective Coatings: If your vehicle has wax or sealant coatings.
Dispose of Waste Properly: Dispose of any waste materials, such as TFR run-off, according to local environmental regulations. Some TFRs may contain chemicals that need to be handled and disposed of properly.
Regular Maintenance: Depending on the frequency of vehicle use and environmental conditions, consider using a TFR as part of a regular maintenance routine to prevent heavy build-up of traffic film.
By following these tips and using the right TFR for your specific needs, you can effectively clean vehicles and maintain their appearance while minimising potential damage to the vehicle’s finish.
Does TFR Remove Wax? Most traffic film removers will remove wax that has been applied to a car, but it ultimately depends on the strength of the individual product used as well as the dilution, temperature and time it is applied for. The type of wax that has been applied to the car will also impact whether the TFR will fully remove it.
How Do You Dilute TFR? Each product has its own clear dilution instructions on the label. Typically, this is done manually to pre-dilute the product and then automatically as part of a feed into a pressure washer. When manually diluting concentrates, it is recommended to part-fill your container with most of the water needed first to avoid excessive foaming.
Can You Use Concentrates Direct TFR With An Auto-Fed Pressure Washer? Most of our traffic film remover concentrates can be fed into an auto-fed pressure washer once they have been pre-diluted. Please check individual product descriptions and manuals for further information.
If you would like to ask anything else then feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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