A Miracle Detailing strives to obtain a truly clean paint surface with both a chemical and mechanical "clay bar" process before beginning the paint correction and polishing process.

This is one of the most important and major components in preparation for a more enhanced end result. We use a thorough 2-3 stage decon process, both chemical and mechanical, to insure the paint surface is clean and free of contaminants that a vehicle encounters on a daily basis.


This step (referred to as "decon") is the process of removing those "things" that your regular maintenance wash does not.

Paint decontamination is the process of removing embedded contaminants such as airborne compounds, brake dust, rail dust, ferrous (iron containing) particles, paint overspray, grit etc. that have become embedded in the paint surface.

No matter how protected and slick feeling the paint surface is, airborne contaminants gradually accumulate on paintwork. Some contaminants may come off with washing. Other contaminants can penetrate and bond into the surface of the paint.

Decontamination Process

Contaminants that are left on the vehicles paint allow additional debris to gather and can have a damaging affect which degrades the clear coat over time. The paint appearance will be far glossier without contaminants blocking the reflection.

Regardless of the last step protection (LSP) you choose for your vehicle, it will bond MUCH better to a 100% clean surface.
A decontaminated surface is the proper way to prepare the vehicle to allow wax, sealant or ceramic coating to fully bond.


Step 1 - Iron Fallout - Chemical removal.

This step is for industrial fallout from Ferric Iron Oxide contamination. If left unattended, these lodged iron particles will begin to corrode and cause damage to your car's paint. Ferrous particles include, metal fallout, vehicle brake dust, etc.

This chemical decon measure puts a stop to pre-mature corrosion. Airborne chemical compounds and ferrous particles (particles containing iron) actually penetrate the paint and create corrosive compounds that eat deep into the paint's sub-layers. This is a gradual process that is not evident until it's too late. This chemical process was developed to remove the root of the problem (BELOW the top surface) rather than just shaving off the top of the particle like a traditional clay bar.

As the iron cleansing liquid begins to work the formula begins to turn purple. This coloring affect is forming a bond to the embeded sintered iron on the cars paint or wheels, and changing its state to a water-soluble complex that easily washes off.


Step 2 - Mineral deposit - Chemical removal.

This step is to remove minerals that stick to the paintwork. This paint contamination is caused when moisture gets on the paint surface. When the sun evaporates the water it leaves behind deposited minerals that stick to the paint surface.


Step 3 - Clay bar - Mechanical removal.

This step is for removal of surface contaminantion. Multiple products are used in this process from a unique lubricant infused with surfactants, solvents designed to reduce friction, polymerized rubber decon towels, and ultra-fine clay bars.

Ultrafine clay is a safe way to easily remove "non-dissolvable" surface contaminants from an automotive paint surface. Ultra-Fine Detailing Clay is so fine that it will not leave microscopic scratches and offers safe contamination removal. Ultra Fine Detailing Clay removes road grime, bug and bird remains, surface rail and brake dust, fine paint overspray, road salts, hard water deposits, atmosphere fallout and acid rain.

NOTE: Any type of mechanical "clay bar" treatment should not be used on a ceramic coated vehicle paint surface.

Decontamination of the paint surface is critical to proper auto paint care. Increased traffic levels, and pollution have made paint contamination a rapidly growing problem. All paint contaminants need to be removed before polishing the paintwork.