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    How to remove "Darwin Dust" (Red dirt stained paintwork & aluminium tray)
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    Hey all,

    I just purchased a 4x4 ute that has lived the majority of its life in the back-roads of Darwin.
    The chassis rails , exhaust, pretty much EVERYTHING under the car and every nook and cranny looks RED almost like orange surface rust, but its just pure stained red aussie bulldust.

    The aluminium tray seems to look the worst as its a lighter colour, the tray looks a tinge of red/brown.

    I just got it home and tried mixing 60% mineral turps/35% unleaded petrol and 5% dish washing liquid, sprayed this on with a "brake cleaner" pressure gun and let it soak for half an hour.
    I hit it hard with the pressure washer (cold) and it possibly removed about 10% of it?? This shit is stubborn as hell.

    i tried a gurney soap gun attachment of heavy car wash but the red dirt just laughed at me.....

    What the hell can i use to soak/wash this nasty redness out of my paintwork and undercar??

    thanks!
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    im reading some people use "Aluminium cleaner acid" , ive used a similar thing in the past on mine sites, the water underground is so metallic that we used to wash the cars after a soak of "rust buster" , i remember it used to sting the hell out of our eyes!! haha
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    I've never had to remove it but i know that the dirt is red because of the super high iron content in the dirt. You have two options here, a specified iron remover for paint work or a wheel cleaner, both designed to remove iron (as as brake dust is also rotor dust and is made of iron).

    CarPro make a spray for paint called IronX ( https://www.waxit.com.au/collections...iant=801078241 ) which is designed for paintwork as well as wheels, so it's a lot safer. Or the other is a wheel cleaner which is a lot more easy to find locally but a fair bit less safe for paint work and i wouldn't want to use it on aluminium as i know alloy has some fairly odd reactions with chemicals (i've seen an alloy tray be eaten through before).

    After that i would use a clay bar to remove any extra contaminants using car soap for lubricant with the clay. This is fairly easy to find.

    What is the car make/model/year?
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    Seeing as the dirt is red due to the really high iron content i would use CarPro IronX which is a dedicated iron remover which is paint safe.

    Or your other option which is a bit less safe but easier to get your hands on, is a wheel cleaner like Bowdens Wheely Clean.

    After that i would give the paint a really good clay with using car wash soap as lubricant to pull as much out of the paint as i can.

    Be careful with the ally tray though, you can get some really weird reactions with ally trays. I've seen one get eaten through when i was working out back one time with something not that odd... Can't remember what it was though

    Whats the car make, model and year?
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    Mitch, Its a 2009 Mazda BT50 ute, (Ford PK Ranger)

    cheers ill have a look and see what those products claim.
    the actual exterior bodywork isnt really stained due to being washed once in a blue moon, but the under-body, chassis, and tray are just RED due to not being washed with actual agitation , only water blowing over it.

    I need something that's a spray on, rinse off action, i simply couldn't hand wash this stuff out its in every single crevice imaginable.
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    If you have a local Supercheap or Autobarn they usually stock the Wheely Clean, it's fairly well priced, usually around $22 a bottle. I'd say give it a go on the underbody in a spot you can't see let it soak for 30 seconds then use a brush to agitate and see how that works out. Just make sure you wear some dish washing gloves or something cause it stinks like a 4 month old stale bucket of camel piss. Works good though. Just don't let it dry on.
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    is this the bowdens stuff??

    id literally need 20 bottles if i was to just spray it straight out the bottle like that...
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    im wondering what a aluminium acid cleaner would go like with a low dosage in a foam lance mixed with a mega strong blend of ct18 ???
    that way the foam doesnt give it a chance to "dry" as easily ?

    followed within 5 mins by a HOT pressure wash
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    I remember spending a few days cleaning Darwin Dust out of Land Rovers on a wharf somewhere before they could be returned to Australia. My particular truck had never been off road while it had been deployed but it took DAYS to flush the red out enough for AQIS to be happy. Can't recall what we used but it stripped just about everything off. Grease, oil, dust, paint....

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    I'm more than likely going to repaint the chassis rails anyway just with a spray can after its cleaned off. I can afford to go aggressive with whatever I use because I want to replace the sides and front hurdle on the tray with steel ones anyway and have them painted white like the cab. It's just the ally floor and rear guards and chassis that will cop the full force spray of whatever the hell may work

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