Nanolex Race Film Remover test and review

Washing and protecting your car regularly with quality products is a great way to keep the paint in good condition, but a simple wash doesn’t always remove all the dirt completely, as deposits such as rubber, tar, bitumen, grease, oil, diesel and more will stick to the bodywork and won’t come off with car shampoo. This is when you need Nanolex Race Film Remover!

Race Film Remover is a form of traffic film remover (TFR), which is perfect for removing all of the above mentioned nasties from your paintwork, which can eventually build up enough to dull the paint finish. While Race Film Remover is suitable for the average driver, it is especially perfect for those of you who need to clean their car of sticky stuff after a day out on the track.

Test time

The vehicle I used as a test-bed for Race Film Remover was a 2002 Lexus RX300 SUV. It’s not cleaned too often, and usually only gets a basic wash and over the winter months there’s been a build-up of oily deposits, tar and bitumen, thanks to motorway use and driving over recently-resurfaced roads.

In the photos you’ll have see those small black spots on the bodywork, and this is tar. A quick wash of the effected panels using car shampoo mixed with hot water and a microfibre wash mitt proved the tar spots were way too stubborn to be washed away.

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TIP: If you’re going to use Nanolex Race Film Remover, the panels should be clean and dry first anyway, so this is a good starting point either way. 

With the areas clean, I could see what I was dealing with. Lots of tar spots and a slight haze to the paint from oily deposits (which I unfortunately couldn’t pick up with the camera, but they were there). I was surprised by how far they’d actually got down the side of the car, reaching all the way to the edge of the front door, over the top of the wheel arch and onto the side of the front bumper.

I decided to spray all over the panels to make sure I had good, even coverage which would ensure any oils would also be removed evenly. On spraying, I noted there was virtually no scent from this Nanolex TFR, which is a nice change as many have a strong, unpleasant solvent smell to them. This means that you can use it in a garage without being overpowered by the odour. Bonus!

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After leaving the product to dwell for around five minutes to break down the tar and oily areas, I gave the areas a light wipe with a soft microfibre cloth, which removed the majority of tar flecks with surprisingly little effort. However, while the larger, thicker tar spots partly melted and streaked down the paint, a second coating was required and again left to dwell for another few minutes.

After this though – and again using a clean microfibre cloth – all tar and oily deposits wiped away easily and quickly with no trace of any grime left behind at all, and the panels looked the cleanest and freshest they’ve ever been. A brilliant (and easily done) result, considering that tar spots are a major pain for those of us who like to keep our car looking its best!

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Note: As with most TFR products, Race Film Remover does also remove any wax previously applied so remember to re-apply protection to those areas after use.


Product  Nanolex Race Film Remover
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Features  Effectively removes tar, oils, bitumen, rubber, grease, wax and more from paintwork. Leaves no residue behind. Free from aromatic solvents and halogenated hydrocarbons
Prices (UK)  GBP: 750ml: £15.00

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies

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