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Old 05-26-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Accidentally got wax on black plastic trim

When I hand waxed the car with turtle wax, I accidentally got some on the black plastic that goes around the side mirrors and the trim that goes around the bottom of the car. It isn't noticeable at all when you're waxing, but once it dries, it leaves a white haze. I've been trying to rub it off with a microfiber rag and water but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Any advice?


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Old 05-26-2013, 07:46 PM   #2
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Peanut butter. Smooth some over/rub into the white areas and let it sit for a several minutes, then come back and wipe it off. It should remove the wax residue permanently.
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Stoners solution trim cleaner...

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Big red eraser. Seriously.
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Thanks for the replies! Im gonna try the eraser first, and if that doesn't do it, i'll give the peanut butter a try.
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I have not tried the big red eraser, but I have seen that in several post. Being a newer car the eraser might work fine. But for older more weathered/porous trim pieces peanut butter is the answer. I am not familiar with the Stoners solution, I have tried silicone solutions like the Back to Black, but found them to be temporary at best. A good idea is to get rid of the residue first, but on your next application use something like Back to Black or Armour All on your black trim before you wax. That way your trim pieces will not be ready to absorb the wax so readily and the wax will usually wipe off and not leave the dreaded white residue to begin with, or you will have to use some sort of masking tape.
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I usually go back over the trim edges with a dry toothbrush and some interior detailer rubbed on on the bristles so it isn't sopping, after waxing. Then some rubber/plastic dressing. Just a quick brush brush lightly. Has even worked for me a few days later. This worked effectively even on my old 81 cherokee that never saw a garage in the 10 years I owned it. When I finally sold it the rubber and trim was still pliable and black. So I do that now on the foci. Also- mink oil on rubber window seals worked real well.

If you don't have interior detailer- some of your car soap mixed with water in a little bottle should work too.

On a side note- since we bought the foci I started using meguiars ultimate wax- THE BEST OTC I've used yet. No harm, no haze on trims, and super easy to work with. It actually made my plastic look nicer- but I'm not sure of the long term effects of that...
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I've used a product called Krud Kutter. I found it at my local hardware store. It should be at the home centers also. Not only does it work on the wax residue, it does a great job on the engine bay also. I spray it all over the bay ( except cone filter and electrical ) let it sit for about 5 minutes and give it a light hosing. It cuts right threw the grease and wax.
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use meguiars nxt tech wax 2.0 i put that shit on my plastic mirrors and trim and all and all it does is darken and condition the black parts with no white residue. my buddy just got me on to that when we did my car a few weeks ago. im converted
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