Help with wax removal on trim!

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  1. Esby

    Esby New Member

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    I just recently detailed my car, and got a bit of wax on some black plastic trim on the underside of the rear bumper. This stuff will not come off - and it is completely ruining the look of the freshly detailed car! I have scrubbed it with water, car wash and water, goo-gone, and goof-off, and nothing has worked. Any recommendations on how to get this off so my trim piece looks good again? The trim piece is black plastic and has a grain to it, and the wax I used was Meguiars Gold Class liquid wax.

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    Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. NightyNight

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    Try a strong dilution of APC, if that doesn't work maybe a trim restoring product.
     
  3. Esby

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    What is APC?
     
  4. Run N. Gun

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    All Purpose Cleaner (APC)
     
  5. Esby

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    Awesome! I'll give it a try. Maybe I am just not scrubbing enough. I have been using a terry cloth towel to scrub it - maybe I'll try a toothbrush and the APC to see if it works. Thanks!
     
  6. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I've been told to microwave peanut butter and work it in with a toothbrush, I might just try it today before I wash my truck.

    Also, get a new wax, you shouldn't be using something that stains plastic/trim.
     
  7. Esby

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    I don't think that it stained it - I think that because of the texture of the trim, the wax dried and I just can't wipe it off. Hopefully the toothbrush and cleaner will work to remove it.

    I have never heard about the peanut butter thing... Maybe that is worth a shot if the other thing doesn't work. Thanks!
     
  8. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I don't exactly mean stain, I mean if it sticks in the trim like that then buy something else, you shouldn't have to deal with such a problem.

    and I just realized I forgot to try the peanut butter thing today, dammit :mad:
     
  9. NightyNight

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    Perhaps the peanut butter thing works because it acts as like a microabrasive?
     
  10. Run N. Gun

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    The problem you're trying to solve is that you have small bits of wax in the dimples of the material, right? You should use something that will reach into those areas and loosen up the wax (i.e. toothbrush, maybe a waffleweave MF towel)? I don't know how deep your texture is on the trim. Do you have a picture?

    Have you tried clay? Maybe a toothbrush and some quick detailer? I dunno, just guessing.
     
  11. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I think it's the oils, if it just needs an abrasive then a good polish would work

    excellent av btw :bowrofl:
     
  12. SoySauciAl

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    wd40? if not, just dye it back to black.
     
  13. NightyNight

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    did it work?
     
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    I had good luck with an oil based dressing. I would just spray some on a terry towel and smear that part of the towel over the plastic trim. I'm not sure if it gets rid of it but I haven't seen once I applied it on.
     

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