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Old 10-16-2001, 11:57 AM   #1
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Hi Y'all,

I did a stupid thing when I waxed my WRX. I got quite a bit of wax on some of the black plastic parts including the moulding along the bottom of the car under the doors. As you know the wax has turned white.

How can I remove it? Without damaging anything...

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Old 10-16-2001, 12:13 PM   #2
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Q-Tip / Toothpick perhaps?
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Old 10-16-2001, 12:15 PM   #3
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Maybe a toothbrush, but this is larger area...Yes I know...
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Old 10-16-2001, 12:29 PM   #4
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just wrap something small with a terry cloth.
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Old 10-16-2001, 02:12 PM   #5
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Try using a boars hair brush. Its soft and wont scratch at all.
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Old 10-16-2001, 02:18 PM   #6
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Is a boards head brush I will find in a normal auto parts store? If not where would you recomend getting one?

Thanks, Michael
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Old 10-16-2001, 03:10 PM   #7
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i dont think you should use a toothbrush b/c if your not careful you will scratch the paint on your car

a q-tip or a toothpick with tissue paper wrapped around it should be fine

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Old 10-16-2001, 04:23 PM   #8
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tooth brush and dish washing soap..... I wouldnt get the soap on the car's paint just because it will strip the wax off.
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Old 10-16-2001, 07:46 PM   #9
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[quote]Originally posted by mfaoro [b]

I did a stupid thing when I waxed my WRX. I got quite a bit of wax on some of the black plastic parts including the moulding along the bottom of the car under the doors. As you know the wax has turned white. How can I remove it? Without damaging anything...

Any creamy peanut butter will do it.
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Old 10-16-2001, 07:50 PM   #10
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Come again...the toxicity of the PB eats the wax?
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Old 10-16-2001, 07:56 PM   #11
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Old 10-16-2001, 07:58 PM   #12
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Come again...the toxicity of the PB eats the wax?
Toxicity? Where'd that come from? Look, mfaoro, what are the chances that this is going to hurt your WRX? Damn it, I'm going downstairs to watch "Law & Order in one minute. While I'm gone, try the damned peanut butter and post the results, eh?

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Old 10-16-2001, 08:04 PM   #13
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Just a stupid question here.. What kind of wax are you using? I detail cars in my spare time, and command quite a hefty premium to do so.. and the wax I use doesn't do that.. Try some 3M Show Car paste wax.. I've won a few concourse shows with that stuff, I swear by it.. Hell, I put it on the black plastic on my car.
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Old 10-16-2001, 08:15 PM   #14
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Well to tell you the the truth, it looked really good at the beginning. It was Meguires Gold Class Clear Coat Paste. I understood Meguires to be pretty decent wax...

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Old 10-16-2001, 08:21 PM   #15
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Lightbulb Well...

not for nothing, here, but a friend of mine gave me this product called "Back To Black." Not sure who makes it, but that's the name, and I am sure any auto-parts store carries it.

Once you apply this, with terry-cloth, or even a t-shirt, to the "BLACK" part of where the wax has dried, it will dissolve all the wax, and turn it --exactly -- "back to black."

I live by the stuff now, and NEVER worry about getting wax on the black plastic parts of the car...you can even use it on the wiper arms, and the roof-racks on the wagons. It works like a charm!

Thanks, and happy shopping.

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Old 10-16-2001, 08:29 PM   #16
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Yes.. Back To Black is good stuff, check that out. Meguiars makes a good wax, but it's not the best. I have some of that same wax on the shelf in my garage, and it stays right there.. on the shelf. I hadn't used or even heard of this 3M stuff untill the owner of a body shop here in town suggested it. At the time, the only place I could find it was there.. Now I can get it at Pep Boys for like, $13 or so..
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Old 10-19-2001, 12:03 AM   #17
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I think Mequiar's makes a product specifically for removing wax from plastic.

Tip: before waxing, apply plastic/vinyl protectant to the plastic surfaces. If you get wax on them, it wipes off easily.
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Old 10-19-2001, 01:52 AM   #18
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I've been using the Zaino so that I don't get white stuff on the black trim

As for getting it off, I've heard that mixing a solution of dishwashing soap and water will help get rid of the wax...

Some people have said rubbing alcohol will also break down wax, but I am not sure I'd try that on the black trim without testing an inconspicuous spot first...
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Old 10-19-2001, 02:11 AM   #19
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I am going to try the dishwashing liquis solution and if that doesnt work I am going to try 'back to black'...
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Old 10-19-2001, 04:29 AM   #20
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I use Zaino also, and they recommend using Dawn dishwashing detergent to remove all the wax from your car before using their products. I believe it has something to do with the alkalinity. And if you use Zaino, you can use it all over the car, including decals, black plastic textured trim, and even your rims.
In the past, I've used one of those black-restore products on the "dash" of my Harley(black, sandpaper grained applique), and it worked extremely well. Just beware of those "bumper black" products, that use dyesto restore the bumper to it's original color.
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Old 10-19-2001, 04:55 AM   #21
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Yea you heard me heat it up get a cotton rag and wipe it off thats all thier is to it ..........have fun


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Old 10-19-2001, 10:21 AM   #22
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Waxes that turn white actually have clay in the forumla. Many liquid waxes are of this type. But not all liquids have clay. For example, 3M Imperial Hand Glaze. Many paste waxes do not have clay, and so would dry clear. For example, Griot's Carnauba Paste Wax. When I get white on black, I use a lilttle water and a cotton cloth and if that doesn't work, a little goo gone or CitraSolv. But don't use the citrus stuff on rubber, just the hard plastic parts.
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Old 10-19-2001, 05:19 PM   #23
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My favorite way of removing wax is to look on the labels of various car cleaning products. The ones that say something about being careful when using becuase they break up wax work really well. Wish I still had the bottle downstairs, but I don't so go to the store and start reading labels.
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Old 10-20-2001, 10:15 AM   #24
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Peanut butter - spread it on with a paper towel, let it sit, wipe it off. I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised that one would be advised to drive off to the auto supply store(s) in the hopes of finding a dye that "might" cover up this "wax" (until, of course, it wears to the point that more of this miracle product is needed) in preference to a product everyone has at home which will simply remove the mess in the first place. Great!
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Old 10-26-2001, 09:55 PM   #25
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go to an art supply store and get some filbert brushes, they work great
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