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Old 09-12-2004, 11:50 AM   #1
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Looking for any tips and or products that can remove wax from the black plastic trim pieces (ie side skirts) I've tried a few things and have been unsuccessfull.

Thanks, sorry for the lame post.
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Old 09-12-2004, 12:20 PM   #2
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What have you tried? Denatured alcohol may do the trick. Try it in an inconspicuous place, side skirts are *raw* plastic, much different than some of the other plastics on our cars. Another good way to remove a substance is to read the label and find out what is in it that will give you a clue as to what will remove it.

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Old 09-12-2004, 12:45 PM   #3
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I've tried everything from hot water/soap to a tooth brush with brake cleaner (non-chlorinated). The brake cleaner worked after several "treatments" with no ill effects. I'm guessing there has to be a better/faster way. In I realize the best way to get it off is not to get any on it. I've give the denatured alcohol a shot.

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Old 09-12-2004, 12:55 PM   #4
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I realize the best way to get it off is not to get any on it.
It will eventually wear off. I am not picking on you here as I have done the same thing. It is why I prefer a cream type wax and stay away from sprays and even paste wax (unless well controlled). I apply the wax at a good distance
from the plastic and work carefully when I approach it.
Just thought this was an opportunity to pass on a good tip for waxing.
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Old 09-12-2004, 01:07 PM   #5
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WD-40 worked for me! U can wash it after with soap or not and it should be fine.
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Old 09-12-2004, 01:14 PM   #6
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Ok, seriously, get some spray on vinyl/plastic glosser and a small sponge. Spray a few times on the sponge and clean the outside trim with that. It should take teh white marks right off, and if it doesnt, after a day or 2 you wont even see it anymore. I do this to my sideskirts once a week and they look so much better with a matte gloss to them than they did as plain dry plastic when i brought the car home. They wont be over glossy like tire glaze but they will have some bit of shine to them and it will help protect them from the suns harmful uv rays :-)
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Old 09-12-2004, 01:18 PM   #7
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Mother's Back to Black works great for that type of problem.

I've used it with great results.
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Old 09-12-2004, 01:40 PM   #8
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Mother's Back to Black works great for that type of problem.
I use this as well. I find it merely hides the wax temporarily as a opposed to removing it. Great stuff though.

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It will eventually wear off. I am not picking on you here as I have done the same thing. It is why I prefer a cream type wax and stay away from sprays and even paste wax
I've been using Meguiars Gold Class liquid. I try to be cautious in the application of it. But inevitably I always manage to graze the trim. The WRX isn't to bad for trim, the wifes Frontier however is a pain (door handles, rear bumper and such.) Thank god it not an Avalanche.

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WD-40 worked for me! U can wash it after with soap or not and it should be fine.
I tried WD-40 once a long time ago. Maybe it's time to try it agin.

I appreciate the tips, remarkably no flames.

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Old 09-12-2004, 02:05 PM   #9
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i got my jeep fender flares back to new with a pressure washer. you have to be careful though, it's easy to booger it up!
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Old 09-12-2004, 02:30 PM   #10
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i got my jeep fender flares back to new with a pressure washer. you have to be careful though, it's easy to booger it up!
Yep I tried that too 1700 PSI with a pencil jet. It worked a little not a 100%. I guess there is no easy solution other than persistence and determination. Maybe I can combine the Black to Black, denatured alcohol, WD-40, brake cleaner, and run it through the pressure washer. .

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Old 09-12-2004, 04:13 PM   #11
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Peanut butter works also - not kidding...
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Old 09-12-2004, 04:30 PM   #12
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Peanut butter works also - not kidding...
hey betty crocker, he's trying to fix his trim pieces not make samich!! totally joking with you man, you have to admit it sounds funny.

that's funny though, and i always have to wonder how someone actually comes up with these kinds of home-made solutions. imagine washing your car and saying "hmmm i wonder if peanut butter would take that wax off my black trim"...

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Old 09-12-2004, 04:46 PM   #13
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- I thought this idea was wacky too, but it most certainly works. I used to use it all the time on my Xterra as it had numerous areas with black trim pieces.
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sure sounds funny, yea. Just thinking about some guy sittin on his driveway lookin at his sideskirts thinking "Ive tried everything in the garage, might as well go check the kitchen closet....."
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Old 09-12-2004, 05:40 PM   #15
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Peanut butter works also - not kidding...
Chunky or Smooth??
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Old 09-12-2004, 07:05 PM   #16
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Peanut butter works also - not kidding...
Hes right. Works like a charm. The oils in the peanut butter break down the wax.


I just wanna know who the first person to try this was...
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Old 09-12-2004, 07:11 PM   #17
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Did you try household dish degergent, it breaks down wax pretty well.

whos got a kitchen fix for shoe polish..

i have white bits all over my black trim around the 1/4 windows from scraping off auto-x numbers, its in the paint too

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Old 09-12-2004, 08:40 PM   #18
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What also works really well, especially on textured trim surfaces (not smooth) is your regular pink eraser. No joke. "Erasing" it with it comes right off.
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Old 09-12-2004, 09:05 PM   #19
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Smooth peanut butter does work as do the little "pink pearl" erasers. You can also use Goo Gone or isopropyl (a/k/a rubbing) alcohol but make sure that you go over the parts with a protectant like Back to Black afterward as the alcohols will cause the plastic to whiten over time. Jay: try those on your shoe polish runoff too.

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great on getting ground-in crud out of the textured plastic handles on my fridge and dishwasher; I wonder if it'd work here?
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peanut butter or dry "pink" eraser. you don't need anything else. guaranteed.
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Old 09-13-2004, 02:07 PM   #21
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armor all usually works for me?
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Go to your local paint store and ask for (CLIXS)
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:11 PM   #23
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I've never tried this stuff, but I saw it in the catalog the other day:



Griot's Wax Remover
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Try armor all
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:23 PM   #25
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Peanut butter works also - not kidding...
I think peanut butter also removes gum from fabric.. It's a Wax/Gum remover/cleaner and a samich maker Laterzzzz

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