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> Removing wax off plastic trim?, Using household products!
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post Jul 24 2007, 11:28 AM
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As I have noticed MANY topics on how to remove wax off trim, I decided to open a bran new one, PIN it and hopefully, people will see it at first glance!


The 70% Rubbing Alcohol with kitchen sponge with abrasive side method!

This method I tested a few weeks back and it really works! You may alternate the kitchen sponge with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser.

Use the alcohol to drench the sponge. Rub the trim with the abrasive side. (You should start seing the wax come off and spread over) Wipe with the other side of the sponge (non-abrasive side OR use a damp cloth to wipe). Repeat the steps if required. Dress trim with your favorite dressing.

TIP: Don't hit the paint with the sponge!


The Mr Clean Magic Eraser method!

Simple, use water and the eraser and go nuts. You may also use a detergent if it's tougher selants/waxes. Wipe with a damp cloth afterwards.

TIP: Don't hit the paint!


Poorboy's Trim Restorer and a good sponge!(not really a household product but...)

This used to be my own method prior to Alcohol... Same steps as above. The only issue, this is a restorer and will leave wet looking marks over your paint if you get some on. You can take those marks off with a good m/f towel.

This method takes a bit more time as it's a combo product. It dresses and restores trim but does take more elbow grease to obtain the results.


Forever Black is a product that some people have used with mixed emotions. I don't recommend spending the cash for this. Using the household products above and then dress the trim with a good dressing should be cheaper for ya!
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Now, this is a thread on HOW TO REMOVE WAX from trim, not how to dress trim. So basically, Mother B2B doesn't work as it dresses trim only and does not remove wax, this goes for a ton of other dressing also.

I will keep adding to it as I find or test other ways/products.


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post Jul 24 2007, 12:01 PM
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quick question... Will the alcohol actually damage the paint? Or just remove wax from the paint?


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It won't damage paint as it evaporates very fast. The worst it may do is remove the wax that is on there... But that's up to the person that applies to test and take it easy if it drips all over!


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post Aug 6 2007, 12:38 PM
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I just read somewhere that creamy peanut butter will also take it off.


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Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

don't rub it on the paint it is pretty abrasive and will remove the finish (or at least make it dull)

but not abrasive enough to rip up or melt plastic

just enough to remove wax and salt and dirt

trust me. it's perfect for trim. they're cheap and disposable. just use water.


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QUOTE (ewang @ Aug 6 2007, 01:38 PM)
I just read somewhere that creamy peanut butter will also take it off.
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Well, I wouldn't want to use PB when all the options above work! wink.gif


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I tried the alcohol the other night. everything looked black for awhile, but then the white came back!


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Repeat the steps. If you don't pass behind with another damp cloth the wax will stay on.

You can do this with an m/f towel intead of using a sponge.

I know the wax will show afterward as it wasn't taken away with another cloth. I did one pass with a sponge and the other pass with an m/f towel to remove the excess wax.

It works, you just have to do it right! wink.gif


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okay... I used an old toothbrush and then rinsed with water. Your method sounds better. Thanks!


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It's so funny as I'm in a discussion on my detailing site about this!

What happens with alcohol especially in HOT weather is the alc. evaporates quickly and well the wax re-dries back on. You can go over small sections at a time and that should do the trick.

You should have seen the wax come right off but when I didn't remove it quick enough, it would smudge right back on!


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I have found the answer!!! Peanut butter works like a charm!!! I tried the alcohol Bigs, but it didnt work for me!

PEANUT BUTTER!!!! Try it! You won't regret it!!!!


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your car is going to smell like jif.


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