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Old 06-04-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
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wax marks on plastic parts

waxed the jeep last week. 2010 unlimited. Thought I was doing well with not getting wax on the plastic parts. Fenders, windshield bumpers, tail light box and door handles. Well I did not do as good of a job as I thought.

Now, the plastic looks like crap where the wax touched it. Any Product out there that can clean this up. I don't want to paint the whole. thing. Not the most patient guy and not good on the prep work for painting.

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:21 PM   #2
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I've always used a degreaser (such as greased lightning or simple green) to get that white haze off...just takes a little work

If you havent already, you should try out Turtle Wax - ICE as a wax next time...it doesnt haze on plastic parts so its awesome for simple wax jobs

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adams all purpose cleaner and VRT dressing
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:02 PM   #4
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Thanks, will try simple green first I think I have some in the house.
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Thanks, will try simple green first I think I have some in the house.
Cleaners like Simple Green will work, but they will also remove the wax you put on in the first place and is kind of tough on the paint itself. If the wax is already dry, try just using a medium head toothbrush and the wax should flake away. If it's too stubborn, use peanut butter and then rewash that area. If you are using a dedicated car shampoo, your wax on the paint will be just fine.

In the future if you want to quickly wax without worries, pick up a roll of blue painter's tape and cover the trim area. That tiny bit of prep time will double your speed around the sensitive areas.
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^^is that teenwolf i see..lol...

i think he is refering to the plastic non-painted fenders and such...

and the peanut oil myth is just that,,the residue will show again in due time...

if u want it off safely,,pressure wash at 3000 psi.
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:28 PM   #7
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^^is that teenwolf i see..lol...

i think he is refering to the plastic non-painted fenders and such...

and the peanut oil myth is just that,,the residue will show again in due time...

if u want it off safely,,pressure wash at 3000 psi.
Is this Stiles, my well-intentioned but misguided friend?

Yeah, I responded minus brain... I combined wax between panels (toothbrush) with plastic parts (PB). I haven't truly "detailed" in many moons, so I mixed up urban lore with fact.

You can mix up an all purpose cleaner from Meguiar's (or something similar) but cut it 1:2 or 1:3. I don't know how I used to be able to keep all that in line (plastic was 1:?, paint was 1:?, wheelwells were 1:2, trim was 1:?...) I must have had more time in the past
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In the future if you want to quickly wax without worries, pick up a roll of blue painter's tape and cover the trim area. That tiny bit of prep time will double your speed around the sensitive areas.
This.

Another method is to use a plastic protectant (i.e., Mother's Back to Black or Poorboy's Trim Restorer) on the trim first, then wax, then re-do the trim protectant.

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