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STIX 10-17-2010 01:21 PM

Detailing Question
So I waxed the WK2 last weekend and I got some wax on the plastic moulding around the wheel wells.... in several places.

I can't seem to get the stuff off. Anyone have any suggestions other than covering it up with shoe polish like the dealers do?

Joe in PA 10-17-2010 01:30 PM

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Get yourself a big "pink" eraser, like back in grade school. That will generally rub the stuff off of plastic trim. Could also try a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Finally, once you get it off, use a good plastic dressing on those pieces so that future cleanups will be easier. Personally, I prefer 303 protectant which not only cleans the plastic and adds a nice mat finish but also provides very good protection from the sun.

Jim Hef 10-17-2010 01:48 PM

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In the past, people have suggested WD40, and even peanut butter to remove the wax residue. You could also pick up some cleaning solvent like Prep-sol that is used to remove waxes prior to auto painting. Just look for a wax & grease solvent. And yes, detail the black plastic first before waxing to prevent this.

Jgolden7704 10-17-2010 09:16 PM

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Basic rubbing alcohol works pretty well and thats what many detailers have told me to use. Invest your money into adams polish. Use their super vrt for all of your trim interior and exterior and even your tires too. the product is more of a gel so there is not a risk of overspray. It really makes the trim stand out and it's waterproof too. I have used all kinds of stuff for detailing and it may be slightly pricey but it is definitely the best.

Kev- 10-17-2010 11:31 PM

Re: Detailing Question is my favorite forum to ask/search detailing questions. I also hope somebody who details as well as those guys will shine up a WK2 for me to look at. :)

cladd 10-18-2010 01:08 PM

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black shoe polish.

Blackwolf 10-18-2010 03:47 PM

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I've been using the new polymer "waxes" (Turtlewax ICE) and have been pretty happy with it. Safe on virtually any surface including glass with no clouding on plastic surfaces. Comes in both a liquid and paste. Easy to put on and much less sensitive to direct sunlight etc.

Not looking to start an argument, I fully realize that traditional waxes are probably better protection in some ways, but, I am much more likely to use the polymer waxes since I can make time to do it much easier. So in my case synthetic wax that I actually use is greater than traditional wax that stays in my garage. Just another option.

ChrisWk 10-18-2010 04:06 PM

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Trade it in , get some zaino wax it does not f up the plastic.


JohnS 10-18-2010 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by ChrisWk (Post 286752)
Trade it in , get some zaino wax it does not f up the plastic.


Zaino's expensive but the best polish I've ever used, by far.

LTrainGC 10-18-2010 05:29 PM

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Invest in some of this too:

Steve52 10-18-2010 06:05 PM

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Well I need some better wax than the old turtle wax I have had in the garage for years. What are people using now. Is Zaino the best and which product of theirs would you recommend? I see one that you just wipe on and no polishing. That would be easier but is it as good as one that drys and you polish off the residue? If I am going to invest in an expensive new polish I want to get something good.

JohnS 10-18-2010 06:38 PM

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I've used pretty much all of the Zaino products over the past 11 years. They're all great, with a long lasting shine.

Here's what I'm using now on my Charger & Camaro.
Car wash: Z-7 Show car wash
Polish: Z-CS Clear Seal
Detailers: Z-6 Ultra Clean Gloss Enhancer Spray & Z-8 Grand Finale Spray Seal
Rubber Treatment: Z-16 Perfect Tire Gloss

The Charger is silver & the Camaro is black. The Zaino products work great on light & dark vehicles.

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