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Old 11-15-2007, 03:11 PM
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^^lol, no it's not the after shave lotion! Here is a link to a site that has it, you may even find it in home depot in the painters section.

https://www.superkleendirect.com/ind...nfID=49&Page=1
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:53 PM
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OMG gasoline works well too
I'd be careful with some of these ideas back to black and keep the wax away in the future.
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:21 PM
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Which Meguires product? I use the Natural Shine stuff and it covers up like Armor All, but is not permanent.

They have a Gold Class product as well. Never used that one.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:36 PM
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Did that to my old car and it's a huge pain in the *** to fix. Tried everything but nothing worked, I hope for your sake one of these suggestions work
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:19 AM
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a pencil eraser will work
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:50 AM
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GR-40

http://www.topoftheline.com/trim-cleaner.html

Everything you need to know will be on autopia.org car detailing forums
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:41 PM
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I just got around to trying the Groits garage stuff. It didn't do a damn thing.

Next up is Afta and scrubbing bubbles. All the black areas look terrible, like the car is 20 years old. If nothing work, I guess I'll have to get them repainted. I really hope one of these suggestions works...
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:58 PM
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use the Dow scrubbing bubbles first ,It`ll work. $2.99 aerosol can.And no more poking fun at the car. jk
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Old 03-09-2008, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by jusanb View Post
use the Dow scrubbing bubbles first ,It`ll work. $2.99 aerosol can.And no more poking fun at the car. jk
Ok. You sound convinced, I believe you. I'll pick up a can this week and hit it next weekend- you may end up being my hero for this.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:55 PM
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Great stuff. You can get it over at ADS for cheaper than the meguiars website. plus they have a whole bunch of other cool stuff that youll wind up buying lol.

But seriously megs 39 is just about the strongest vinyl/rubber/plastic cleaner thats formulated specifically for cars. Id be wary about some of the other suggestions listed since they might ruin what your trying to clean...except the peanut butter...that sounds delicious
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:29 PM
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DO NOT TRY ANY HARSH CLEANERS. They will strip the protection and dry out the surface. When i detail cars with previous wax/sealant residues on the plastic black moldings, i usually go for a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Only a little wetness will do, do not make the whole eraser/sponge damp. Lightly rub against the surface until the residue disappears.

Mr Clean's magic eraser is available off the counter at most grocery stores.

When I do full details I usually whip out the Klasse All-In-One while i'm going through the paint prepping stage. It's for paint but it works well on moldings too. Not available off counter and it's a little pricey for some.
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:40 PM
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In the future, whenever you polish or wax your car, it is a good idea to take blue painters tape and cover the plastics and rubbers all around the car. it may take an extra 20 mins but the time taken here will save you having to go around after trying to remove wax from areas where it shouldnt have gotten into in the first place. I even go so far as to tape over emblems and seams to prevent wax from getting into the cracks. newspaper over the windows is also a good idea

I hope this gives you a good idea of what i'm talking about and good luck in the future.



oh and PS: If a product is specifically formulated for use for automotive use, then it will not be harsh enough to do damage as long as you use a trusted brand. Like i said in my previous post, megs 39 is pretty much one of the strongest cleaners out there and its perfectly safe for your black plastic. You may also want to try Meguiars APC+. its also on ADS.
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:45 PM
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doesn't dawn dishwashing liquid remove wax?
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:57 PM
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doesn't dawn dishwashing liquid remove wax?
Dawn cuts grease. however dawn dries everything out. the only reason you should use dawn on your car would be to wash it with it before you clay..as the dawn would make the above surface contaminates easier to remove. then polish to remove below surface contaminates such as scratches and/or water spots. Then finally a wax to recondition and protect the paint. you should also dress rubbers and plastic after using dawn so they dont dry out and discolor. megs #40 is great for that or even black wow from showcardetailing.com
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:30 PM
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Good advice. Thanks! I have a magic eraser around here somewhere, I may give that a shot this afternoon since it's (finally) warm out here in MD.

I was a super dumbass. When I first bought the car I INTENTIONALLY waxed the black area. I did this on my old car every time and never had a problem. I guess this plastic is just different. Anyway, I have a lot of work ahead of me but I'm anxious to make the car look good again.
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:27 PM
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WELL I'LL BE DAMNED!

The Magic Eraser worked like, errr, MAGIC! Great advice guys! I was on reading this thread an hour ago, went to reach for my magic eraser and was a bit skeptical. PLenty of rubbing seemed to remove the wax but left a white residue. I used a wet paper towel to get the residue/cleaner off then a dry paper towel to dry it. The molding looks like new again!!!!! I can't believe it worked. All this time the car has looked awful, and that simple fix took less than an hour. I could probably stand to be a bit more detailed with it and hit each section again, but it looks soooooooooo much better than it did before.

What an awesome tip! I'm so much happier now. First the dealership fixes my headlights, than I get the wax off the plastic. Next week they are fixing my squeaky seatbelt. So much done in one week. The next thing I have to do is use some goo-gone on the old adhesive where the previous wheel weights used to be. I wish the tire guys would have cleaned that off.

Thanks everyone!!!!!
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:51 PM
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Now that you have it clean, use the Turtle Wax Ice and you won't have to worry about that problem any more. And you certainly won't have to go the trouble that joebenz mentioned above. I think if I had to do that every time I wanted to wax my car it probably would never get done. And BTW, the Ice does a decent job to boot!



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Old 03-15-2008, 05:14 PM
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Wow. Your car looks great! I also have VR with the OEM spoiler and B/R interior. I had strakes but I took them off- I'm considering putting them back on after seeing your pic. I don't have the appearance package though.

Can I use the Turtle Wax ICE on the black plastic. As in, SHOULD I do that, or does it just not matter if it gets on?
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:20 PM
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I believe the instructions actually say to use it on the black surfaces. The products especially designed for that purpose may give a deeper black result, but using the Ice on them still looks pretty good.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:26 PM
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Well, I used the ICE yesterday. Got into a fight with my girlfriend, not so much a fight really, just her being mad at me. So I got a chance to work on the car. I was rather prolific! Not only did I use the awesome Magic Eraser, but I washed it and waxed it with the Turtle Wax ICE. You're right, the instructions say to use it on the black molding, so that's what I did.

The black molding looks VERY good, actually better than any of the "black magic" products I used. I say better because to me I want it to look like new, not shiny and fake.

As far as the wax goes, not leaving any white residue is AWESOME. I found it very easy to apply and remove which is a big plus. The car came out very shiny with no streaks. The metallic comes through the red really well. I would give it an 8 (on a 1-10) scale. It only loses points because I don't think it really gives the paint the "depth" of a carnuba wax or others that I used. It's shiny and has a wet look, but it just lacks a certain depth. However, I doubt I'll use anything else for quite a while. It just as so many pluses and I don't need to worry about the molding.

Thanks for the tip, I would highly recommend this wax to anyone else as well! In the course of just a few days with a lot of help from you guys my car looks better than when it was new!!!

Thanks All!
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:35 PM
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I agree that ICE might not give the absolute deepest shine, but for an everyday wax that's easy to apply and remove with next to no cleanup of residue, it's pretty darn good. I also have pinstriping on my '8 and the cleanup of residue around that is a real pain. I could never seem to get it all. Now, I don't have to worry. ICE is nice!

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:32 PM
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Used Ice twice. Agree that is was pretty good. But on black it just did not cut it. Back to the carnuba. I don't paint or worry about the plastic anymore - I just slow down when I am near it and keep the wax off. Pretty simple and takes 0 extra time. Happy buffing...
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:08 AM
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I actually used black magic and it worked to get it off..
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:47 PM
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Vegetable oil. the oil makes the wax surface then just wipe off
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