How do you remove wax from plastic trim?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by tenchuninja, Mar 19, 2002.

  1. tenchuninja

    tenchuninja Guest

    Well, the subject says it all. I have wax residue on the black plastic trim of my ride and can't seem to get it off no matter how hard I try. Any easy way to do this?
  2. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    May 5, 2000
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    First things first. Take the wax you have been using and throw it in the garbage. There is no reason to use a wax that hazes plastic. If you will look at the product list, there are a number of waxes listed that will not dry white or haze plastic.

    Now on to removing it. Try using warmed up peanut butter, yes, warm peanut butter and a toothbrush. The oils in the peanut butter will remove the wax residue without harming the paint or the plastic.

    Yes, I am absolutely serious.
  3. tenchuninja

    tenchuninja Guest

    cool! by the way, the dealership waxed my car before i bought it (used). grrrr.

    now, chunky style or smooth? :big grin:
  4. ri0t41

    ri0t41 Pants off Dance off

    Oct 18, 2001
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    I also read this on VWVortex but wasn't sure of the validity or if it actually worked. My Passat has a large piece of plastic paneling down the side.. time to get to work tomorrow.

  5. kpxgq

    kpxgq Guest

  6. Argyle

    Argyle Guest

    how did the peanut butter work guys??? i got the same thing and was thinking of doing this
  7. Jackhole

    Jackhole Active Member

    Dec 23, 2001
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    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Just to let you guys know, we tried the peanut butter on my friend's Contour that had dried Turtle Wax on the plastic mirrors, worked beautiful! :bigthumb:
  8. bmf

    bmf Guest

    The vegetable oils in the PB react with the wax residue, breaking it up.

    It's not 100% foolproof but it works amazingly well.

    I got some polish in some plastic trim using a buffer which grinded the product into the trim pretty well. PB worked OK but to get it all out I needed to use a pretty strong cleaner and a stiff brush. Even then it took several applications.

    So be patient and keep applying PB. It'll come out eventually.
  9. Argyle

    Argyle Guest

    so i gave my car the peanut butter treatment and i must say, i am very impressed. me and my dad have tried a million and 1 things to try and get wax off of the plastic moldings or atleast cover it up but nothing seemed to work. PB got rid of the wax spots with just a couple of simple strokes of a toothbrush. barely any elbow grease required. i'm glad i did it. Thanx Scottwax :bigthumb:

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