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    Best way to remove wax haze on black plastic trim piece?

    Hi im having a hard time wiping out wax haze on black plastic trims, is there any tip or trick to wipe it clean?
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    Usually a spritz of water will allow it to be buffed off and haze removed. A little Ammonia mixed in some soapy water will also cut wax. I'd go sparingly on the ammonia considering the more fragile state of these newer low voc plastics. Im sure there are other products that can work as well, but often a rewetting and repolish is all you need.

    Treating your black trim before applying wax to the paint is one way to reduce this or make it easier to remove. Of course the best is to refine your technique around the edges and avoid contact with it. A small soft natural bristled paint brush and more preferrably a stipling brush is kept in my wash kit for dusting off extra residue left behind around badges and edges. With some product, that's all it takes. Others may need rewetting or use of a cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CiaoAbarth View Post
    Hi im having a hard time wiping out wax haze on black plastic trims, is there any tip or trick to wipe it clean?
    avoid getting it on there in the first place

    anyways... some have said that peanut butter will take it off, but i cannot vouch for that method. I have used Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) successfully on other cars but I am unsure of how it will do on the 500 trim material. Either way you will probably need to scrub for a little while since it really is a huge PITA to get wax off of trim.

    Give us an update if you can with what you used and the result. Always looking to add to my detailing knowledge

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    I agree with streetsurfer, water will do it, though it is a bit harder on the textured bits like the mirror bases. Then again it might depend on the product, I use the cheap Turtle Wax paste so that might not stick as well as better products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CiaoAbarth View Post
    Hi im having a hard time wiping out wax haze on black plastic trims, is there any tip or trick to wipe it clean?
    Because of the problem using waxes that leave behind a haze/residue I use Turtle Wax Ice. It sprays clear on paint and plastic and leaves no white haze/residue. The UV protectant has been great in the super hot Arizona sun. Don't need a detail brush.
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    Can someone explain to me how using water to remove a hydrophobic product, like wax, will work? I am sure we all have washed our cars hundreds of times in our lives and I do not think I have ever been able to remove wax residue on trim with just water. Not trying to be rude but logically it does not make sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pr0d1gy9 View Post
    Can someone explain to me how using water to remove a hydrophobic product, like wax, will work? I am sure we all have washed our cars hundreds of times in our lives and I do not think I have ever been able to remove wax residue on trim with just water. Not trying to be rude but logically it does not make sense to me.
    My best guess is that the trim is either plastic or rubber and the wax doesn't stick as well. The water is merely a lubricant to make it easier to rub, not to dissolve.
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    I always used quick detailer and a toothbrush on any texture black plastic trim to get rid of any accidental wax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ophidia31 View Post
    I always used quick detailer and a toothbrush on any texture black plastic trim to get rid of any accidental wax.
    I will have to give this a shot at some point.

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    Dried up wax on black plastic will remove with rubbing a pink eraser on it, seriously. Once done, maybe take some quick detailer to restore the base finish back and then rub some Mother's Back to Black on there as well as the entire area to make it look new once again.
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