I know there is a way to do it, but I can't seem to remember, how to get wax off the black molding. I tried Peanut butter, and no luck (old fashioned kind) and I heard that mineral spirits works, but is there anything less abrasive?
Simple Green? There was also this other stuff that I used years ago, it came in a clear bottle and the liquid inside was clear, that worked real well. I'll have to look in the garage and see if I have any left.....<P>
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by V70SAM:<BR><B>I know there is a way to do it, but I can't seem to remember, how to get wax off the black molding. I tried Peanut butter, and no luck (old fashioned kind) and I heard that mineral spirits works, but is there anything less abrasive?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>You can try a product in auto stores like Mothers Back to Black... or Tutle Wax's Trim REstore. my advice for the first try is to get dawn and a soft tooth bush. scrub the area and rinse.. see if it comes off. if its new, it should.. if not.. then you might just need to use a trim restorer... i've gotten a lot of leftover wax on trim over the years... i usually apply the trim restorer once a month its not much, and it makes the car look great to have a REFRESHED black look to it. cuz no matter what..the trim gets dry.. so might as well make it look good if you are "DETAILING" your car and it gets rid of your wax appearing on the trim for a little while
Black crome has always worked well for me, I mean really well. I never have any wax left after that stuff. If I do I use simple green or some dawn soap and water with a tooth brush and scrub it out, then the black back. If its really bad, and its an older car, and you want to do this, they do also make dyes that will redye the bumper. I would say this has to be a last resort, as there are so many other better ways. forever black, black back, and black crome are all good though, the last one easily available in all stores, so try this. In the future, if you want to try some stuff to keep wax of the bumpers, I use the foam applicators and try to be really careful. I sometimes will tape the bumper off with painters masking tape, but only when Im trying to do a super job and have lots of time. Also applying the black crome before you remove the wax can be a good thing, it was recomended to me.
Guys,<P>don't spend any money on any gimmicks. Here, at work, we have tried a lot of things; we spent anywhere from a couple of bucks to $20 with various results. The best (and most economical way) is to get a pretty hard paint brush (make sure it is hardened) and when you get those white streaks on those vinyl moldings, you just rub those spots pretty hard. You will notice that 80% to 90% of the white wax residue is gone, by now. Then take some kind of bumper or vinyl dressing and apply it with a rag. The best dressing we found was from STONER. Your moldings/bumpers will look as good as new, you will not spend a fortune and it only takes a couple of minutes with minimal effort!<P>Yannis<P>
This may sound strange, but I use the tire black that I use on my tires to make the grey plastic trim look great on my 850. Any wax residue seems to get covered up or kind of dissolves away. I wipe it dry and it gives it back the new look. I use it on the door handles, side lateral line moulding (well, thats what I call it) and the front and rear bumper covers sinse they are the same shade of that gray plastic. I also noticed the sun fading has stopped since I do this (door handles are faded the worst). It takes two minuits and twice a month is enough.
I just ran to my car and used spearzy's method. It takes much longfer than two minutes to do the plastic, but it doesa work very nicely. It looks great right now, we'll see how it looks after a few days, but it should stay fairly nice. Anything that doesn't come off, jsut scrub harder and apply a little more tire black.
I just used an old toothbrush to get the wax "overwipe" off of my side-and-front moldings, and they look as good as new. Maybe it won't be this easy to keep those trim pieces looking good as the car ages, but FYI, those gray pieces that surround the car at about knee-level look fine (and as good as new) without any trim "dressings". I didn't have to scrub hard, just <I>methodically</I> (for a long time, first clockwise, then counterclockwise, etc.) on all the wax spots, and they came off completely.
Arghhhh! They came back! It's absolutely freakish... The wax came off completely when I used the brush mentioned above a week ago. I'm usually pretty obsessive about having a clean, well-kept car, so trust me, when I say those over-wipe marks came off completely that first time, I MEAN it! They were <I>pristine</I>.<p>Those trim pieces looked great for about a week, then it rained the last 2-3 days. The over-wipe marks magically re-appeared. I got out my nail-brush (bigger than a toothbrush, with stiff bristles, about the size of half a candy bar, you know) and worked on the knee-level trim pieces. It appears to have worked. But now I'm wondering if those marks are going to come back every time it rains? I dunno. Anybody else ever encounter this?<BR><BR>
[Modified by Lisa62, 2:02 PM 9-21-2002]
Thank you, Yannis! Much appreciated, as always. I dunno...I'm still a low-tech at heart when it comes to the use of "products" on my car. I think I'm going to wait until after the next rain and see if those marks re-appear. If they come back again, then I'll try using something. <p>I'm not sure why, but I have an issue with applying <I>something</I>, <B><I>anything</I></B> , to those trim pieces, probably because they're a very visible part on the exterior of my car, you know? I worry about the plastic aging too quickly, or perhaps altering it's existing properties (like, say, inherent UV protection?). That's the same reason I don't put armor all on my tires, and the same reason I don't apply anything to my dash. I'm wary of future damage to my car's "parts", especially if I'm applying something just for aesthetics! Thanks, either way. Your brush suggestion DID work, nonetheless...twice. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmilep.gif" BORDER="0">
Hey Lisa, don't worry about using "products" for your dash or trim, they won't hurt the trim at all... I've been using armor all for my dash for over 4 years, and people only tell me my car doesn't seem like 7 years old <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>as for the trim, I think maybe you brushed the wax away, but didn't blow it off the trim right after, so when it rains it kinda melts back into the trim? Try peanut butter btw... worked like magic for me!
Thanks, Folks! No, hasn't rained yet, and like I said, I'm hoping for the "best possible outcome", which is to NOT have to apply ANYTHING. (You know, if they don't magically re-appear after the next rain, I won't have to do anything.) But we shall see... If they come back, you can rest assured I will try out some/all of your suggestions, so thanks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">