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Cleaning wax off black plastic parts


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#1 OFFLINE   1004ron

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 05:27 PM

From the first time I waxed my Sport I got a fair amount of wax on the matt black plastic parts.

I use a pencil eraser then "Back to Black" and it would only last max a week, I even tried smooth peanut butter and it performed a little better, then this weekend I tried another internet idea, Magic Erasers.

 

 

It took a fair bit of rubbing, and trashed one sponge pad, but the plastic looks as good as new and don't believe I'll need to use creams like "Back to Black".

 

There's one detailing issue that I wonder if you all also encounter - I now carry a microfibre cloth and can of compressed air in the car, which I use every time I get out the car wash to blow the residual water out of the two side mirrors and wipe off what's dripped from them.

If I don't do this, when I stop some time later the sides are covered in water/soap spots.

I've thought of drilling drain holes on the underside of the mirrors, but too scared.

Anyone else find this?


Edited by 1004ron, 07 January 2018 - 05:31 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   roots57

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 11:21 AM

Mirrors dripping long after a wash is pretty common on most vehicles.  One thing I do that helps is I really try and flush all the soap out with the power washer so that its just water that drips.  Drilling vent holes in the bottom may help some but I doubt it would completely eliminate it.  I have used a proper air compressor with a gun nozzle to really blow all the water out which worked pretty well.  Even then the occasional drip happens, just have to wipe it off before it dries, if you can catch it in time.  The air compressor is great for detailing the interior too, it gets all the dust and tiny debris out of the seams really well.


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#3 OFFLINE   bud_d

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:42 AM

I have a product called Wax Remover or similar. It is in a shoe polish type bottle, with a foam applicator on the top. It works great, as it removes the wax from the textured plastic. I forget where I bought it, it was not much $$.

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#4 OFFLINE   David Young

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:12 AM

I use an electric leaf blower I bought from Walmart for $30. This is good enough to blow out the water from the Grille and the mirrors. After blowing the big water off I finish drying with a chamois. Just saying..... :) 


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#5 OFFLINE   Mikula

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 05:46 PM

i've found that if you push the mirrors forward (toward the windshield) it opens up a large cavity.. that is where nearly all the water sits after a wash. It drove me crazy for the first few washes but now that i've found it, no issues since!



#6 OFFLINE   1004ron

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 06:49 PM

i've found that if you push the mirrors forward (toward the windshield) it opens up a large cavity.. that is where nearly all the water sits after a wash. It drove me crazy for the first few washes but now that i've found it, no issues since!

Thanks, I'll give that a try - if I don't used the compressed air can immediately after the drive through wash which includes a towel dry, by the time I get home or the next stop the water spots are all over the side of the car, which of course is so much more noticeable on black.






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