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Removing Wax from Black Trim

How do I remove wax from black trim? Inevitably, I always get some on the black trim on my Intrepid and my Jeep, and when it dries it turns white and looks like ass. Any ideas on what product to use to take this crap off?

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You can usually run some armor all over it and it removes it. Body shops have a special solution used to remove wax from rubber. You can find it at body supply shops.
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How do I remove wax from black trim? Inevitably, I always get some on the black trim on my Intrepid and my Jeep, and when it dries it turns white and looks like ass. Any ideas on what product to use to take this crap off?

Thanks!

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I believe you're talking about the white chalkiness that gets into the smallest crevices of your trim, and not when you get wax onto rubber, correct?

Obviously lots of good rubber cleaners/conditioners already out there for any rubber cleaning.

But I know what you mean. I've got some white wax deep into some crevices of my trim, and I don't know how to get it out of there short of digging in there with the tip of a pin, of which will never happen. I've wondered if there is a liquid solution of some type that might clean that out. Only problem would be that you would likely need to re-apply wax to any areas that cleaned.

Somebody must have created a product for this purpose somewhere...

I wonder if you drop an e-mail to someone like this detailing product web site if they might be able to point you in the right direction:

http://www.properautocare.com/index.html

or this one:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/index.jsp

or this one:

http://www.topoftheline.com/index.html

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Just go to Wal Mart or Target and get yourself a cheap medium or soft bristle toothbrush. You can use this around emblems or on plastic, vinyl or rubber trim. If the wax is old dab the toothbrush in some Simple Green it'll take the wax residue right off. Just try not to get it on the paint as will remove the wax from your finish as well. Meguiar's makes a professional vinyl cleaner #39 for this as well...
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microfiber towel and a littel windex, takes that stuff right off with no hard work
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I believe you're talking about the white chalkiness that gets into the smallest crevices of your trim, and not when you get wax onto rubber, correct?
Nope. I appreciate your advice, but I am talking about getting wax on black trim pieces, like the grille inserts on my R/T. I guess you could call them rubber or vinyl, but the fender flares on my CJ also have a white residue left over if I accidentally get wax on them.
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Nope. I appreciate your advice, but I am talking about getting wax on black trim pieces, like the grille inserts on my R/T. I guess you could call them rubber or vinyl, but the fender flares on my CJ also have a white residue left over if I accidentally get wax on them.
Hey MoparHead,

Sorry 'bout that... After I posted that last reply I went back and re-read your post, and figured you WERE talking of rubber/vinyl.

In this case I'll let you know what I use. I too get the wax onto the trim areas as you speak, and in my case will usually turn rubber to a brownish color. My car being very new, I've chosen to use Meguiar's #40 Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner. It works very well, although I had such a buildup on my trim it took three quick applications with just a little rubbing and everything is perfect again (until next polish/wax time). Meguiar's also has the #39 Heavy Duty Vinyl Cleaner. This might be a good choice if your problem is approaching severe status. One word of caution - Don't get this stuff onto your paint, it's an absolute mother to buff off. Here's a link to both products at the Meguiar's site:

http://www.meguiars.com/product_show...cfm?SrcLine=PW

As well, there is TONS of other good rubber and vinyl cleaners available on the other sites I've listed in my previous posts.

Hope this helps...

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Just as Joekd said, a little windex does wonders. If it's in a small tight spot, dip a q-tip or acid brush will get in there.
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Windex huh? I have that same problem with the white junk on the trim pieces. I'll have try that out. I'd be afraid to put ArmorAll on it due to it drying the material and possibly making it look worse...
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Armor All works and makes it shiny, but I dont really like using it that much because it gets on the paint. Of course I would not use it now on my new paint job but if its really bad and getting on your nerves you could take it off and clean it up real good with some laquer thinner. Just a thought.
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