Black Plastic Trim

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  1. Dakman

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    Hey all looking for some advice to get the polish, sealant and wax off of the black trim around the head lights and along the bottom of the car. I cant seem to get it off and even tried covering it up with back to black but it always finds its way back to the surface. Spent the last week (yeah I'm that slow) scrubbing the hell out of the SRT8 from this past winter abuse in prep for trading it in on the hellcat and this is the last detail I need to take care of. Any advice you can throw my way would be greatly appreciated.

    ~Jeff
     
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    This is something I'm curious about too. Sorry I don't have the answer, but will be watching for somebody who does! Also, anybody have advice how to get rid of water spots. I got them off the painted areas, but the ones on the windshield seem indelible for some reason. I used windex, and rubbed and rubbed, and it got the center portion of each spot out, but left the telltale rings, and I mean like hundreds of little rings, all over my windshield in the Hellcat. I used windex like five different times, even letting it soak in, and rubbing till my arms were tired, and those little circular spots are still everywhere, it's infuriating I tell ya'!!!!
     
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    Use a heat gun. Brings the black right back, no need for products that make it "shiny". They actually just dry it out in the long run. Good luck!
     
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    Honda spray works amazing on all surfaces except glass!
     
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    You said Honda sis o_O
     
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    Don't use hard water on your 70 k car use a water softner and rinse with demineralized water problem solved
     
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    Never heard of using a heat gun, do have one sitting on the bench next to the car will have to give this a try, thanks.

    I figured you would have some magical fix Tammie :p is this stuff mostly sold online or can it possibly be found at a some store?
     
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    Anytime. I don't use products on plastics. They tend to speed up the worn out look. A heat gun will bring some of the black polymers back to the surface. There's probably youtube videos on the process.
     
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    Two things you may want to try.

    - IPA solution -- mix distilled water and 70% (or 9x% doesn't really matter) isopropyl alcohol to a ratio that is 15% alcohol. Don't get to hung up on the percentage. Even if you eyeball 1/3 to 2/3 water you will be fine. Spray it on, let it sit a bit and agitate it with a microfiber cloth. It won't hurt your paint but will remove wax on the paint

    - Peanut butter. Get some smooth peanut butter and using your finger or a cloth use the peanut butter like polish. Clean up with the solution above when done.

    One of these will most likely do it.

    I'd seriously consider switching to a product that doesn't leave white residue on the plastic. It's such a hassle to cleanup.
     
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    x2 on the peanut butter.

    "non-whitening on trim" - Amazon.com Meguiar s G18216 Ultimate Liquid Wax - 16 oz. Automotive
     
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    Like I said, I don't use products on plastics. They all seem to age the plastic faster causing the need to revive it. When doing so, the only permanent method I know of is a heat gun. Other products will only improve the look for a short time, then it will look worse.
     
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    Thanks for all the tid-bits everyone, guess its time to peel myself off my couch since its a beautiful day outside to go can try them all.
     
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    I'd be real careful with the heat gun, very easy to overdo & create more problems then you are solving ! Also, seems like it would cause the plastic to dry out & age prematurely.

    Way better to use the p-nut butter or the spray SRT_HC_707 provided a link to.

    When waxing I mask off all the trim on the car with blue tape. Takes a little while, but faster in the long run than trying to be careful not to get wax on the trim & then cleaning up the spots that got nailed anyway. Just don't leave it on for more than 2 days !!
     
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    Yes, it is Honda Spray. Get it at the Honda dealer. It works awesome. Takes burnt rubber off the fender's paint, makes rubber and plastic look amazing. Killer stuff!
     
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