How do i get dried car wax residue out of plastic cladding?

NickSo

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I have a Nissan pathfinder which has plastic fender bulges (or whateer you call them)
Anyways awhile ago i waxed the car, and stupidly wiped it on to various plastic parts of the car (Windshield liner, the cladding), and it wont come out!
How can i get this out, coz its getting ugly.
And also, how can I wash my car and not leave any waterspots?
Thanks
 

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Use a little dishsoap - it should strip wax pretty completely. If not, there are chemicals specifically made for removing wax. Body shops use this kind of stuff because all wax & residue has to be removed prior to any painting, but I don't know any specific brands, because dishsoap should do the trick.

In the future, I would recommend using McGuiar's Hi-Tech Yellow (#26). I prefer liqud, but it also comes in paste. Does not dry white (especially nice if your vehicle is a dark color), and should do a little better at not showing up on plastic parts as much (probably still will somewhat).

No waterspots?

1) NEVER, under ANY circumstances, wash in the sun.

2) CLEAN, 100% cotton terry cloth towels & rags only.

3) Good car wash liquid, such as McGuiar's #00

No I don't work for McGuiar's, I've tried TONS of stuff, and I use and recommend this stuff because it works.
 

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here i am following john again!

although i haven't tried it myself, it's been recommended several time to use smooth peanut butter to get the wax stuff off. guess it's worth a shot...
also, there was a recent thread about car detailing. do a search on "zaino" - it should come up.
 

Andrej Dolenc

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I've heard that peanut butter is supposed to pull out wax from plastic mouldings. I didn't try that (I prefer my peanut butter in my belly
), but I did use a Mars Staedler eraser. It's a fairly soft compound eraser, and just rub away the wax. It takes some elbow grease but it will work.
Andrej
 

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Is there anything you CAN'T use peanut butter for?

**rhetorical question, don't answer that...
 

Ted Lee

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must....not....make.....joke....need....to keep....membership.....

ack.....
 

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