How to Get Dried Wax Off Black Trim on a Car

Written by c.l. rease
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Protecting the paint of your vehicle with wax ensures its glossy finish does not dull with exposure to the elements. If allowed to dry, the wax that protects your vehicle will stain and discolour the porous black plastic trim accenting the paint. The dried wax looks unsightly and seems impossible to remove by washing the vehicle or using regular cleaning agents.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Blue painter's masking tape
  • Adhesive remover
  • Tooth brush
  • Towel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Align one side of a piece of blue painter's masking tape with the area where one side of the black plastic trim meets the painted body of the vehicle. Press the tape firmly to the painted surface. Repeat the process on the other side of the trim.

  2. 2

    Apply adhesive remover to the trim. Scrub across the wet adhesive remover with a toothbrush.

  3. 3

    Wipe the adhesive remover from the trim with a towel. Allow the adhesive remover to dry for 30 to 45 minutes.

  4. 4

    Inspect the length of the trim for remaining dried wax.

  5. 5

    Coat the trim with additional adhesive remover. Allow the adhesive remover to sit on the trim for five to 10 minutes. Scrub the adhesive vigorously with the tooth brush. Remove the adhesive remover from the trim with the towel. Repeat the process until no wax remains on the trim.

  6. 6

    Remove the painter's tape when the black plastic trim is wax-free.

Tips and warnings

  • Coat the cleaned black plastic trim with a trim sealant to restore and protect its finish.

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