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Old 11-23-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning exterior plastic on a car.

Anyone have any good tips on cleaning the exterior plastic on cars? I have some residue which I think is wax that's on the exterior plastic pieces of my car and would like to clean it off and apply a protectant. Any good suggestions? Is soap and water and a toothbrush the best thing?
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:02 PM   #2
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Look for a product called back to black.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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I always use isopropyl alcohol to remove residue. It's fairly effective for miscellaneous "gunk" (especially sticker residue) and it evaporates quickly. It's safe to use on plastic. Get a spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol (pharmacies usually carry them) and gently wipe with a paper towel after each spray.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:06 PM   #4
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I tried different things, but usually I actually apply a coat of cleaner wax to them and then hand buff it off. Works well enough so far, takes the oxidation off nicely.

Oh wait, you meant the black trimming? Then use something else, usually I use the same Amorall stuff for interior plastic.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:23 PM   #5
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I've also heard good things about Back to Black.

I have this stuff: http://www.detailedimage.com/Einszet...474/100-ml-S1/
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I've also heard good things about Back to Black.

I have this stuff: http://www.detailedimage.com/Einszet...474/100-ml-S1/
That stuff has the best name ever.


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Old 11-24-2011, 09:40 AM   #7
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Does "Back to Black" clean plastic or does it just make it shine?
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:47 AM   #8
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You want a product called Trim Renew .. best item out there. It also works on plastic.

http://www.blkwhtintl.com/automotive...r-a-trim-renew



  • Revitalizes all color exterior trim, bumpers, bumper guards
  • Use on vinyl, rubber, plastic & flat finishes
  • Removes oxidation, dirt, waxy residue and surface film
  • Protects against sun, smog, ozone and water
  • Covers scuffs, marks and light scratches
  • Instantly restores color and sheen
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You want a product called Trim Renew .. best item out there. It also works on plastic.

http://www.blkwhtintl.com/automotive...r-a-trim-renew



  • Revitalizes all color exterior trim, bumpers, bumper guards
  • Use on vinyl, rubber, plastic & flat finishes
  • Removes oxidation, dirt, waxy residue and surface film
  • Protects against sun, smog, ozone and water
  • Covers scuffs, marks and light scratches
  • Instantly restores color and sheen
Ah, that looks perfect man! Thanks.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:25 AM   #10
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When in doubt about these products, ask at any auto body supply shop or any auto body repair shop. They will tell you what they use, what works and what to avoid.
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