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So a couple weeks ago I clayed and polished the car, but i accidentally got some on the black plastic cladding near the wheels. I thought I was doing a good job at avoiding the black plastic but turns out I wasn’t at all :(. Are there any products or anything that can remove the polish from the black plastic or is it going to permanently like that? I was using the turtle wax hybrid polish if that helps. Here’s a pic so you can see what i’m talking about:
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So a couple weeks ago I clayed and polished the car, but i accidentally got some on the black plastic cladding near the wheels. I thought I was doing a good job at avoiding the black plastic but turns out I wasn’t at all :(. Are there any products or anything that can remove the polish from the black plastic or is it going to permanently like that? I was using the turtle wax hybrid polish if that helps. Here’s a pic so you can see what i’m talking about: View attachment 144335
Try gently rubbing the white areas with a white pencil erasure. Or use a Mr. Clean Magic Erasure. Also Chemical Guys make a spray called Trim Clean that works well but is pricey. I use blue painter's masking tape to cover the edges of the black trim when claying/polishing/waxing. It's less work and faster than having to clean it afterwards.
 

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Try gently rubbing the white areas with a white pencil erasure. Or use a Mr. Clean Magic Erasure. Also Chemical Guys make a spray called Trim Clean that works well but is pricey. I use blue painter's masking tape to cover the edges of the black trim when claying/polishing/waxing. It's less work and faster than having to clean it afterwards.
I tried the eraser on a tiny test spot and it worked! I'll do the rest soon. I thought I was able to not let any polish get on the black plastic but I was wrong!
For dull plastic jeep fenders or when some paste wax whitens them this product might help you
I heard that these only last about a month or so. I'm trying to avoid this option because the plastic that's coated with this won't look normal. Most of the time these are pretty shiny and oily. Plus this stuff will only built on top of the wax.
I've heard that peanut butter works well. I guess the oils from it works wonders.
I will try this soon. Peanut butter works wonders on the most random things!
 

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Same thing happened to me the other day. Magic eraser and alcohol/water mix in a spray bottle took it off.
Will alcohol dry out the black plastic? I was thinking about trying rubbing alcohol and water but I was worried it would fade the plastic.
 

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I tried the peanut butter on a test spot and it works! Has anyone else tried using peanut butter on their black plastic? I read that it has to be reapplied every couple months, but I’m looking for a permanent solution. Did I permanently ruin the plastic by getting wax on it?
 

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I tried the peanut butter on a test spot and it works! Has anyone else tried using peanut butter on their black plastic? I read that it has to be reapplied every couple months, but I’m looking for a permanent solution. Did I permanently ruin the plastic by getting wax on it?
Never tried PB on my vehicles but make sure you wash it off good as attracting mice ain't cool
 

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I tried the peanut butter on a test spot and it works! Has anyone else tried using peanut butter on their black plastic? I read that it has to be reapplied every couple months, but I’m looking for a permanent solution. Did I permanently ruin the plastic by getting wax on it?
I have, and with strawberry preserves, it's delicious. But you're basically covering up the problem and it's only going to hide it until the peanut oil washes off or evaporates. There is some abrasive cleaning going on but it's hard to tell when you've got it out due to the oil hiding what's there. Hence, an erasure sure seems to work best other than masking off the plastic to begin with.

3M Prepsol gets just about everything and anything off. Professional painters use it to get almost impossible to remove silicones off to prevent fisheye. It's pricey, but a body shop might give you some if you ask nicely. A little goes a long way. I've had a gallon for almost 30 years and there's still half of it left and I've painted a few cars along the way. It feels oily so it doesn't depend on a petroleum solvent and won't "dry out" the plastic.
 

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I have, and with strawberry preserves, it's delicious. But you're basically covering up the problem and it's only going to hide it until the peanut oil washes off or evaporates. There is some abrasive cleaning going on but it's hard to tell when you've got it out due to the oil hiding what's there. Hence, an erasure sure seems to work best other than masking off the plastic to begin with.

3M Prepsol gets just about everything and anything off. Professional painters use it to get almost impossible to remove silicones off to prevent fisheye. It's pricey, but a body shop might give you some if you ask nicely. A little goes a long way. I've had a gallon for almost 30 years and there's still half of it left and I've painted a few cars along the way. It feels oily so it doesn't depend on a petroleum solvent and won't "dry out" the plastic.
Fine I'll try again soon with a magic eraser and rubbing alcohol.
 

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Fine I'll try again soon with a magic eraser and rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol is a solvent. It has somewhat of the same effect as peanut butter because it has oil in it to keep the skin from drying out. Just as it will dry out the plastic and the oil will evaporate or wash off. I would stick with the erasure.
 

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Rubbing alcohol is a solvent. It has somewhat of the same effect as peanut butter because it has oil in it to keep the skin from drying out. Just as it will dry out the plastic and the oil will evaporate or wash off. I would stick with the erasure.
Oh I thought you were talking about the magic eraser! I completely forgot about the normal eraser! So will the wax permanently go away with the eraser?
 

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Will alcohol dry out the black plastic? I was thinking about trying rubbing alcohol and water but I was worried it would fade the plastic.
I'd try rubbing alcohol 91%. Try down low first. It should cut it.
 
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