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How do you get rid of polish from black plastic?

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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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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.
The local Honda dealer probably has a detail shop there where they wash/clean cars. I would ask the detailers instead of using a product that might damage the trim with long term use. I have used Armor All product in the past, but I didn't take my own advice.
 

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The local Honda dealer probably has a detail shop there where they wash/clean cars. I would ask the detailers instead of using a product that might damage the trim with long term use. I have used Armor All product in the past, but I didn't take my own advice.
But a dealer will most probably try to get your car in and out instead of trying to focus on the details. If they do notice the marks on the black plastic then they'll probably use something like armor all to hide it instead of actually getting rid of the wax.
 

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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?
Our former 1995 Volvo 8950 Turbo had plastic trim. I hate it, but unfortunately my 2021 Pilot has it. In the past, I always applied Armor-All to the trim to cover the white from car polish. Usually, the plastic trim got dull and needed it anyway. I did my best to not get polish on the trim. I used a long plastic painter's paint guide to hold against the plastic trim on the sides of the Volvo when I polished it. For many years I used New Finish polish, not wax. It seemed to last longer than wax I'd used for decades.

At my age now, and with having had rotator cuff surgery several years ago, I don't care to polish cars anymore. When they need it I'll take them to a detailer as I did with my '57 Pontiac a couple of years ago. I hadn't polished my former 2012 Pilot for a few years, yet water still beaded up on it.
 

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Our former 1995 Volvo 8950 Turbo had plastic trim. I hate it, but unfortunately my 2021 Pilot has it. In the past, I always applied Armor-All to the trim to cover the white from car polish. Usually, the plastic trim got dull and needed it anyway. I did my best to not get polish on the trim. I used a long plastic painter's paint guide to hold against the plastic trim on the sides of the Volvo when I polished it. For many years I used New Finish polish, not wax. It seemed to last longer than wax I'd used for decades.

At my age now, and with having had rotator cuff surgery several years ago, I don't care to polish cars anymore. When they need it I'll take them to a detailer as I did with my '57 Pontiac a couple of years ago. I hadn't polished my former 2012 Pilot for a few years, yet water still beaded up on it.

Without pictures.... I'm having difficulty.
 

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Our former 1995 Volvo 8950 Turbo had plastic trim. I hate it, but unfortunately my 2021 Pilot has it. In the past, I always applied Armor-All to the trim to cover the white from car polish. Usually, the plastic trim got dull and needed it anyway. I did my best to not get polish on the trim. I used a long plastic painter's paint guide to hold against the plastic trim on the sides of the Volvo when I polished it. For many years I used New Finish polish, not wax. It seemed to last longer than wax I'd used for decades.

At my age now, and with having had rotator cuff surgery several years ago, I don't care to polish cars anymore. When they need it I'll take them to a detailer as I did with my '57 Pontiac a couple of years ago. I hadn't polished my former 2012 Pilot for a few years, yet water still beaded up on it.
Oh I didn't realize I was saying wax this whole time 🤦‍♂️ . I used turtle wax polish on my car, but it's more like a wax than a polish. It doesn't hide scratches much but it mostly boosts gloss and water beading. I can't believe this flew right over my head😅.
 

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So I finally got around to washing the car, and I’ve got to say, the eraser trick really worked! Here’s a pic of the same spot after erasing: View attachment 144900
Stupid and super lazy question...

Sorry, I spent 4 hours cleaning and organizing my kids bedrooms today.

You used the Vinyl eraser? Where did you buy it?

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Stupid and super lazy question...

Sorry, I spent 4 hours cleaning and organizing my kids bedrooms today.

You used the Vinyl eraser? Where did you buy it?

Thanks
Most anywhere school or office supplies are sold. Office Depot, Staples, school supply section of most grocery stores, Walmart, Target ... and if all that fails, these people will ship it to your house (note "Non Abrasive")
Amazon.com : BAZIC Jumbo Vinyl Eraser (4/Pack), Latex Free, White Large Size Bulk Block Erasers for Art School Office Kids Teachers, Non Abrasive, Whiteout Smudges, 1-Pack : Pencil Erasers : Office Products

Whatever you do, do NOT buy a white erasure from anyone in the cancel culture.
 

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Most anywhere school or office supplies are sold. Office Depot, Staples, school supply section of most grocery stores, Walmart, Target ... and if all that fails, these people will ship it to your house (note "Non Abrasive")
Amazon.com : BAZIC Jumbo Vinyl Eraser (4/Pack), Latex Free, White Large Size Bulk Block Erasers for Art School Office Kids Teachers, Non Abrasive, Whiteout Smudges, 1-Pack : Pencil Erasers : Office Products

Whatever you do, do NOT buy a white erasure from anyone in the cancel culture.
Price:$3.99 + $8.78 Shipping to Canada
Think I'll buy local. Either that or swipe it from my kids' pencil case.


Might also want to get an eraser to correct your spelling mistake above. (Or is it?) :p

 

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Think I'll buy local. Either that or swipe it from my kids' pencil case.


Might also want to get an eraser to correct your spelling mistake above. (Or is it?) :p

As in sure-ly being e-race-d ... it's the new forum compliant non-political urban-speak. Yes, Grammarly is up and running ... much to my annoyance, but not as much as Siri autocorrect.
 
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