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Wax/polish removal on black items

I goofed. Detailed my truck and unfortunately some of the polish and such got onto the black mud guards, mirror casings, door handles etc which has left a white residue on the items. I've tried to remove this white film with a toothbrush but not with great results.

Hindsight being 20/20 I should have taped those items. But now I need to figure out how to clean and restore the black.

Anyone have any tricks?

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Simple green on a microfiber cloth works for me. The just break out a little bumper black or black trim shine/tire shine


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I goofed. Detailed my truck and unfortunately some of the polish and such got onto the black mud guards, mirror casings, door handles etc which has left a white residue on the items. I've tried to remove this white film with a toothbrush but not with great results.

Hindsight being 20/20 I should have taped those items. But now I need to figure out how to clean and restore the black.

Anyone have any tricks?

Thanks!

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You are just gonna have to really clean those areas over and over again, or even some good wax and grease remover should do the trick. Then possibly go back over them with a product like "back to black", etc that actually protects them and helps the plastic be rejuvenated, not just a product to make it shiny again. No matter what, it is just going to be a little bit of a pain since it is a detailing product and because of their very nature and job they are meant to do. But like mentioned a good quality wax/grease remover followed by a quick wash of the area just to be safe should take care of ya.

That is why you do your correction work, apply them to your paint, and use them to protect it and not just go away from a wash or the rain

As you now know, it just can cause issues sometimes, and at the very least be a huge pain in the *** if you don't take the time to tape your edges.

Goodluck OP. If it makes ya feel any better if you were closer i'd come help you with it, no homo
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Stoner Trim Shine for Vinyl, Plastic and Rubber Protectant

works really good, and will bring the black back out on the mirrors and door handles.

another good product is turtle wax ICE i know it is for paint, but works wonders on the black trim too.
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I appreciate the responses. Got lots of good ideas to try and will see which works the best! Lesson learned here for next time though!

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Stoner Trim Shine for Vinyl, Plastic and Rubber Protectant

works really good, and will bring the black back out on the mirrors and door handles.

another good product is turtle wax ICE i know it is for paint, but works wonders on the black trim too.
Turtle wax ICE also works great for tires! It doesn't make them shiny, but gives them a nice dark black color and it absorbs into the rubber, so you don't get the flingy greasy crap all over your paint. Really, I've found that ICE great for most anything, except paint lol

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I agree with the turtle wax ice. I keep a thing of it just for my black plastic pieces. Works great


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I have also heard of someone using creamy peanut butter with good results..i havent tried it yet myself. I probably will this summer though as both of my trucks have polish/wax all over the black plastic.
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