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Old 10-19-2002, 11:40 AM
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Just waxed my Bronco. Woo. I used that colored Turtle Wax...in purple, looks good on the white. Just kidding!

Ha, ok. Anyhow...so I got this white wax, did a good job shinin' up the Bronk, but now I uh, got kinda sloppy and there's white residue on the black plastic trim on the sides. :o Its hard plastic with a texture, so the wax is in the little spots. How do I get it off?

Thaaaaaaanks!!

Oh and wanted to say, I love the smell of Turtle Wax on a Saturday afternoon.

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Old 10-19-2002, 11:51 AM
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I hate that residue on black plastic too. I have used lacquer thinner then follow up with one of the oil based clear protectants with success. Paint thinner should work too. May need to use a toothbrush to clean out the low spots in the plastic. Turtle wax is the best. Nothing is better for chrome and polished aluminum - just keep it off the flat black plastic and rubber!
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Old 10-19-2002, 11:55 AM
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Thanks Willys! Gonna go try that now...if I can find some thinnner.

I still haven't taken care of the top, but at least it didn't get as mildewed this time. I quit parking under the trees.
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BBB,
DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT use lacquer thinner on plastic. It will melt it. If you use thinner use enamel thinner.

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Old 10-19-2002, 06:47 PM
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Usually if you let it dry you can take it off with a soft brass detail brush, enamel thinner works well also, but its an easier one step to just brush it off. You can get the detail brass, stainless steel brushes at almost any store in the car detail section.

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BBB I HADDA 79 BRONCO FOR 5 YEARS AND ILL BE DAMNED IF I CAN REMEMBER IT HAVING ANY KIND OF PLASTIC, BLACK OR NOT ON THE OUTSIDE, EXCEPT FOR THE GRILL AND HEADLIGHT SURROUNDS, AND YOURS ARE CHROME

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Old 10-19-2002, 09:05 PM
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[quote]Originally posted by bullheimer:
<strong>BBB I HADDA 79 BRONCO FOR 5 YEARS AND ILL BE DAMNED IF I CAN REMEMBER IT HAVING ANY KIND OF PLASTIC, BLACK OR NOT ON THE OUTSIDE, EXCEPT FOR THE GRILL AND HEADLIGHT SURROUNDS, AND YOURS ARE CHROME </strong><hr></blockquote>

This is for my other Bronco, the '89. I didn't get a chance to try and clean it up. Something came up and I got distracted. Maybe I'll have time to clean it tomorrow. Thanks for the help guys!
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Yes lacquer thinner will melt styrene plastic but it won't bother the polyethelene and urethanes on car exteriors. Also If the surface is painted, the lacquer thinner will attack it but all of the modern black exterior plastic is self colored so the hot stuff won't bother it. Go ahead and use paint thinner on your cleaning job and be double safe. Also can use bug and tar remover from auto parts store but all it is is paint thinner that costs 10x as much.

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Use a toothbrush. Having 4 kids, I always have a supply of toothbrushes. It makes a huge difference spending a little time, going around the car after waxing, and hitting all trim (script on lenses, around windshield wiper posts, everywhere.

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i use meguirs trim detail. its kind of like a polish for those plastic pieces. works pretty good.
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That Maguires is some good stuff, made my Riv look good. About this white turtle you saw <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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I had the same problem on my truck. I took it off with armor all. Give it a try.
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WD-40 might work, donno, but I do know it works on that nasty road tar!
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Oh Quit! You guys are KILLING me!!!
All this talk about Turtle Wax and Armor All....what the hell?!
If you want to know why I am complaining about these it is because they are petroleum based products(not good for plastic/vinyl/etc in the long run)
Meguiers and Wax Shop proucts have NATURAL oils in them(GOOD STUFF)
When you continue to use petro-based products it has a tendency to dry things out.
What would you rather use for hand cream gasoline or aloe(honestly)...kinda the same concept.
Besides if you want to get the white residue off of the plastic stuff get a small terry cloth rag/towel and use some tire dressing. Spray it on the towel and 'scrub the plastic with it...comes off every time.
Remember when detailing your vehicle, spray your products onto your rag not the surface, unless you like doing everything twice.
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One safe thing for sure to use and try to get the wax off is Wax & Grease Remover and it WILL NOT hurt the paint surface. All of this use of lacquer is dangerous around a nice paint job.
Weimer, don't surgar coat it now tell it like it is!
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