Edited by NOTMY911, 24 January 2017 - 04:50 AM.
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Posted 24 January 2017 - 10:05 AM
Shifting back to preventing this issue instead of fixing it....
I applied wax from Meguiars (looks great by the way) and I was very careful and did not notice any wax immediately on the trim
After driving, I later noticed the white residue on a lot of surfaces.... wasn't sure what happened there but I wonder if it was trapped in cracks or areas around the trim and after driving the wind blew it out? I don't know, but there's wax in places I don't recall accidentally applying it. It's a lease, but could imagine if you kept the car long term and waxed twice a year, if those results were typical it would eventually be very bad!
Anyone else surprised by where the residue is? Just curious how this happened as I feel I was more careful than the results show.
Posted 24 January 2017 - 02:54 PM
There are lots of sealant products that don't stain trim. I use Klasse and other polymer sealants and haven't had a single problem.
The typical stuff folk get at Pep boys, like the standard Meguiars and Mothers paste waxes are way more likely to cause problems.
Posted 04 April 2017 - 10:18 PM
In my post #10 above, I mentioned that I was going to try the Mr Clean Magic Eraser product to address the topic of this thread. I'll summarize by stating that it works, simply and easily. However, the 'Magic' in the product's name came to be understood only with some research and an appreciation of the product's technology. After all, an examination of the product reveals only that it's a small rectangular piece of white foam with no odor or any other characteristic at all. Following directions, you simply dampen it with water and swipe repeatedly with light pressure on your cladding and the dreaded dried white wax residue soon disappears. Viola...your cladding appears like new again.
It does seem like magic until you understand the nature of the product. Researching Wikipeda and numerous other sources (including the manufacturer's (BASF) website), the product was found to be a nanotech form of Melamine aka glass blended with some bonding agents (embalming fluid rendered chemically nontoxic) into a pliable foam that functions as a scouring source much akin to using a tooth brush.
In my analysis earlier in this thread, I concluded that some form of labor and friction (e.g. tooth brush) was the solution to dried wax residue on cladding vis-a-vis the oft recommended cooking oils, blacking agents, peanut butter, etc. etc. that did nothing more than mask the wax residue, not remove it, requiring periodic attempts at a solution.
In my recent experience using the Mr Clean product, I started with a hand washed clean MKX, gently worked the wax residue off the cladding (doing the entire cladding to encourage a uniform coloration), and rinsed the cladding with ample water and a cotton rag. Since I didn't take any initial precautions to avoid some over-wipe of painted surfaces, I inspected adjoining painted surfaces to see if the nano-abrasion of the product inflicted any damage. It didn't, but I will exercise caution in any further detailing.
PS...a buyer can avoid paying the Mr Clean retail product price by shopping eBay, Amazon, etc. for the precisely same Melamine product (BASF Basotect) from other sources.
Edited by Cosmos36, 04 April 2017 - 10:26 PM.
Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:34 AM
Hats off to Cosmos...
I did exactly what his post suggested and I am amazed. The white residue has yet to return.
So easy and great results. I was so excited I told my sons about my secret discovery (sorry... Cosmos' discovery) and I was abruptly told that I was too late. We have an electrical contracting business and my sons said every van always has at least one Magic Eraser on hand. They said it is used for a multitude of applications but mostly for residential ceilings. When they install recessed lighting they usually get finger prints and dirt on the ceilings. The ceilings are usually finished in flat latex paint. He said you can never properly clean ceilings painted with white flat ceiling paints. Using the Magic Eraser cleans all grease, dirt, and finger prints effortlessly.
Great post by Cosmos.
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