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      11-18-2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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Removing wax from plastic black trim?

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Any idea on how to remove wax from the plastic, black trim pieces on the exterior of the car. They appear to be magnets for wax, and it's nearly impossible to remove. I recently purchased a car that was detailed prior to my purchase, and the wax is starting to show on the plastic trim pieces between the large and small glass windows on the rear doors (e90). It's so hazy that at first I thought the dealer had burnt through the paint of the trim, then after using some cleaner wax and a microfiber towel, I noticed that the pattern of the haziness changed (the wax was simply moved around), and the shiny black is underneath.

Thanks for all advise!

EDIT: I forgot to add that the more I try to clean it, the hazier and more opaque it gets. Not sure if it is indeed wax or if those pieces of trim will need to be replaced?
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Try a little peanut oil. Old Mini Cooper trick.
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Try a little peanut oil. Old Mini Cooper trick.
+1 and a toothbrush
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Try a little peanut oil. Old Mini Cooper trick.
I tried rubbing a little peanut oil with a microfiber towel and while the oil was on it, it looked nice and shiny...once I wiped it off the haze was still there, very smooth but hazy.

This is a 3 year old garage queen so I'm having a difficult time thinking that the finish/paint on the trim piece is coming off. The person that detailed the car at the dealer pre-purchase went to town with the wax (there's excess wax in multiple areas - very amateur job). Could excess wax on a plastic trim piece be this difficult to remove?
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MOTHERS 6141 Back-to-Black Heavy Duty Trim Cleaning Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZLMEDO..._X6kBub1WBC5QD
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1Z Deep plastic cleaner is by far the best for wax on trim, maybe some agitation from a toothbrush.
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Isoproply alcohol and MF towel.
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Meguiar's Plast-X takes the oxidation right off if that's what you have.
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I have the same issue. Hopefully one of the above is the solution!
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