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Old 04-05-2004, 12:02 PM   #1
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My mechanic told me before he paints the car he has to have all of the wax off of my car for it to turn out good. Or else you'll get "fish eyes" and the quality won't be good. So, my question is how do I remove the wax when the time comes? What products are out there. also, on my black plastic trim that runs along the body, I got some wax on there while waxing and I cannot get it off! I try plastic polishes and it goes away for a while, until the polish wears off, then the plastic has the white wax marks on it again. any ideas?
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i've heard dish soap before.....but most likely if your whole car is getting repainted....they are going to do some light sanding and hopefully use laquer thinner on the whole car.....for sure thats going to get rid of wax.....


here'* the same question from mncgp.com
http://www.mncgp.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=905&PN=1

the last response there is from an owner of a detailing company!


good luck!
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Palmolive... strips it right away, but you may have to do it a few times.

I didnt check that link so I will shut up now
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Clay away
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You need an alkaline detergent, Dawn dish soap is good. You dont want anything to strong or else it will remove the clear coat.
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Ive read alot about the whole dish soap theroy. It seems it is not recommended by many professionals as it can actually further dull the final coat on the car, hence, once the wax wears off, your stuck with a much duller looking finish than originally. With a little shopping around you should be able to find a good paint cleaner, for instance, Meguiar'* Paint cleaner, costs around $20.00, and i don't doubt that it works awesome.
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PPG/Ditzler DX330 wax and adhesive remover work very well. 3M also has a very similar product. Hit any high end automotive store that handles paint, and you'll find it.

It won't hurt the finish at all, just strip the wax.
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Use Dawn dish detergent, original formula the color is blue, and wash the entire car. For the molding you can try peanut butter, it really works well on black plastic body panels, but the dawn will probably do the job. After the wash with Dawn use a clay bar to get the rest of the impurities out of the paint surface. The final step will be to wash with a good quality car wash.
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I remember reading somewhere that dish setergent was good for stripping the crud (I waouls assume wax counts) every once in a great while. Not for common washing tho.

I think I have the link at home. If I can verify it, I'll post it later.
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