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Question: polish and wax that won't stain plastic/vinyl


Runamuk13

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How do you polish and wax your Explorer without making a mess of the plastic trim?

Is there an line of off-the-shelf products for detailing the exterior paint that does not stain the plastic? I need some minor swirl removal, polish and wax.

There is a lot of plastic/vinyl parts on Explorers. Around the wheel wells, both bumpers, the rocker panels under the doors and more. When I'm detailing a car, it's impossible for me to keep the polish and wax splatter off these parts. It seems that most polish and wax products will stain the plastic with a white color that is very difficult to remove (I've heard a pencil eraser works).

One option would be to mask off the vinyl, but that's a lot of work plus it's not terribly practical because there are small vinyl parts just about everywhere.

What products and/or techniques do you use & recommend?

Thanks
 


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JamesGraham

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How do you polish and wax your Explorer without making a mess of the plastic trim?

Is there an line of off-the-shelf products for detailing the exterior paint that does not stain the plastic? I need some minor swirl removal, polish and wax.

There is a lot of plastic/vinyl parts on Explorers. Around the wheel wells, both bumpers, the rocker panels under the doors and more. When I'm detailing a car, it's impossible for me to keep the polish and wax splatter off these parts. It seems that most polish and wax products will stain the plastic with a white color that is very difficult to remove (I've heard a pencil eraser works).

One option would be to mask off the vinyl, but that's a lot of work plus it's not terribly practical because there are small vinyl parts just about everywhere.

What products and/or techniques do you use & recommend?

Thanks
I think there is no polish that does not make a mess of the plastic trim. Surely, it is just masking the plastic trim or just apply plastic trim protector before you polish. Gtechniq brand has a trim protector that works wonders. So either you mask or apply trim protector. With wax, there's hybrid ceramic spray wax that is safe on plastic trims. So your only options are the spray wax coatings and not the traditional carnauba wax paste that you manually apply.
 




donalds

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1999 ford explorer sohc
On my 99 when I got it all the black plastic was stained white
I used a Mr clean magic eraser on the plastic only Only dull plastic

It's what works for me
 








akjvt

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Check Out Top Coat. Safe for all surfaces, leaves no white residue.
Works great on our black Explorer and Lincoln Navigator.


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akjvt

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I initially felt the same way, but gave it a try. It only takes about 1.5-2 ounces to do a complete detail on either of our suvs or about $1.75--2.50/application, with superior results.

I highly recommend giving Top Coat F-11 a try yourself.
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RickOTR

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I use 303Mecum wax. Just spray it on after you wash and rinse the car but don't dry it. Looks like you spent all day waxing it. I like Rejex as a sealer.
 




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