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    Over the past few month I've been experimenting with different types of compound, buffer pads, polish, wax etc etc. I now realise that a roll of masking tape maybe a wise purchase as alot of my black trim is stained. Especially around sunroof and rear window seal.

    Does anyone know of a good way/ product for removing all this horrible white staining and restoring it?
     
     

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    I use oil atm, apply a drop to a clean rag and rub into the plastic. It will look like new and repel the water. I haven't found any way of permanently removing the stains, but the oil works very well until the new car wash.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by koola View Post
    I use oil atm, apply a drop to a clean rag and rub into the plastic. It will look like new and repel the water. I haven't found any way of permanently removing the stains, but the oil works very well until the new car wash.
    as in ENGINE OIL?

    A good idea. I'm looking to clean & restore rather that just disguise.

    This is the problem...



     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve323iseWitney View Post
    as in ENGINE OIL?
    I just used 10/40 oil that I had left over. WD40 would also do the job and it looks like new when enough has penetrated the plastic/rubber.

    Other than replacing, I don't know a way of permanently removing.
     
     

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    Been doing a bit of research, apparently 'ground nut oil or peanut butter' do the trick. Other than that 'All purpose cleaner' seem the best bet.
     
     

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    my mate in work recommended groundnut oil mixed with used engine oil... i thought he was insane until i tried it and it works a treat! not found anything that even comes close to this!

    i would assume it would work almost as well with new oil aswell..
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    Simoniz 'Back to Black' works well for me. Seems to dissolve the wax which then just rubs off with a cloth.
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    cotton buds are handy for those awkward places !!
     
     

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    I find to tape the plastic up for a full on bufty session, but when just applying a layer of wax after a wash, dont go rightinto every nock and cranny, stay away from the plastic a touch
     
     

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    Baby oil works very well for cleaning up the black bits, although you do then have to explain why you have a bottle of baby oil in the garage.

    As mentioned above, peanut butter also does the trick, although make sure it's smooth rather than crunchy!
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