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    Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    I think this is wax I previously got on my steel bumpers. How can I get it back to black? Here is a pic.

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    I`d start with APC and a toothbrush.
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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    McKees sells a wax remover for plastic that might work on that. It’s made to remove dried on wax on plastic trim, but I don’t see why it would not work on painted metal trim. It’s a good product that everyone should keep around anyway. As Setec stated you will need the toothbrush too.
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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by rlmccarty2000 View Post
    McKees sells a wax remover for plastic that might work on that. Itís made to remove dried on wax on plastic trim, but I donít see why it would not work on painted metal trim. Itís a good product that everyone should keep around anyway. As Setec stated you will need the toothbrush too.
    Ordered! With toothbrush!


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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    kak39- Welcome to Autopia!

    I`d just wipe it down with a prep solvent if it`s painted metal, don`t see the need for a specialized Wax Remover (which I have on the shelf but doubt I`d reach for in this case). Or does some Jeep-Sensei have a reason not to try that?

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    I`d just wipe it down with a prep solvent if it`s painted metal
    Perhaps I misunderstood the issue , that looked like some gray textured trim that I presumed was on top of a steel bumper...I`m devoid of Jeep knowledge

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    Perhaps I misunderstood the issue ...I`m devoid of Jeep knowledge
    I`m in the same boat, zero Jeep-knowledge. But unless it`s something that you need to keep solvents away from....and plenty of plastics and even rubber are able to stand up to such products just fine anyhow.

    We`re not getting into how that much product could end up on anything anywhere Guess I`ll get up on my soapbox..

    kak39- That last bit probably sounds really snarky-critical, but I`m always going on about how people use a gazillion times more product than is optimal, so please don`t take it personally

    But for future reference, waxes/etc. should generally be applied so thinly that you can`t readily see them on the surface; once you have a "clearly visible white haze" it means you really overdid it, which has no upside other than being visible, and plenty of potential negatives.

    When applying to "odd surfaces", like...something other than paint/chrome, I always find it best to use a Wipe-On-Wipe-Off ("WOWO") approach, buffing it off before it flashes/dries. Yeah, that will slightly impact the durability sometimes, but never as much as I`d expected. Fogging the surface with your breath while buffing off usually helps a bit too due to the little bit of moisture, and that`ll help ensure than you get all the extra product off (and the "extra product" that gets buffed off is basically 99.999% of whatever you apply).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    I`m in the same boat, zero Jeep-knowledge. But unless it`s something that you need to keep solvents away from....and plenty of plastics and even rubber are able to stand up to such products just fine anyhow.

    We`re not getting into how that much product could end up on anything anywhere Guess I`ll get up on my soapbox..

    kak39- That last bit probably sounds really snarky-critical, but I`m always going on about how people use a gazillion times more product than is optimal, so please don`t take it personally

    But for future reference, waxes/etc. should generally be applied so thinly that you can`t readily see them on the surface; once you have a "clearly visible white haze" it means you really overdid it, which has no upside other than being visible, and plenty of potential negatives.

    When applying to "odd surfaces", like...something other than paint/chrome, I always find it best to use a Wipe-On-Wipe-Off ("WOWO") approach, buffing it off before it flashes/dries. Yeah, that will slightly impact the durability sometimes, but never as much as I`d expected. Fogging the surface with your breath while buffing off usually helps a bit too due to the little bit of moisture, and that`ll help ensure than you get all the extra product off (and the "extra product" that gets buffed off is basically 99.999% of whatever you apply).
    No worries! Thanks! I did try to give this knowledge to my 7 year old daughter who was helping me wax....but there was some disconnect!


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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    Perhaps I misunderstood the issue , that looked like some gray textured trim that I presumed was on top of a steel bumper...I`m devoid of Jeep knowledge
    Itís a steel painted bumper that is textured.


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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by kak39 View Post
    No worries! Thanks! I did try to give this knowledge to my 7 year old daughter who was helping me wax....but there was some disconnect!
    So glad I didn`t give offense! That`s great that your daughter is helping out, and a perfectly reasonable explanation for all the wax.

    I do think the solvent approach would work OK, but since you have the Wax Remover ordered anyhow you can just use that if you don`t have any Prep solvent. And you`ll have it for the next time..sooner or later I bet it`ll come in handy

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Solution Finish---it is what professional detailers use these days. Web site-solutionfinish.com Shows product and how simple it is to use, lasts for in excess of a year.
    "Logic dictates I have been at this detailing thing way too many years!":wink1:

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    I have had good look using Solutions Finish on the black powder coated wiper blade arms and trailer hitch areas. It seems to work pretty decent on powder coat paint.

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Ron Ketcham- That`s the second time in recent memory that you`ve posted about the Solution Finish! Any reason to use that on black trim that`s still in good shape? (Other than the durability...)

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    If just fine, want to keep it black and not have whatever wash off in a rain or such--just use Wipe-New.
    "Logic dictates I have been at this detailing thing way too many years!":wink1:

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    Re: Help! Wax? Build up on jeep steel bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Ketcham View Post
    If just fine, want to keep it black and not have whatever wash off in a rain or such--just use Wipe-New.
    Ah, OK...just wondered if I was missing something with the Solution Finish.

    I`m just using Ultima TTG+ on the good cars, which I maintain with a SprayWax as my Drying Aid (so nothing really extra), and the not-special vehicles just get the SprayWax period (which is plenty good enough IME).

    Interesting that you like the Wipe New though, I`ll pass that along as 1) I`ve never tried it but 2) your opinion is good enough for me

 

 
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