To get the clearest finish from your wax or paint sealant, the paint should be totally clean. A wax remover will strip off existing wax, sealant, and silicones to promote better bonding of the new wax and a clearer gloss. Wax removers come in many varieties. Prewax cleaners and polishes, paint decontaminators, detailing clay, and certain exterior cleaners can all be used to remove wax.
Wax removers are also made specifically to remove white wax stains from plastic trim. If cleaned within a few days, you can erase wax stains from trim easily and permanently.
Removing wax off plastic trim:
If you have dried or caked on wax residue on plastic trim, we’ve found that Griot’s Garage Dried-On Wax Remover is a great choice. Griot’s Garage Dried-On Wax Remover is inexpensive and works great for removing dried on wax residue that’s relatively fresh. If your vehicle’s plastic trim has dried on wax that’s been there for months or even years, McKee's 37 Wax Remover for Plastic will safely remove it without damaging surrounding surfaces. We’ve found the best way to remove dried on wax on plastic trim with McKee's 37 Wax Remover for Plastic is to spray it directly onto a terry cloth towel and gently rub the surface. Be sure to protect the plastic or rubber trim after cleaning with a trim protectant like Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant or Black WOW.
Prepping vehicle for application of a wax or sealant:
Don’t use dish soap to strip your wax! If you’re looking for a product to prep the paint and get it ready for a new coat of wax or sealant, you have a couple of options: non-abrasive polish or spray on wax remover. Leave the dish soap for the dishes and use one of the dozens of products available that will safely remove old waxes and sealants.
Popular non-abrasive polishes include:
Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Lotion
P21S Gloss Enhancing Paintwork Cleanser
Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer
Popular spray on wax removers include:
Griot’s Garage Paint Prep
CarPro Eraser Intense Oil & Polish Cleanser
McKee's 37 Wax Remover for Plastic
What’s the difference between non-abrasive polishes and spray on wax removers? A non-abrasive polish will remove previously applied waxes and sealants while also deep cleaning your paint, ridding it of below surface contaminants. A non-abrasive polish is designed to be applied by hand or machine. It is the preferred method for removing old waxes and sealants. A spray on wax remover will chemically strip the paint of all previously applied waxes and sealants. These are generally spray on, wipe off products. They will not remove below surface contaminants. If you're the type of person that finds yourself applying a different wax every chance you get, a spray on wax remover is for you.
Whether you’re removing wax from paint or trim, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for on this page!