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Old 07-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Hey detailing fanatics! I really need some help and advice on detailing my car. Some of the questions are going to be geared towards how much would it cost for me to have a professional detailer fix, or myself. The first questions are going to be geared towards what can I personally do to fix it.

So after purchasing my car, I did a pretty extensive detail. I washed it, dried it, clayed it, washed it, dried it, compound and then a wax. Well when compounding that stuff seems to have gotten everywhere... I need some help on how to remove this and get my pieces back to the black they once where. Here are some photos of the pieces I need to get the compound off of. Still here after 3 washes later. Bigger pictures can be provided if need be.

Door Pillar:


Sunroof Trim: (Sunroof also "sags" in the back now and is not flush with the top of the car... My motor was broken when I purchased it but I do believe this is a new occurrence, any ideas?)


Body Trim:


Underneath the body trim...:


So that basically concludes as to what I would like to get taken care of immediately. It's rather annoying...

Next I will cover what I may be able to do myself or need a possible detailer for.

On the driver's side pillar there are these teenie tiny rust looking chips. Also there is compound on this trim as well that I would like to remove:


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Then there's these chips on the hood:


And this little paint crack on the rear bumper:


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Magic eraser will work on your trim, between the doors on the matte finish paint (be gentle). For the edges and sunroof trim, try a toothbrush with soft bristle.
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Use toothpicks and Q-tips to get the old wax out of tight areas. Don't eraser your trim... Get some solvent and take the wax off the trim.
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Magic eraser will work on your trim, between the doors on the matte finish paint (be gentle). For the edges and sunroof trim, try a toothbrush with soft bristle.
Do not use a magic eraser on your trim unless you plan on applying a UV protectant afterwards. It will just end up looking worse after a couple months because you are removing whatever coating is on the trim to protect it.

You wan o be using a chemical cleaner not an abrasive (think like sandpaper).
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Do not use a magic eraser on your trim unless you plan on applying a UV protectant afterwards. It will just end up looking worse after a couple months because you are removing whatever coating is on the trim to protect it.

You wan o be using a chemical cleaner not an abrasive (think like sandpaper).
Been using it for years with no ill effects...it's clean and black and stays that way as long as I don't get wax or polish on it. I think it's all the same material through and through, so no coating on it that I know of.
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Do not use a magic eraser on your trim unless you plan on applying a UV protectant afterwards. It will just end up looking worse after a couple months because you are removing whatever coating is on the trim to protect it.

You wan o be using a chemical cleaner not an abrasive (think like sandpaper).
What would you suggest I use then? I haven't tried it on the trim around the car but the IPA did not work on the door panels.
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What would you suggest I use then? I haven't tried it on the trim around the car but the IPA did not work on the door panels.
http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=103881

Is my best suggestion with the given information.
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I like the results. Aren't our door panels painted though? If this is to be kept off paint would it still be okay?
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I like the results. Aren't our door panels painted though? If this is to be kept off paint would it still be okay?
Only use it on trim, follow the direction on the bottle.
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How do you propose I resolve the issue on the door panels?
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