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Old 04-22-2003, 08:23 PM   #1
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Detailing 101.......

I have found the miracle cure for that wax that has accumulated over time on your wiper cowl (or other parts). A friend of mine actually pointed me in the direction, to Naphtha. At our favorite "mod" store, Home Depot, you can aquire a can of this key chemical for about $5.00. The can is large enough, you can clean your car up and give it to your friend to use.

If wanted, I will take more pics of the progress. I started with the wiper cowl, since it was the worst. I had wax on there from 4 years ago! It was nasty, and I really thought I would have to buy a whole new cowl. I started out being very liberal with the amount I used, by pouring some onto a clean rag, then spreading it around the cowl. For the spots that had heavy wax buildup, I soaked it as best as possibly.......then scrubbed with a toothbrush. The plastic of the wiper cowl will actually absorb alot of the initial Naphtha you put onto it, being as pourous as it is. You will definately need to apply a few times, depending on the amount of wax you need to take off. After cleaning to your content, follow up by using your favorite dressing. Zaino users are recommended to use tire shine, per Sal. I used my good old trusty Formula 2000.

This cleaner will work on your wiper cowl, as well as any other rubber/plastic's on your car. From the door seals, entry guards, even to your interior panels. Just be safe with the amount you use, and if you are worried, test a very small section that is out of site first.

Here is a before picture, and the bottle of Naphtha........



Now here is the finished product........




My only advice, be cautious as to how much you apply. This is an oil based paint thinner, so it is strong. The fumes arent that bad at all, but just be careful. You will be VERY impressed with the end result, I can guarantee you.

Just thought I would share.
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Old 05-14-2003, 11:00 PM   #2
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I also had a problem with some wax buildup on my cowl and trim. I used a product called "Black again" which I purchased online for about $9 a bottle. It has the consistency of syrup and is clear. I used a clean cotton rag and rubbed it into the troubled areas. It worked great and I'm very happy with the results. It left my trim and cowl black and a bit glossy with no signs of that hazy wax buildup. Would definitely recommend it!!!
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