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#626089 - 11/28/08 01:38 PM Wax in the crax?  
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What's the best way to remove wax and/or rubbing compound buildup from between your body panels without scratching? Anybody got a solution more trick than a toothpick and a rag?


Bought my Monte new in '87, 220,000 miles ago. Now undergoing a complete restoration with a mild LT1 and T56 6 speed.
#626097 - 11/28/08 02:16 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: kpetry]  
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For really tough spots that involve painted surfaces, I highly recommend an Automotive Claybar. It can be formed to the contours of trim and edges. The only risk is if you allow the surface of the clay to collect too much debris and dirt. You must check it regularly and fold the clay into itself to get a new, clean, working surface on the clay. I would do the entire vehicle though, if you haven't done it before. You'd be surprised what it'll pick up and amazed at the smooth finish it leaves behind. It does, however, remove virtually anything on or in the surface of the clear coat, including the wax, so you must reapply a coat of wax.


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#626125 - 11/28/08 04:16 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: Glenn Tjapkes]  
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Do that with the clay bar, get some painters tape and tape over the cracks, and then wax it again.

#626161 - 11/28/08 08:21 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: SickSpeedMonte]  
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Pipe cleaner, old toothbrush, a gun cleaning kit or a long, wooden stem Q-tip.

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#626222 - 11/28/08 11:27 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: upflying]  
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#626274 - 11/29/08 02:35 AM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: 85lolo]  
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Paint brush with the metal part taped up, you may have to let the wax dry for a few hours
or if you have the time, wash car again w/ power hose to get the excess out

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#626329 - 11/29/08 12:52 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: monte7852]  
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Thanks guys! All great ideas!


Bought my Monte new in '87, 220,000 miles ago. Now undergoing a complete restoration with a mild LT1 and T56 6 speed.
#626379 - 11/29/08 06:25 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: kpetry]  
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Soft toothbrush or makeup brush (steal the Girlfriends) and some armor all or WD-40. Either one will take it out fast.
I prefer to spray often to keep the brush from grinding any grit into the paint.

#627006 - 12/01/08 11:01 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: 84 ZZ4]  
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I just use a toothbrush


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#627460 - 12/03/08 11:58 AM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: Jr Mint]  
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im a fan of the long handle q-tip for this.

#627751 - 12/04/08 02:03 PM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: ThePilot]  
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Toothbrush and q-tips work for me


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#627949 - 12/05/08 11:25 AM Re: Wax in the crax? [Re: ThePilot]  
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Tooth brush and Simple green


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