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    How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    For those of you who detail their own cars and occasionally get some of that wax on vinyl trim, thus leading to a white film on the trim - which you can't remove, the fix is here. No need to buy any fancy stuff, just spread peanut butter (any kind, including crunchy) over the area, rub in softly with a tooth brush or a cloth, clean off with a little soap and water, dry and then put some vinyl protectorant over it. I believe that the reason it works so well is that the oils in the PB displace the residues that are so hard to remove the vinyl; and the PB stuff is easy to clean off. Have fun.

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    theres vinyl on this car....?

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Cadillac owners use cheap products that stain trim?

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Hey Hoosier, hope you're not serious about "cheap products." As you probably know, good waxes can also stain vinyl. Anyway, the peanut butter tastes good...I prefer crunchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donavo View Post
    theres vinyl on this car....?
    I'm talking about the back trim that is in the bottom part of the rear and extends around to the bottom of the rear quarter panels, and trim that is there where the fog lights probably go. All plastic stuff that will stain.

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Quote Originally Posted by flycaster View Post
    Hey Hoosier, hope you're not serious about "cheap products." As you probably know, good waxes can also stain vinyl. Anyway, the peanut butter tastes good...I prefer crunchy.

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    I'm talking about the back trim that is in the bottom part of the rear and extends around to the bottom of the rear quarter panels, and trim that is there where the fog lights probably go. All plastic stuff that will stain.
    oh u mean the plastic right above the reverse light? or the dull chrome trim that says cadillac on it?

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Quote Originally Posted by flycaster View Post
    Hey Hoosier, hope you're not serious about "cheap products." As you probably know, good waxes can also stain vinyl.
    I was half kidding. But the best waxes and sealants don't stain trim. Some good ones might.

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Quote Originally Posted by donavo View Post
    oh u mean the plastic right above the reverse light? or the dull chrome trim that says cadillac on it?
    Yeah, all the black plastic trim, above and below the reverse lights, around the tail pipes, its all one piece that goes from the bottom of one quarter panel, around the rear, and ends under the other quarter panel. Some waxes, but not all, may leave a white film if you accidentally get the wax on it. This film is usually very difficult to remove by standard methods. There are solutions you can buy to remove the film, but peanut butter does cleaning the job for free.

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Quote Originally Posted by flycaster View Post
    Yeah, all the black plastic trim, above and below the reverse lights, around the tail pipes, its all one piece that goes from the bottom of one quarter panel, around the rear, and ends under the other quarter panel. Some waxes, but not all, may leave a white film if you accidentally get the wax on it. This film is usually very difficult to remove by standard methods. There are solutions you can buy to remove the film, but peanut butter does cleaning the job for free.

    ahh ok. now i know which part u mean. thats the trim. i dont think there is any vinyl anywhere on this car. but thats a good tip none-the-less. i like these "use common home supplies to do the job" things. kind of like the toothpaste on dull headlights.

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier Daddy View Post
    I was half kidding. But the best waxes and sealants don't stain trim. Some good ones might.
    Not disagreeing with you, some, even expensive ones, can stain. I'm a Zaino guy (well known among BMW and Corvette folks), been using their sealants/polishes for 11 years. A several step process, but once the original prepping is done, the touch ups are really easy. And, of course, I have found that Zaino's stuff really protects my cars from bird crap and tree crap (all of which can cause severe spotting of the paint), of which we have a lot of here in SoFL.

    Anyway, I was using Zaino's All-In-One (cleans and polishes, and don't have to use a special agent to help with bonding) on the new ATS, and to my surprise when I over ran onto the plastic parts, a film formed. Thus the reason for the use of PB (crunchy, if you need to know, but smooth also works) to remove the film...and I thought that some of the guys might be interested if they experience a white film problem.

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    I was confused when i first read this post because I thought you were referring to detailing the inside of the car, and getting stuff on the vinyl parts of the seats, but I get it now; I am a little slow.

    Cool tip. And tasty.

    Now, if I could just get the neighbourhood dogs to stop licking the car...

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    have you tried isopropyl alcohol?
    i don't think i want to rub peanut butter on my car

    and yeah, those trim pieces are plastic.
    the vinyl is on the inside. at first i was wondering what you were waxing the interior for

    ps: avoid waxing those pieces. if you know that you're going to get wax on them... use some painters tape to mask them off.
    the few minutes you spend putting the tape on, is nothing compared to the effort (and amounts of peanut butter) to remove the mess later.


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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    In all honesty, it's PB all the way...You can't go wrong....Wear gloves

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    Why would you even consider crunchy?

    One false swipe with a hard nut and you could possibly nick or scratch the paint.

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    Re: How to remove white film from vinyl trim

    Doesn't go on the paint. Goes on the plastic trim. Crunchy is the only PB I have, and I really doubt that the "nuts" would scratch anything.

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    Ohhh only goes on the trim, not the paint.....kinda like the wax is supposed to only go on the paint and not the trim....

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