Clean Your Car's Textured Plastic Trim

Waxing your car can really give the painted metal and smooth plastic surfaces a nice shine. However, getting wax in the textured plastic surfaces, like the protective side molding, leaves an ugly, white residue that detracts from your car's good looks. This technique is a fast, easy and free way to remove it.


  1. Wet the surface to be cleaned.
  2. Get an old toothbrush and some white, paste-type toothpaste.
  3. Put the toothpaste on the brush, just like you'd do to get ready to brush your teeth.
  4. Gently scrub the surface using back-and-forth and circular motions.
  5. Rinse the cleaned surface before the toothpaste dries.


  • You may want to wash the car after you've done this to remove any remaining toothpaste.
  • Just try with water and a gentle circular brushing motion.
  • You may also want to try peanut butter, not the chunky one, which will remove the white wax residue instantly; peanut butter oil also works and it is much easier to apply. Rinse the cleaned section afterwards.

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