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Hi all,

I've read about this problem before, but was wondering if anyone had since found a good way of getting rid of wax deposits from the edge of the rear clear protectors? It's driving me up the wall and yes I've had "Ohh that's a nasty scratch" before grrr.

Is there some kind of magic substance that will shift it?

Cheers!

Caz.

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Hi all,

I've read about this problem before, but was wondering if anyone had since found a good way of getting rid of wax deposits from the edge of the rear clear protectors? It's driving me up the wall and yes I've had "Ohh that's a nasty scratch" before grrr.

Is there some kind of magic substance that will shift it?

Cheers!

Caz.

you could get a screwdriver with a small end, and cover it with a fabric and go round it. I did that for the stone reflectors on my t sport!

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ok i didnt read ur post properly

been a long day :lol: so completly ignore what i just said

but yea, possibly ur nail, depending on how long or sharp!! possibly a ear bud, a damp one ?? who knows ill let u know later ill have a go myself as i plan on cleaning her tonight

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I know the bits you mean, and have no idea why they're there. They look ugly!

To protect the car from stone chips.. that area gets a few hits due to the shape of the car.

God knows the best way to clean the excess polish off though.. i don't think i got that problem, i make sure it comes off when polishing it. (i use one of those little round applicator pads you get with mcguiars)

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Hehe. They're clear plastic stickers just by the back wheels to prevent stone chips / scrapes damaging the paintwork. I don't really like them but after having an encounter with a Hilux Surf a few months ago I can see why they are there! (Very embarassing, but at least the incident didn't damage my paintwork and the Hilux was A OK.)

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Yeah those protectors do their job really well. Because everytime i clean the car i find lodes of tar spots on them, and if they werent there they'd be on my lovely paintwork! :angry:

So ... good job they're there .. ! :D

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Very good suggestions - thanks! I was a bit wary of using a nail or anything sharp covered in cloth... knowing me I'll botch it and voila - a *real* scratch :D

The Back to Black sounds like a plan. I'll try it tonight.

Cheers guys and girls.

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Use your nails wrapped in a bit of cloth (Autoglym microfibre cloth). If you use any cleaning spirit and it gets onto the paintwork - you're gonna remove the wax/protectant on the paintwork and completely strip it of protecting qualities.

And definately keep them on there - I had a Fiesta Zetec-S before the Celica and it picked up sh*t loads of scratches in front of the rear wheel arch.

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If you think the protector strips are strangely shaped on the three door by the way, you really should check out those on the five door! :yes: Very odd!

Did you have any success with the back to black? I find that sort of stuff is also great for getting wax marks off the black plastic 'bits' around the car. Not that I've got much on this one (aerial mount and hatch lock surround is about it) but remember I had black bumper and door protectors on 'Baby' and they were a sod when wax got ingrained into them! :eek:

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