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Old 02-04-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Wax under Painted stickers on my 2012 taco

I've been detailing my whole life and just can't seem to figure out how to remove the wax residue from underneath the edge of these painted stickers on my truck....

My chick has an 06 4 runner and it takes me 1/2 the time to clay, polish and wax/seal the paint....

Any suggestions? I love the truck but it's such a PIA to detail I'm just about over it....

I normally wash every week and wax every month.....

Thanks in advance for any help.....I have 3 paint brushes I use for the cracks but when I use them on the stickers the hairs get stuck under them and break off......Warren
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Painted stickers?
Pics?
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I'm working right now and don't have my truck but they are stickers that appear to be there to protect the paint...

They are thick and placed near the wheel wells....

Polish and wax gets stuck in the edges and I can't get it out
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There is also a small strip of the same painted sticker wrapped around the edge of the doors
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I get that too.

Clear 3M Film is the name I believe.


I clean by pressing hard along the edge with wax buffing cloth press on seam with a fingernail.
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My truck is dark grey and it shows up really bad...
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Can't say I've had this problem waxing the truck...odd that the brushes would get stuck also. I picked up a small detail brush from I think Napa and its got a sharp rubber edge that does wonders taking the wax off the edge of objects like the 3M film.
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I've been detailing my whole life and just can't seem to figure out how to remove the wax residue from underneath the edge of these painted stickers on my truck....

My chick has an 06 4 runner and it takes me 1/2 the time to clay, polish and wax/seal the paint....

Any suggestions? I love the truck but it's such a PIA to detail I'm just about over it....

I normally wash every week and wax every month.....

Thanks in advance for any help.....I have 3 paint brushes I use for the cracks but when I use them on the stickers the hairs get stuck under them and break off......Warren

Use a super soft tooth brush....... It won't scratch the paint, yet it will remove the residue.
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I'm working right now and don't have my truck but they are stickers that appear to be there to protect the paint...

They are thick and placed near the wheel wells....

Polish and wax gets stuck in the edges and I can't get it out
Okay, got you. The "painted" threw me off...I keep all my old tooth brushes and use them to clean hard to reach areas, and also places like these stickers. If you brush perpendicular to the surface (as opposed to trying to get diagonally into the "corner" between the sticker edge and truck surface, the bristles should not go in under the sticker. In addition to wax, I had mold growing along the those edges, and that was even harder to get rid of than the wax.
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Got it.......appreciate the info....

I'll def be giving the toothbrush a try, the brush I'm using now (I believe it's a cut
Down horse hair paintbrush) isn't getting it out good enough....
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