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Old 11-10-2013, 08:10 PM
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Default Duragloss 481 Wax Eraser vs Griot's Garage Wax Remover: My Experience

So when I waxed my truck for the first time after purchasing it I failed to put some painters tape over the textured plastic trim along the sides of the bed, Resulting in unsightly dried wax on the trim. I finally got around to tackling the removal of the wax. No problem I thought, I have some Griot's Garage Dried-On Wax Remover in my detailing kit. Per the instructions I applied it and used a cloth to wipe it off. No sign of any removal so I repeated the process... nothing. The instructions go on to suggest for tougher stains, use a scrub pad, so I slapped a yellow 3" scrub pad to my 3" random orbital machine. Now, I started to see some slight progress, but very slow and too slow for me. I then recalled Primo Spaghetti responding to a query from another RamZ forum member on this very topic. I did a quick search found he suggested a producr called Duragloss 481 Wax Eraser. I picked up a bottle and wow what a difference. Although it took several applications and the use of my 3" random orbital with a yellow scrub pad to remove all the dried wax from the textured trim, I could see significant progress with each application.
In fairness to both products, the dried wax has been on for 3-months with several applications of Aerospace 303 Protectant on the trim. Perhaps if I tackled the dried wax sooner, the Griot's Garage Dried-On Wax Remover would have worked better and perhaps with the Duragloss 481 Wax Remover, less applications would have been required. In any case I give a big thumbs up to the Duragloss product.
For those who may not have a 3" random orbital machine, a scrub pad should work just fine.

Lesson learned from this experience, apply painters tape to the trim stupid and keep some Duragloss 481 Wax Eraser on hand.

Textured Trim Before Removing the Wax



Textured Trim After Removing the Wax



The Products & Tool I Used

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Old 11-11-2013, 08:56 AM
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nice save hermes!

im glad you liked the duragloss! it is a very underrated product because it is usually quite cheap.

it is one of the greatest over the counter options on the market imo.
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nice save hermes!

im glad you liked the duragloss! it is a very underrated product because it is usually quite cheap.

it is one of the greatest over the counter options on the market imo.
Yes I was surprised, I thought it would cost more than it did. Thank you for your informative posts, I would not have know about this product had I not recalled one of your replies.
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Very nice! Duragloss is definitely a great product choice.
A lot of users have been extremely satisfied, especially for the price [and Griots has generally been overpriced in my opinion].
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That's awesome, Bruce. Great review, and glad you got that cleaned up. The first time I waxed, I got the dreaded "white chalk" on my bed caps as well. I used a 3M product (the exact name eludes me at the moment) that was a wax remover/cleaner. It took 3-4 applications, but it took the wax off. So, I figured (like you) that I would tape off these areas the next time. Well, the morning of, did all of my prep work, got out my 3M tape, and started from the drivers' front, and taped back to the tail gate. Upon getting there, I looked back to see all of the tape had fallen off and lightly adhered to the fender. I, like you, have applied numerous coats of 303 to the plastic. Discouraged, I wadded up the length of tape, and carefully (and slowly) applied the wax to the areas in question. It only took a few more minutes, but hey, that's one more beer you get to consume during the process!

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Good to know Paul. Although applying painters tape on trim is the prevailing wisdom, I wondered how well it would here to the bed trim. I am due to do a polish and wax job soon, so I guess I will find out.
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Good to know Paul. Although applying painters tape on trim is the prevailing wisdom, I wondered how well it would here to the bed trim. I am due to do a polish and wax job soon, so I guess I will find out.
Yeah, yeah. Rub it in. You get to polish and wax, and it just snowed here today! But yes, I used a pretty high-end tape and pressed it on with vigor, to no avail. The way I see it, if that tape wouldn't stick, environmental contaminants have little or no chance! (Yeah, I wish!)
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The way I see it, if that tape wouldn't stick, environmental contaminants have little or no chance! (Yeah, I wish!)
lol....thats funny;
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Yeah, yeah. Rub it in. You get to polish and wax, and it just snowed here today! But yes, I used a pretty high-end tape and pressed it on with vigor, to no avail. The way I see it, if that tape wouldn't stick, environmental contaminants have little or no chance! (Yeah, I wish!)
Well we do have 12" of sunshine right now sorry had to go there. That is funny Paul, but you maybe on to something, perhaps if one applies the protectant of their choice to the trim just prior to polishing and/or waxing, the product won't adhere well and can easily be wiped away. I may have to give that a test drive.

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Well we do have 12" of sunshine right now sorry had to go there. That is funny Paul, but you maybe on to something, perhaps if one applies the protectant of their choice to the trim just prior to polishing and/or waxing, the product won't adhere well and can easily be wiped away. I may have to give that a test drive.
That is a good point hermes;

if you do dress your trim before waxing/polishing, you will reduce the staining.

I would still recommend taping over dressing trim prior to application if your not precise with your wax/polish application.
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