Help Please - Ruined paintwork on new van with dry wash & wax

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  1. MichaelT

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    Hoping not done too much damage but we picked up the new van last week and wend away. With all the rain we had the van was filthy so picked up a bottle of dry wash n wax but now all the decal panels and black handles etc have got white streaks all over them.

    Will a good wash get rid of them when I get time or is there something else I should try (polish etc.) Going to wax it with colonite following Charlies advice on here but want to get it clean and ready before applying. Going to bring it home at the weekend to clean it.

    thanks

    Michael
     
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    I'm sure someone will be along with expert advice but I would rinse, rinse , rinse. Sponge and lots of clear water. Don't think that can do any harm and may stop it binding to surface.
     
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    I might be tempted to read the instruction (who reads them first) then if I have done everything correctly I might be tempted to contact the manufacturers of the product and ask for their advice as they should know the make up of the product you used.

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  4. MichaelT

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    I did and it did say do not apply to grilles etc but did not mention decals......
     
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    Please don't take this the wrong g way but checking here before you did that would gave probably saved you a lot of grief. There is a detailing section on the forums and a couple of experts who will have posted advice or may be able to help you.
    I would suggest in the meantime a proper wet wash and thorough rinse and to try and avoid leaving the van in bright sunlight until it's sorted
    Good luck
     
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    @MichaelT I ruined the bonnet of my last van with it. I stuck to instructiions. @Viennese was witness to damage. I had the bonnet resprayed.
     
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    Thanks yes in hindsight but it's not totally wrecked and I am sure it will come good. Sunshine that would be nice instead of floods we had today.
     
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    Well done for reading the instructions(y) are the decals a textured finish or smooth vinyl. It will be the wax element of the product at a guess but I would still be tempted to contact the manufacturers if they have a customer services department.

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    textured/bubbly and yes I will call them once i get to the m/h to get the bottle out. I think its because they are a dark brown sort of colour.
     
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    Jus get sum ordinary car wash wash and rince well with sponge
    Try it on a small area first
    Don't think Ther will be to much of lasting damaged done
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    There is a van we could be interested in when the time comes to change and it had fake carbon fibre graphics, they are also textured and show mark quite badly, I asked the manufacturer about cleaning them and he said there was a special cleaner for them.
    Still wouldn't have them though.

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    Being a simple bloke, I am of the opinion that if I want to wash something, it is going to involve getting it wet...

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    I stopped using the dry-wash stuff after I managed to scratch the paint down to the undercoat twice, despite using clean cloths. Mind you, the paint on the back of the van does seem to be about 1 micron thick (thanks Fiat :mad:). Maybe I should have stuck to one of the bog-standard colours and not a fancy one :(
     
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    As others have said a good proper wash with a premium car shampoo and noodle mitt, dry with drying towel and cross your fingers.
     
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    I can only endorse what Mike has said above. Wash really well then if needed post some detailed pictures and we will advise as best we can.
    Please bear in mind from my part I may not have internet for a wee while but will keep an eye out when I do.
     
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    OK so I gave it a good wash with a heavy dose of autoglym shampoo and that seemed to get rid of the majority the marks on the decals. I then git a small amount of vinyl and rubber cleaner on a cloth and wiped it over which seems to have worked. Not sure if this has cleaned it off or masked it but it looks good anyway. I reckon the decals must be vinyl and they are sort of ridged which is the problem I think.

    Thanks for all your replies.
     
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    Try and give them a wash with a strong fairy liquid mix it will get rid of the wax like a de greaser
     
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    Please don't use fairy liquid it contains salts and aggressive ingredients which unless 100 percent are washed off are detrimental to any vehicle. Mixed strong it can inflict more damage. A strong mix of car shampoo is much better (y)
     
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    Thanks Charlie that was my thoughts.
     
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