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what will safely remove wax from van paintwork

Odd question to ask i know but when i bought my van Four years ago i decided to have metalic signs on both sides and on back doors . 

The Signs came with the instructions to smear beeswax or similar on the back of the signs to prevent moisture building up underneath to stop corrosion of the van paintwork 

I removed the metallic signs after a year , However the wax just wont go away despite all my attempts at the hot  jet wash and scrubbing at it , It just leaves a dirty smear which attracts more dirt . 

Is there a safe chemical that will dissolve the wax but not damage the paintwork . ? 

Thank you .

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  • PRO

    You could try panel wipe or standard thinners from your local car  paint shop.

    • PRO

      Thanks i will give these a try 

    • Paint thinnners???? NO!!!!!!

      Hope it's not too late, and you still have paint on your van. Petrol should do the trick.

      • PRO

        Thinners will not remove cured paint only wet paint. I am a qualified  vehicle sprayer and have used thinners on many vehicles to remove scuffs and over spray. It will take several hours and numerous applications of thinner to break down cured paint.

        • PRO

          I went to get some thinners from the auto shop the guy said it would be fine to use on the paint but suggested i could try some car panel paint preparation wipes for £1.49 which are designed to remove grease , they contain PC35 whatever that is smells a lot like thinners or meths . 

          They did the job , no streaks at all .



  • paraffin will clear it but then you have to clean the paraffin off wash and wax after 

  • I used Isopropyl Alcohol , works really well and cheap.

  • Acrysol is what I was recommended a few years ago from a local car paint shop, worked a treat and no paint damage.

  • WD40 perhaps?



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