How To Remove Paint From A Car

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Extremely minor collisions, or simply rubbing up against another vehicle, can cause paint to transfer onto your car. When this happens, your car's aesthetic is ruined, and there is a large unsightly mark that stands out from the rest of your vehicle's paint job. Instead of simply painting over the area, you can remove the paint that has rubbed off onto your car. This is a fairly simple process that you can do at home with the right tools

Before You Begin

You'll need a sponge, a bucket of warm soapy water, several soft cloths, car wax, and lacquer thinner. All of these items can be found at most hardware or automotive stores if you do not have them already at home.

Removing Paint from a Car

Clean the affected area thoroughly with the sponge soaked in soapy water. This removes any dirt and contaminants, making it easier for the lacquer thinner to work, and preventing any scratches to your paint job.

Dry the area off with a soft cloth. Then, apply a small amount of lacquer thinner to the cloth (not to the car itself – this can cause damage to the paint job if the lacquer thinner is allowed to sit).

Gently rub the cloth into the area that has paint stuck on it in a circular motion, taking care to not rub too much on the rest of the vehicle. You should see paint start to come off onto the cloth.

You may need to reapply the lacquer thinner several times until the paint is completely removed from your vehicle. Do not increase the strength that you are scrubbing with, but simply continue gently rubbing with clean sections of the cloth until it is completely removed.

Once the paint has been removed, use a damp cloth to wipe away any remaining lacquer thinner to prevent it from eating away at the paint job. Then, go over it with the sponge soaked in soapy water once more to ensure that the area is totally clean.

Dry the area with a dry cloth, and double check the area. If there is no remaining paint, you can simply apply wax and buff the area so that it shines like new. If there are still small spots of paint remaining, reapply the lacquer thinner to a dry cloth and repeat the process until the entirety of the area is free from transferred paint.

For professional help, contact a local auto body shop.

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