How To Remove Spray Paint From Car In Different Ways [VIDEO GUIDE]
If you have woken up to find your car marred with spray paint, perhaps by a bunch of cheeky kids, there’s no telling how upset you might be feeling right now. Maybe you applied new white paint on the car just last week, and now it’s ruined with several lines of red spray paint. Well, don’t panic because there are a few ways in which you can remove the spray paint.
Read on because in this article, we will show you some of the most effective methods of removing spray paint from your car using inexpensive, readily accessible products.
1st Technique: Detailing clay
The abrasive nature of the detailing clay is what we’re going to utilize to remove the spray paint. Used properly, detailing clay removes the paint without hurting the clear coat.
Consider using the Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit, as it comes with detailing spray to further minimize the chances of the clay scratching the car’s paint. This kit also includes a microfiber towel and some wax for the job.
Where to get it? Online or at your local auto parts shop.
Steps to follow:
Note: as you rub the clay in your hands over the paint, it will get covered in the contaminant, and you will have to fold it and knead it again to expose a less contaminated part.
Using detailing clay causes the wax to come off, so apply a new coat of wax to keep the clear coat shining and protect the car’s paint job.
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Let’s move on to the next method.
2nd Technique: Nail polish remover or acetone
What we need here is acetone, but since you may not have that on hand, you can go for nail polish remover that contains acetone.
Acetone is the product that removes the enamel (upper layer of the nail) off. As the finish of your car’s paint job is like the enamel of your nails, the acetone will work the same way to remove the car’s finish.
Look at the ingredients list on the side of the bottle, and see if there’s acetone in there. The higher the percentage of acetone, the greater the effectiveness of that nail polish remover.
Steps to follow:
Tip: ensure the towel stays wet at all times, and when it starts drying out, add some more nail polish. This will prevent the towel from scratching the clear coat.
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3rd Technique: Carnauba wax
Liquid carnauba wax contains oils that break spray paint down. Amazingly, the oil doesn’t harm the car’s paint or the clear coat; it only removes the spray paint.
Where to get carnauba wax? Online stores or local mechanic parts store.
Steps to follow:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. The spray paint seems completely dried up. How do I remove it?
One tactic would be to use nail polish remover that contains acetone but if that doesn’t cut it, apply baking soda to a damp towel and rub that on the affected areas. If there are still stains remaining, use the detailing clay method. We’re quite certain the stains will be gone by the time you’re done.
2. What can I do if the spray paint doesn’t come off completely?
We’re positive that the methods explained above will work but if the car is especially marred with spray paint and waxing, clay detailing, or acetone doesn’t work effectively, then try wet sanding. It’s a more reliable method, but it requires a little more work and time.
3. How can I get spray paint off plastic?
Applying detailing clay would be a great way to do it.
4. They applied spray paint on my headlights. How do I remove that?
Sorry to hear that. Use fine grit sandpaper, perhaps 1200-grit or higher, to wet sand the headlights. Wet sand meaning that you need to apply a lubricant like soapy water on the headlights prior to sanding.