This is one of those posts that I never planned on having to write but a few weeks ago someone decided to spray paint the side of my car for me. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite the look I was going for so I reached out to my friends on Facebook to see if they had any tips for how to get spray paint off a car.
I got lots of ideas from a Magic Eraser, to paint thinner, brake cleaner, acetone and more. I happened to have a Magic Eraser so that was the first thing I tried. Fortunately it did start to take the spray paint off but unfortunately it also started to scratch off the clear coat on my car. 🙁 So I quickly nixed the Magic Eraser.
The next thing I thought I’d try was nail polish remover. I remembered that when our countertop fabricator installed the marble in our kitchen, he used pure acetone to get off any unwanted spots. I figured if it worked on a high maintenance stone like marble, than it was worth trying on my car.
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I didn’t have pure acetone but I did have some nail polish remover that had a high percentage of acetone in it. I also grabbed my Norwex window cloth because it’s fibers are really fine and I knew it wouldn’t scratch the paint.
I placed the window cloth over a few of my fingers and poured a little nail polish remover on it. Then I lightly rubbed my fingers, in a circular motion over the damaged area on my car. To my amazement it started coming off and it wasn’t damaging the paint on my car!
It was a tedious process but I wanted to be careful and not push too hard and damage my clear coat (again). I found that if I kept the window cloth wet with the acetone that the spray paint came off really easily. If I let it dry up a little than it wasn’t as effective.
You can see how the spray paint basically transferred to my window cloth. Some spots came off easier than others but it took me about 10 minutes, rubbing in a circular motion, to get the entire sprayed area clean.
I was really impressed with how easily the nail polish remover took the spray paint off but even after I was finished I still had the scratched spot from the Magic Eraser. 🙁 I called a local body shop and asked them if I could bring it down for them to look at, to see if they had anything that would recover my clear coat. Lucky for me they did! The guy at the body shop brought out some sort of rubbing compound that restored the damaged area in no time!
So the thing I learned about getting spray paint off your car is to try out any product you use, in an inconspicuous area first! After you know it works, then start working on the damaged area. I recommend trying acetone first, or if you don’t have it then use nail polish remover, because it took the paint right off my car.
I’m super thankful for my Facebook friends and their helpful suggestions because I thought I was going to have to take it to a body shop and spend hundreds of dollars to have the spray paint taken off!
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