How to Remove Paint From a Car Finish

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Paint transfer from other cars or objects to your car is an annoyance and one that is often best remedied by a professional buffing. However, there are a handful of methods that you may try before having to make the investment in professional help. On a cautionary note however, when applying anything to the finish of your car, be wary of inflicting unintentional damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Goof Off
  • Paint thinner
  • Magic eraser
  • Clay bar
  • Clean soft towel
  • Liberally dampen the paint mark with the rubbing alcohol, then allow it to sit for a moment. Wipe off the excess paint with your towel. Repeat as necessary.

  • Using a cotton swab, lightly apply paint thinner or Goof Off to the paint area, thoroughly moistening it. Use your towel to wipe the paint from the car finish.

  • Apply a dampened Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or equivalent product to the affected area on the car. Rub lightly, as you want to have contact only with the offending paint and not the car's clear coat.

  • Hold the clay bar with the side of the bar in contact with the non-native paint. Rub lightly back and forth, pausing periodically to check on your progress.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some of these methods may not be appropriate for use on your car's clear coat. Read package instructions thoroughly or test on a discreet area prior to applying in a visible location.

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