How to Remove a Rubber Mark From Auto Body Paint

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Rubber marks can be an eyesore on your car's paint finish. Fortunately, rubber marks can usually be completely removed, without leaving behind scratches or marks. The rubber is a soft compound and doesn't actually scratch or scuff the finish; it only leaves its mark on the outer layer. A clay bar is the most effective auto detailing method to remove rubber marks and other paint imperfections.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay bar
  • Clay lubricant
  • Microfiber towel
  • Wash your car using a mild detergent or soap. Thoroughly spray it off and allow it to dry completely.

  • Spray a few mists of clay lubricant on the marked area. Wipe the mark a few times with the clay bar. After a few cycles, knead the bar to make sure you are working with a fresh clay surface.

  • Wipe the area clean with a microfiber towel after each application. Apply lubricant after each application. Repeat the process until the rubber mark is gone. It should only take a few applications, depending on the size and depth of the mark.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't feel comfortable using a clay bar, you can try a bug and tar remover. Several companies sell a solvent that removes tar and buildup. This may help you remove the rubber mark, but it will take more effort than with the clay bar.
  • Do not use the clay bar if you accidentally drop it or use it on another surface. Immediately discard it. Clay bars pick up almost everything; using it after contamination could harm your finish.

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