How to Remove Someone Else's Paint From Your Car

by Jenny Carver

When the surface of another car scrapes or rubs against your car, the paint from the other car may be left behind on your car’s surface. The paint stands out against your car’s surface and looks unattractive. Removing paint usually takes harsh chemicals that also damage the paint on your car. There is a safe way to remove someone else’s paint from your car in just a short amount of time without harming your car’s paint.

1

Park the car in a shaded area out of direct sunlight. Wash your car with car soap and a soft sponge. Rinse the car and let it dry completely. Use a chamois or cotton towel to speed the drying process.

2

Spray the area with the other paint with spray detailer to wet the surface. Rub a clay bar across the area from the front to rear of the car, not up and down. The clay bar is made to pick up primer and paint from the smooth surface of painted cars.

3

Fold the clay bar as many times as needed to continue putting a clean area of the bar against your car. Spray more detail spray if the surface becomes dry. The clay bar must be able to glide across the surface to pick up the other paint.

4

Spray more detail spray over the clean area and wipe it with a microfiber cloth to clean the area. This can be done on the entire car.

Tip

  • check Ask your mechanic for a free advice on which step you should take.

Warning

  • close Don’t use the clay bar if you drop it in the dirt. The dirt particles can scratch the clear coat of your car. Throw the contaminated clay bar away and use a new one.

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About the Author

Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including lovetoknow.com, autotropolis.com, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.