How to Remove Vinyl Paint

by Richard Kalinowski

Vinyl paint is commonly used for automobile detailing because it holds up against the elements and adheres well to the smooth metal surfaces of a car. Although vinyl paint makes for easy detailing, it also makes for difficult removal. Because it is specifically designed to be durable and strongly adhesive, vinyl paint will not come off with traditional paint removers. However, there are products available to help you with the removal process. If you follow the right steps, you can get rid of vinyl paint within just a few minutes.

Step 1

Clean the area thoroughly with soap, water and a sponge. Dirt can get in the way of the solvent, requiring multiple solvent applications for full removal.

Step 2

Blow dry the surface until it is completely dry. In some cases, the excessive heat from the blow dryer will cause portions of the paint to peel, making it even easier to remove.

Step 3

Put on rubber gloves and protective eyewear, as you always should when working with solvents.

Step 4

Apply the vinyl paint solvent. Many vinyl solvents are dually marketed as adhesive removers. A good brand to consider is Grog, primarily because it is one of the few solvents that is 100% biodegradable and odorless (according to Additionally, Grog is easy to apply using only a paintbrush or rag.

Step 5

Wait for the solvent to begin penetrating and removing the paint. When the paint starts to bubble, the solvent is has fully penetrated and is ready to be cleaned off; this process usually takes 1 to 3 minutes.

Step 6

Scrape off the paint with a plastic putty knife. Avoid using metal putty knives, as they can leave scratches.

Step 7

Wash the area again with soap and water to remove any excess solvent or paint residue.

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