How to Use Goo Gone on a Painted Car Surface

by Cynthia MeasomUpdated June 06, 2023
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Goo Gone, a commercial oil-based solvent and cleaner, has been deemed safe by its manufacturer for use on almost any surface, including your car's exterior paint. Whether the surface of your car is tainted with tar, oil, grease, chewing gum or decal residue, this solvent is a cleaning tool that can help you remove it if you follow the product's application instructions for hard surfaces.

Things you'll need

  • 4 clean, dry white cloths
  • 2 small containers
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Nonabrasive sponge

1. Spray it onto the surface

Spray Goo Gone directly onto the stained area located on your car's paint.

2. Let it soak

Allow the solvent to remain on the stain for three to five minutes so that it can penetrate the stain.

3. Wipe it away

Wipe the stain away with a clean, dry white cloth.

4. Fill a container with soapy water

Fill a small container with water and add three to four drops of liquid dish soap. Agitate the water with your hands to form bubbles. Fill another small container with plain water.

5. Wash the area

Dip a nonabrasive sponge into the soapy water. Squeeze the sponge gently to remove excess liquid. Wash the area that was previously cleaned with Goo Gone to remove any oily residue from the paint.

6. Rinse and dry the cleaned area

Dip a clean, dry cloth into the container of plain water. Squeeze gently to remove extra water. Rinse the cleaned area to remove soap residue. Dry the area with a clean, dry cloth.


If the sprayer doesn't work on your bottle or you purchased a smaller size that doesn't include a sprayer, pour 1 tsp. of Goo Gone into a small container. Dip a section of a clean, dry cloth into the cleaner and apply it to the stained area.

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