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How To Remove Paint From Car

Owning a four wheeler is the dream of many a middle income families, a necessity for a big family, a status symbol for a business man and a sheer display of power and luxury for a millionaire. Irrespective of the purpose, a car is a man’s most prized possession and caring for it needs to be his priority. However, accidents are inevitable and what can be more depressing to see your pride on wheels out of shape or color? A wrong paint job can make your car look very unattractive and unlikable. It might so happen that while painting your car or applying a touch up, some other areas might get painted leading to an uneven look. Sometimes the paint might even spill accidently over your car. All these situations require the paint of your car to be stripped off completely. Nevertheless, removing the paint from the car in the right way is what will help give your car the desired finish. Mentioned below are a few tips on removing paint from a car effortlessly and correctly. Read on to learn more.

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Removing Paint From Car

Removing Paint Using Soapy Water
Prepare a bucket of lukewarm soapy water to strip out the paint from your car. Use only a mild detergent or a car wash shampoo for the purpose. Take a dish washing scrub, dip it in the soapy water and scrub it over the paint meticulously. This is one of the most effective methods to get rid of the spray paint from the car. The sooner you try this method after painting, the finer the result will be.

Removing Paint Using Paint Thinner
A paint thinner can also be used effectively to get rid of the paint from your car’s body. You can make use of kerosene, turpentine, gasoline or even a nail polish remover to get rid of the paint from your car. Pour out one of these thinning solutions onto a clean cloth and rub it over the area you want to remove the paint from. You will notice the paint getting transferred to the cloth. Continue rubbing the cloth with the thinning agent to get rid of the paint entirely. If you notice that the colour is not getting transferred to the cloth, it means to say that the thinner is insufficient.

Removing Paint Using Rubbing Compounds
If your car is coated with acrylic or lacquer paint, you will have to make use of this method. Make use of a good quality car rubbing compound and a buffer not over 2500 to 3000 rpm. A buffer higher than 3000 rpm might burn the paint, leaving behind ugly marks especially in case of dark colored cars. You have to apply the rubbing compound first and then use a buffer. This method is also useful in removing paint scratches from the car.

Removing Paint Using Sand Paper
You can also make use of 800 grit sandpaper to remove the paint from your car’s body. Sand the paper continuously over the paint for few minutes. Now take 1000 grit sandpaper and rub it continuously for few minutes. Next you will have to repeat the process with 1500 grit sandpaper and then a 2000 grit sandpaper to get rid of the paint completely. You can also use wet sandpaper effectively for the job.

Removing Paint Using Media Blasting
Media blasting is another useful way to strip off paint from your car. However, you will have to remove glass and rubber fixtures from the vehicle as the media blasting might cause damage to these objects. There are different types of media available such as the ‘glass beads’; ‘baking soda’, ‘sand’ etc. Choose the one that best suits your requirement. Fill in the media blasting equipment with the media of your choice and spray it over your car at a consistent speed. This process should be carried out in a well ventilated area as this process generates a lot of heat.

Removing Paint Using Chemical Stripping
Chemical stripping should also be carried out after removing all the glass and rubber fixtures from the car. Pour a sufficient amount of aircraft stripper on the surface you want the paint to be removed from and let it stand for a minute. This will cause the paint to eventually lift which can later be removed using a putty knife.

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