This is Greg in the Detail Garage, and today I’m gonna show you how to remove spray paint! A note on the windshield is one thing, but this explicit spray painted message LEARN HOW TO PARK is another. The owner of this silver car didn’t want to be identified. She parked at 68th St. and Myrtle Ave. Tuesday night, and woke up to this. I know how hard it is to find spots in this neighborhood, so I would try to leave space if there was space. So it was very upsetting..
Another foul note instructing to PARK RIGHT. Police say this car was tagged overnight just two blocks away from the other. A surveillance camera at a nearby school captured this image which may be the parking vigilante, walking with spray paint. Residents want this vandal caught. We’re here in the Detail Garage and we’re gonna try to fix a major problem, and that’s spray paint vandalism. This always happens around Halloween or some crazy time of the year when kids go out and spray paint a huge car. They usually mess up a car using different color spray paints.
As a detailing professional, I’ve encountered this problem many times. Recently in the news, there was a guy going around New York City spray painting people who had bad parking etiquette. They were getting their cars spray painted with bad words all over them, and it was really messing up the whole car. This car actually got vandalized up the street in broad daylight, they actually caught him on security camera running away. They were writing some crazy word on there, but they left just some residue behind. We’re gonna try to clean off this spray paint the right way.
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If you go online you’ll see a lot of different methods for removing spray paint. Some people say to use oil, others say to use gasoline, some say to use rubbing compound. All these are really bad for the paint. If you use gasoline to take this off, it can actually stain or mark the paint from rubbing it. It can ruin clear coat or single stage paint. Another method to fix this would be to use rubbing compound. This is another bad way to remove spray paint because rubbing compound is super abrasive,.
And you’re gonna rub away all of this spray paint and scratch your paint with the tough abrasives in the rubbing compound. We’re gonna try a couple different ways to get it done right, and I’ll explain how to do it. All spray paints are differentwe don’t know what kind of spray paint this is, and we don’t know how long its been there, or if there’s any other problems with the spray paint. I’m gonna show you a few different ways of how to remove it. You always want to start with the least aggressive method.
This is some P40 detail spray in a professional bottle. I’ll try to use this first to take off the spray paint. We rubbed pretty hard, and it’s really not taking it off. It started to take a little bit off right here, but we’re putting a lot of friction on the there, and that’s just taking off some overspray residue, not the spray paint intself. Some people grab a compound, but we’ll save that to last if this next step doesn’t work. I’m gonna try a method I’ve used for a few years, and that’s using a natural carnauba wax.
This is Butter Wet carnauba wax. We’re gonna try to remove this with carnauba wax and I’ll explain why this will probably work. Carnauba wax has natural oils that break down spray paint and cleanse your paint. Butter Wet Wax is designed to cleanse and shine the paint a little bit and protect it, but those oils might help take off this spray paint, so let’s give it a try. Butter Wet Wax is a liquid wax. I like using cream or liquid waxes over spray or paste waxes because they’re easier to rub over stains on the paint.
I’m gonna go ahead and rub this on the paint. Look at what it’s doing, it’s actually taking the spray paint right off. I’ll keep working over here. You see that It’s actually removing the spray paint! Just by itself. Butter Wet Wax is pure carnauba, it has no abrasives in it it’s just a shineenhancing protectivewax. I’m not scratching the surface, it’s actually the natural carnauba oils and wax are pulling off the spray paint and cleansing the paint naturally. There are some parts that may be more stubborn, but it easily comes off.
Spray paint is often hard to remove and a lot of people often say to use compounds or heavy abrasives because spray paint actually embeds itself into the pores of the paint. Paint is actually porous, it’s got a lot of tiny little holes in the paint, and the spray paint grabs onto those pores and can actually stain the paint. People then rub it off with compound, and end up scratching the paint. But I’m easily able to take it right off. I’ll show you it’s not the pad that’s taking off the paint, I’ll show you it’s the carnauba wax.
I’ll put a little carnauba wax on my finger, and I’ll use my finger to take it off. Look how the carnauba wax breaks down the spray paint. We use ultrarefined carnauba in Butter Wet Wax. It’s super pure, 100 Brazilian, and it gives the best results. I’m taking it off right with my finger. I don’t want to sit here all day, so I’ll go back to the pad. Make sure to use a generous amount of wax since you’re using it to cleanse the paint. There are some smaller spots here that are harder to remove. They’re really embedded.
Into the paint. But I easily got them off just with the Carnauba. I’ll go ahead and buff off the carnauba wax. There we go! Look at what we’ve got. We almost got it all gone. There are some lighter spray edges on the top, I’ll go ahead and take care of those right now. But the majority of the spray paint is completely gone! It came off in just a few seconds. So if you’re one of those people in New York that got your car vandalized, or you have a crazy exgirlfriend that sprayed up your car,.
That’s not a problemdon’t even sweat about it because the carnauba wax can easily take it off! Now if somebody keyed your car that’s a little different, you might not be able to take that off as easy if it hurt the paint permanently. But spray paint is one of the easiest things to remove on a vehicle. Got that overspray off. Now I’ll get the last bit of overspray off over here. Make sure you work it into the paint, you may need to rub a little bit harder, but it.
Will break down the spray paint. This may not work on all spray paints, I have no idea what kind of spray paint this was, or how it stained the paint, or what kind of additives are in it, so sometimes you might have to use a compound. Sometimes you’ll have to use a machine polisher with a compound like V32 or a cutting polish like V36 to take off the spray paint. Spray paint is only on the top layer, so it will come off. But I can’t guarantee that the spray paint did not stain your paint.
If you get to it fast enough, it may come off very easily. We were lucky in this case because Butter Wet Wax took off all the spray paint without harming the vehicle. Plus we didn’t scratch the surface and now we have a smooth black finish. So if next Halloween your girlfriend comes to spray your car, you can easily get it off no problem. First try the leastabrasive method using our Butter Wet Wax. If that doesn’t work you can always grab a compound or polish, but always start with.
The leastabrasive method first and try Butter Wet Wax. Now you know how to remove spray paint from a car, hopefully you New Yorkers can get it off and the vandalism stops so you guys can get your cars looking great. You can easily take it off using Butter Wet Wax! If you want to check out all of our cool products, go to our website ChemicalGuys You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tips and tricks like this one on how to detail any type of vehicle.