How to Remove Spray Paint

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How to Remove Spray Paint

Spray paint can be a hassle to deal with, especially with those pesky kids running all over town doing what pesky kids do. Here’s how to remove spray paint from a number of materials.

Car

Be sure to test any of these solutions on a small, inconspicuous portion of your car before using it on the rest of the stained area.

  1. Apply Meguiar’s clay and follow application instructions. Use wax and microfiber cloth, and make sure that you wax your car after using.
  2. If the spray paint hasn’t fully dried yet, simple warm water with mild detergent will do.
  3. Use a rubbing compound that is easily available in most auto shops. Use a soft cloth or a slightly abrasive microfiber cloth to apply it on your car.
  4. You can also request for a product made specifically to remove spray paint from cars.
  5. Goo Off or Goo Gone are two products that are used to remove spray paint from cars.
  6. Odorless Mineral Spirits work just as well as acetone, with less harsher results.
  7. Easy Off Oven Cleaner is another surprising way to remove spray paint from your car.

Concrete

What to do with street art once it’s faded away and not quite as pretty as before? Start afresh using this technique.

  1. Apply commercial paint thinner on the affected and let it stand for 30 minutes. Use a hard brush to scrub the surface until the spray paint wears off.
  2. To remove fresher spray paint, you can use a pressure washer to wash it off. Use the highest pressure for this purpose.
  3. Methylene Chloride can also be applied directly on the affected area and washed off using a pressure washer. You can make a more thorough job by scrubbing the affected area with a hard brush.
  4. To remove older stains, used a high-powered sand blaster. Dry river sand and silica work the best for old stains.

Wood

Got spray paint on your perfect white picket fences? Never fear. There are solutions to this problem.

  1. Use denatured alcohol to rub away the stain. Put the denatured alcohol on a rag and rub on the area. This method works best for fresher paints on wood.
  2. Use sandpaper to bring the wood down to its natural state. This is for older spray paint on wood.
  3. Paint over the sandpapered area in the desired color you like.
  4. You can look for products made specially to remove spray paint from wood.

 

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