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Old 09-08-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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Question How do I remove house paint from my car?

I picked up a used miata last week. Theres a decent amount of splatter/spray and lines of house paint on the passenger side of the car. Massive amounts under the car and in the wheel wells, but I don't care about those areas. Its from when the old owner drove through a puddle of wet house paint.... at speed... 'a few years ago'....

I tried using some rubbing compound on a few of the smaller splatter marks, it worked with a lot of time and effort. I also tried using a clay bar, that did nothing. The paint is thick, its not feasible to use rubbing compound to get all of it off. I was thinking of trying goof-off, but I'm afraid it might etch the clear coat or something.

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Or perhaps first hand experience of what did or didn't work?

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Old 09-09-2010, 12:44 AM   #2
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Goo gone?

I bet the paint is oil based...
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:53 AM   #3
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Do we know if goo-gone is safe for the clear coat?

I dont want to find out the hard way that it will take off the house paint and the clear coat....

I understand the wax will be removed, but I plan on waxing it right after getting the tan house paint off of the silver car.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:54 AM   #4
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depending on the paint...try acetone. or thinner. if those dont work....wet sand buff it =/
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:01 AM   #5
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Acetone... hmm got plenty of that in the garage...

I'll try putting some of that on a rag and rubbing the paint off tomorrow. See if that works...
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:20 AM   #6
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Generally when I see people that have swapped paint due to running into something or bumpers colliding it can be buffed off.

Find a friend or a local detailer that can buff it for you.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:42 AM   #7
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if you're going to use "goof-off" be careful not to rub to hard/much, let it sit/soak or over saturate the rag. Just use caution and wash the area right after you're finished.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:33 PM   #8
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Well just for an update, acetone and goof-off didn't work. Goof-off would, but you had to soak small areas for over five minutes and then rub like no tomorrow... not time effective at all...

I was able to get it off using an 'eraser wheel' from a body shop. I had one from a previous adventure and figured I'd give it a try... It worked wonders.
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