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How To Remove Paint From Car

How To Remove Paint From Car

It's not as hard as you think! This Videojug clip will show you how to easily remove paint defects from your car without doing any damage to the bodywork.

Removing defects from bodywork - we've got some marks on this rear arch. Sometimes you can get away with just putting a bit of T-cut on them, compounding them up and that'll remove them, for light scratches this normally isn't good enough. We have some scratches up here which we'll have a go at removing.

What I've got is some Wet & Dry paper, this one is 2000 so it's very, very fine. So fine, I think probably the inside bit is coarser than the outside. So, with that 2000 paper, get a nice little pad on there and rub it over the area.

Lubricate it. The trouble you're going to have is you don't want to rub down to far, because if you go through the lacquer it'll show up even worse than the scratch will. So the idea is to rub it down as much as you possibly can do without going through and then let the compound do the rest of the work.

If you look at that, most of that scratch is gone, but it's still there underneath. I'm not keeping it in one place, I'm moving it around, if you keep it in one place it's like a tramline going through there which isn't what you want, you want it so it all feathers in nicely. So you work it over an area.

If you've got old paint, you lick over the top with that and then polish it afterwards. Because of the material that's on there, I can't do it this way, but in general if that was paint, you'd do it exactly the same way. Then from there, get your T-cup or your compound, it needs to be quite strong abrasive, wax is not strong enough.

It needs to be some sort of cutting abrasive. On your cloth - scrub away. Same thing, don't just do the little area there that needs to be done, circular or with a straight motion work the material in.

We would probably use a machine on this one, we use a polishing machine that will take all those marks off. But you can do it by hand. Once you've finished the repair look at it.

Now, from straight on that looks fine, but from the side I can still see the scratch marks from the 2000 Wet & Dry so because of that I'm going to do it again. I don't know if that's picking that up on the camera or not. Loads of elbow grease - scrub away at it & just keep polishing until the compound disappears.

Once the compound has disappeared, wipe it over then use a clean bit of cloth & take any other residue away. On the bit of paint on the vehicle, same thing with the compound - get your compound on there. Scrub away.

Once you get rid of all the paint, you might find a scratch behind there, which then needs to be rubbed down with the fine paper then polished up again. Same thing applies, once you've finished polishing it up take your clean cloth to buff it up. Look at what you've done, not just straight on, look down the side and make sure there's no flat areas that you might've missed.

The top area of the scratch is 10 times better than what the bottom area is. Obviously, you just carry on working at that, as I say do not rub down too far and go through the lacquer as it will show as a big ring. That is how to remove paint and get your bodywork looking nice and shiny.

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