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How to remove paint scuffs?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
This morning I noticed that my passenger door has some fresh new white paint scuffs on my black paint. It's even obvious where the offender rubbed on them to check what they'd done but didn't bother to leave a note. hopmad.gif

Yes, I know, I take the thing off road through trees and bushes and will scratch it up eventually but this kind just irritates me.

Anyhow, I'd like to try to get them out. I've googled but there are so many different suggestions that I'm wary of any from random internet stranger so I thought I'd check with some sort of random internet non-strangers. Any suggestions on what to try?
post #2 of 8

WD-40 Lubrication / water displacement fluid in a spray can.  May work, not sure.  I use it to remove maker from 'whiteboards'.  Non-abrasive.


Toothpaste.  Very mild abrasive and you probably have access to it right now.  Paper towel or old towel to apply and remove. 


If that fails.  Bug and Tar remover OR Rubbing Compound at the auto parts store.  More abrasive and will effect the 'clear coat' covering your paint.  Use very sparingly.

Edited by ali pine - 9/9/15 at 4:10am
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I'll give that a try. 

post #4 of 8

I would suggest using an ultra fine polish first (also available at the auto parts store).  Ordinary rubbing compound is quite abrasive -- it will remove the paint scuff but will also remove/dull your paint finish.  Whatever you use, use sparingly and do not use a buffing machine.

post #5 of 8
Start with Clay bar, then a light compound, and finish with a good polish. That will cure it if it's surface paint.
post #6 of 8

Ditto on @Coach13's advice.  You're in Lafayette so trot on over to the Adam's Premium Car Care shop in Louisville (587 So. Taylor; 1-866-965-0400) and pick up:

1. some free advice

2. Adam's Detailing Clay Bar (always good to have to remove minor imperfections and things on the paint like sap, etc.; use after washing damaged surface; spend a lot of time with this step but don't use a lot of pressure)

3. Bottle of Adam's Detail Spray (spray on surface before using clay bar to allow clay bar to move smoothly over surface)

4. Meguire's (or some other light rubbing compound); to follow clay barring

5. Adam's Paint Correcting Polish - to follow rubbing compound

6. Adam's hand car polish applicator (2 - one to apply rubbing compound, and one to apply polish)

7. some microfiber towels to dry and further polish surface

8. a good easy to apply car wax, such as Adam's Buttery Car Wax or a non-Adams product like Turtle Ice Wax, or Collonite wax - to follow polish


All good products to have on hand to keep you car looking good and protected from crap like mag chloride.


I've no affiliation with Adam's; just like their products to take care of my cars.

post #7 of 8

Depends, what you have on hand versus what you want to buy and how much effort you want to spend.

You could be there for an hour rubbing away with toothpaste, or wd40, or baking soda hoping it will get the scuff off.
Or you get it done in 5min with cutting compound.

If you want to do it right, go to auto parts store, they will have fine cutting compound, medium cutting compound etc. etc.  Suggest only get the fine/very fine and put in more elbow grease.

Then you have surface prep/ or product labeled as fine scratch remover which will smooth out the work the cutting compund did .


Then you're ready for polishes/protectants and wax to protect your work.

post #8 of 8

If it is a very light paint rub that left some of theirs but did not go through your clear coat, then a quick wipe with paint thinner on a soft cloth will fix it.  If a light, quick pressure doesn't get it off, you'll have to fall back to the more complicated "right way" described above.

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