There’s nothing as annoying as having your car’s paintwork destroyed by house paint. The splatter of house paint on the bodywork of your car will stick out like a sore thumb while you drive to work.
Many car owners faced with this problem have tried removing house paint on their cars by visiting the local car wash to no avail. So, how do you remove house paint from a car? To find out, you need to first understand the different types of paint used on cars.
Removing house paint from your car
You must take extra care when removing any type of paint from your car. This will help to prevent any damage to the car’s finish. Removing house paint from your car shouldn’t be a difficult task.
Most new cars have a clear coat finish which can be easily damaged because they’re soft. Unless you’re an expert, you should avoid using rubbing or buffing compounds on clear coat paint.
You should try the following instead. Purchase a bottle of Goof-Off paint remover from the local depot and a clay bar and detail spray from an auto store. Wash the car thoroughly with water to get rid of all dust and grime that may be on the car’s surface.
You shouldn’t use force when cleaning surface dirt or loose stuff while washing the car. Also, don’t pick at the paint blotches.
After cleaning the car, rinse it with clean water and leave it out to dry. Using a cotton pad or rag sparingly apply the Goof-Off paint remover on bigger paint spots. This can be done without applying a lot of pressure until you get rid of a majority of the blotches.
To remove the remaining paint blotches, spray the detail spray on the affected area. Use the clay bar in straight back and forth motions to clear house paint from your car. This shouldn’t be done in circles but straight lines. You can gently dry the area with a soft towel. This process can be repeated until you clear any paint-blotched areas.
Using the clay bar on the entire car will leave your paint clean and ready for waxing. The paint will also look new since the clay will take away most surface dirt attached to your car’s finish. After clearing all paint blotches, wash the car again, dry it, and wax to protect the paint.
The different types of car paint
There are various types of car paint available on the market. If you’re a car owner, you should know how these are used, particularly if you’re considering to repaint your car. Several types of paint are used to achieve the perfect finish and give a car the glossy shine. The following are the most common types of paint used on car exteriors.
Undercoat finishes/primers: These usually come in either black or grey and are used to prepare the car’s surface in readiness for painting. Just like the undercoat used on house walls, primers are used to help create a binding layer between metal and paint. Spray paint primers also help in preventing the car’s bodywork from rusting due to moisture.
Basecoat paints: This is the actual paint that you’ll see in your car. To stay protected from the elements, base coats will need to be used with a clear coat or a urethane base coat. Using two coats always gives a better shine and offers more protection.
Acrylic lacquers: Antique and classic car owners are more familiar with this type of paint which has been discontinued by most manufacturers. Acrylic lacquer paint gives the best gloss on a vehicle. Its mostly used on showroom vehicles and isn’t recommended for use on cars driven daily. This is because it doesn’t offer much protection.
Clearcoat finishes: Clear coat paint doesn’t contain any color or pigment. It mostly uses specialized chemicals that allow it to adhere to flexible components. It contains UV inhibitors that help prevent ultraviolet rays from the sun that can cause the vehicle’s color to fade.
Specialty paints: Besides the aforementioned paints used on car exteriors, specialty paints are available for use. Metallic finish paints or chameleon paints are some examples of specialty paints used on vehicles. Chameleon paints give the illusion of sparkling or changing colors on your vehicle.