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Removing Road Line Paint

Q. Well, I have been searching the net for about three days now trying to find a way to remove the paint they use to paint the lines on the road off my car. My wife didn't see the cones I guess and drove over very fresh road paint. Now I have this caked all along the passenger side of my car.

Removing Road Line Paint

This would not be as much of a problem if it were only a little bit, but this is caked all along the passenger side. I don't want to have to pay someone to sand and paint it. I would rather remove this myself. This happened only a little while ago and so it is still a little soft. The only suggestion I have gotten is to use a compressor powered buffing wheel with a cut polish. I would like to see if there is something else I can try.

Thank you in advance,
Mike

A. This has always been a tough problem to handle. You have to remove one layer of paint without damaging the layer underneath.

There are a few things you can try to get it off. If the paint is fairly heavy, you can try, very carefully, getting under an edge with a razor blade and see if it will peel off. Road paint does not stick very well to an enamel base paint and if you have enough "bite" it should peel off easily. You can go to a parts store and get plastic razor blades that will minimize any possible damage to the finish. You can use a hair dryer to soften up the road paint somewhat, but be careful It will also soften the cars paint.

Another thing to try is a product called SofScrub, or something like that, working a small area at a time. Go to a supermarket and look in the cleaning aisle for those sponges that are used for teflon pans. I can't think of the brand name, but they are two tone green. One side is course and the other is a like a regular sponge. Hot water will give better results than cold.

The trick is to find a chemical that will take the latex off and not the trucks finish. Rubbing compound is a good choice. Work it on the paint until it starts to come off. You can try a hardware store for a latex paint remover. Test it, or any chemical you try, on a spot that can't be seen, like the underside of the hood. Mineral spirits may stain the finish and I would stay away from any solvents like lacquer thinner.

No matter what method you use, it's going to take a lot of work to remove that paint. When you are done, give the truck a good washing and a good coat of wax.

A professional detailer or body shop is the ideal way to go.

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