How to Remove Paint Splatter From Car: The Best Methods

There is nothing more annoying than waking up and seeing your car tainted with paint. Regardless of the cause, paint stains on the exteriors of your vehicle is not a pleasant sight. Professional automotive services can deal with this problem. However, it is still essential for you to learn how to remove paint splatter from car personally.


In this article, we listed some of the best methods to scrape off the nuisance in the surface of your vehicle. You should already know that the more you prolong the paint, the more it will stick on the car. It wouldn't take long that it will become an embellishment that you don't want to see. Therefore, you have to pay attention to this tutorial.

Method 1: Soap Treatment​

This method is the most basic approach to expel the paint splatter in your vehicle.

Things You Need

  • Liquid detergent or car solutions
  • Water
  • Clean rag or cloth

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: The first thing you have to do is to fill a bucket with water.

Step 2: Pour a mild detergent on it. Car washing solutions could also work. Mixing water with these solutions should create a soapy solution that can eliminate any paint stain​.

Step 3: After you form the solution, get a dishcloth and rag. Soak the clothing in the solution and use it in your arsenal to combat those persistent stains. If the paint is not fully dry yet, this approach is 100% effective. However, you would also have to consider the type of paint that stained your car.​

Note: If the stain just doesn't come out quickly, then there is a good chance that the paint is already there for a long time. You may need to pour some sweat to remove the splatter meticulously. Of course, expelling a dried paint is possible with the use of the water-and-soap solution. But it might take time.​

If otherwise, then you should move into another approach.​

Method 2: Nail Polish Remover​


You might laugh at the name of the method. After all, how could a nail polish remover do something against a paint splatter? At first, we were skeptic about this approach. However, many automotive technicians told that a nail polish is effective in removing paint stains in a car. But how is this possible?

People use nail polish to take out the layer of enamel that are present in the fingernails. Logically, that kind of purpose is also the same as removing paint from the finish of your car.

Things You Need

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: To do this method, you need to take a clean terrycloth towel.

Step 2: Pour the nail polish on the cloth. Afterward, wipe the wet cloth on the surface in where there are paint splatters. In fact, even gentle rubbing can take off the paint right at the moment.

Step 3: Of course, you should not forget to wash the car finish once you are done. Let your vehicle dry before you apply a wax coating. Wash it again after the application.

​Method 3: Liquid Wax

​Another effective treatment against the paint splatters is the Meguiar's Clay. This application is typically aggressive, but it doesn't harm the actual finish of your car. Instead, it can just remove any bonded contaminants of any surfaces. At this point, it would be the paint stains.

Things You Need

  • Liquid wax kit

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: The first thing you have to do is to buy the Smooth Surface Clay Kit. The kit should include a detailing spray, microfiber cloth, and a specialized wax. Specifically, the detailing spray will serve as the clay's lubricant.

Step 2: Apply the lubricant to the clay before you use the latter against the paint splatters. This method is pretty convenient and doesn't take too much of your energy. Moreover, you will appreciate that the application isn't harsh to the finish of your vehicle.​

Step 3: After applying the wax, wash the surface you worked on and let it dry thoroughly.

Method 4: Acetone​

​Acetone can also work well in removing surface stains in your car's finish. Specifically, acetone is a form of chemical solvent that you can buy in any department stores. There are a lot of practical uses for this solvent, but many don't know that is effective against paint splatters.

Things You Need

  • Acetone
  • Clean rag or cloth

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Use a clean cloth or rag and soak it in the acetone. You don't have to drench the whole cloth to the solvent. In fact, a small and inconspicuous area of the fabric is already enough as armament.

Step 2: After doing so, you have to wipe the stained area with a dry cloth (if it is somehow wet) and wait around a couple of minutes.

Step 3: Rub the affected surface with the cloth that has acetone. If the stain is still there, then continue to apply more acetone until the former gradually diminishes. Usually, the paint can be removed in a single pass. However, if the stain is thick, you may need to repeat this process immediately.

Note: You need to stop the application of acetone if you notice that it affects the paint of your car as well. It either means that the acetone is too strong or your vehicle's paint is not compatible with such solvent.

Additional Tips

As you can see, there are a lot of methods to remove paint splatters from your car. You can alternatively use any of these methods to see which one is the most effective.

Among these methods, we highly suggest that you use the liquid wax method first. This approach is a tested-and-proven technique to remove any stains in the finishing of your car. Of course, you can try those other methods we mentioned. But for starters, liquid wax is the one that can yield effective results.​

Meanwhile, it is also essential to clean your car first before doing any of these paint removal techniques. Small dust and debris, when rubbed, can cause scratches to the finish of your vehicle.

Moreover, do not forget to be attentive when applying strong solvents and solutions. They might harm the paint of your vehicle, which can become another problem on your part.​

Still, the best solution for this problem is to make sure that you keep your car away from cans of paints. Do not park your vehicle on any construction sites and remodeling areas. If you are doing a renovation in your house, store your car in a safe and clean garage.

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Anthony Ebden

He's an auto blogger. He worked as an auto mechanic for more than 5 years and his mission is to provide our readers with the best car maintenance tips, DIY guides and the most updated trends in the automotive industry.

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