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Has anyone ever tried to buff out paint splatter from their vehicle. I was stuck in traffic traveling behind a waste management eighteen wheeler while it was dropping fluid out the back. There is minor black paint splatter all over my gray hood, side pillars and even on the roof. I tried googling some tricks, but nothing worked. Any ideas? I was thinking of taking it to a local detailing shop to see if they can buff/polish it out.
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Have you tried a clay bar? Or "synthetic clay"?


I have used both products and they will remove quite a number of contaminants from automotive finishes.
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Another thing to try is a Magic Eraser. We have an expert detailer on here though that could give you the best advice. Reach out to @pdqgp
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Magic Eraser is the one I usually hear about, goo-begone may also work.

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Another thing to try is a Magic Eraser. We have an expert detailer on here though that could give you the best advice. Reach out to @pdqgp

Best thing is a PLASTIC Razor Blade and some detail spray to act as lube. Make sure it's a fresh blade and you'll be fine. It should pop right off as you push the blade under it. Clay should take off the misc small specs.

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My wife ran through a trail of paint on the roadway a few months after a paint can must have fallen off the back of a truck. She was driving our black Audi Allroad, and both left tires picked up the paint, the color which I nicknamed "Pink Panther", and flung it into the wheel wells, the gray cladding, and some of the black paint. After power washing what I could, I still had some paint splatter remaining.

I recall in my Honda motorcycle dealership days, the Service guys used Honda Contact/Brake Cleaner extensively, because this particular cleaner did not harm the paint.


I picked some up, sprayed it on a paper towel, and then rubbed it on the paint splats. Little by little, the Pink Panther paint came off. I spent a long evening spraying paper towels with this Contact Cleaner, but eventually all the paint came off, and the original finish on the cladding and the body panels was not harmed. Unfortunately, the fabric fender liners had to be removed and replaced with new ones, as I could not get all the paint off the fabric. Additionally, the tires were nearly worn, and the rubber in the tread grooves held onto the paint, so I opted for four new tires.

YMMV - I'd try on a small area and see if it produces the same results as I experienced.

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