The paint used to line the roads is formulated to dry quickly, but sometimes, quickly isn't fast enough. Sometimes, the crews painting the roads don't put signs up warning you of the wet paint that lines the roads you're driving on and you get home to find the sides of your car splattered with yellow and white paint. You can get the paint off if you know how to do it, and here you will learn just that.
- Pressure washer
- Hot water
- Quality auto wash soap
- Auto wax
Step 1: Pressure Wash Immediately
If you have caught the problem quickly, you may be able to get most, if not all, of the paint off with a good pressure washing. Try to keep the paint-damaged surfaces wet as you work around your vehicle by spraying the entire surface and then working to remove the spots for a bit. The more you can get off with the pressure washer, the less time you will have to spend hand-cleaning the paint off your car.
Tip: Try to work in a shady area to slow the drying process as you work.
Step 2: WD-40 Treatment
WD-40 spray lubricant will work to soften any paint that has dried on your car. Use the hose nozzle to spray the WD-40 directly on each spot of paint. Let it sit for a couple of hours in a shady area. Return to the vehicle to pressure wash it again. You will see some of the paint washing away easily. Repeat the process a few times before giving up on this easy method of road-paint removal.
Step 3: Use Vaseline
If the WD-40 didn't remove all of the paint, it's time to break out the jar of Vaseline. Rub the Vaseline on each remaining paint spot and leave it on for a few hours or overnight. You can leave the Vaseline on the car for several hours without worrying about it damaging the auto paint. The Vaseline will work to soften the paint and make it possible to remove it.
Step 4: Wash and Wax the Car
Once you have successfully removed the road paint, fill your bucket with hot water and use your sponge, rags, and auto soap to give the car a good washing from top to bottom. Then, apply a fresh coat of auto wax to revive the shine. Alternatively, you could take your car to a specialty car wash.
If these steps were unsuccessful in removing the road-paint, talk with your auto cleaning professional for assistance.