How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)

How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)

Hey guys Chrisfix here today I’m going to show you how to safely remove paint transfer from your car’s paint just a little backstory I was parked all the way in the back of a parking lot… Like all the way in the back away from any cars there Is literally nobody around me So there’s no chance anyone would open their door and hit my car or back up into it or something like that and well after A nice dinner [I] come out to see my car like this it just stinks to know that you could do all you can to Take care of your car, and somebody will still manage to damage you and the worst part for me Is that they don’t even have the respect to own up to their mistake listen everybody makes mistakes? Just put a note on my car saying “Hey, I messed up. Here’s my number Let’s work something out,” but instead. They just took off anyhow now that that’s out of my system. Don’t let this ruin your day if this happens to you because I’m going to show you how to safely remove paint transfer without damaging your own car’s paint Underneath and after you’re done following this your paint is going to look good as new to remove paint transfer the first step is to Understand what paint transfer actually is and it is exactly how it sounds in this case a white car hit my car and [their] white Paint Transferred onto my car’s paint now the paint on your car has three main layers The first coat is a primer that goes over the bare metal of the car The second coat is the base coat which is the paint that gives your car its color and the third coat we have a clear coat Which protects the paint and gives it its glossy shine this is the thickest paint layer and the final layer really isn’t a paint layer But I wanted to include it [because] it’s important, and it’s a protection [layer] called the wax layer which helps fill in small imperfections It also helps protect against light scratches and watermarks most of the time paint transfer will be Embedded into the clear coat since clear coat is designed to protect the base coat, and that’s what I’m hoping for here But we won’t know until we remove the paint transfer sometimes the damage is Deeper now There are many techniques for [removing] paint transfer But I’m going to show you how to use products that you could easily find at home So if the paint transfer is very minor And isn’t bad at all you could use some rubbing compound then scratch remover and then buff it with a microfiber towel [and] that should remove any light paint transfer, but since we have a pretty thick layer [of] paint transfer We’re going to use a different strategy [the] first thing we’re going to want to do is we’re going to want to Soften the paint Transfer and to soften the paint transfer, we’re going to use WD-40 now WD-40 has about 50% Mineral spirits in it which is going to Soften the paint Slightly but not enough to cause damage to the rest of the clear coat on the corvette and then we’re going to be using one [of] these magic erasers, which is a very fine spongy abrasive And this is going to skim over the clear coat but grab on to our damage So it’s perfect to remove paint transfer after we remove the paint transfer We’re just going to use [some] soapy water a microfiber towel wipe [down] the whole area to remove the WD-40 and any Contaminants if you’re a perfectionist like myself you could also use clay bar But that’s optional [you] don’t have to use it and then finally you want to add a protective layer of wax on the area that You just worked on and that’s all there is to it and just in case [if] the damage is deeper than we expect I do have some touch-up paint to figure out what color touch-up Paint your car needs typically if you look in the door jamb over here there’ll be a sticker or if it’s not over there It’ll be right over here and on this sticker It’ll give you a paint code so you can match up the correct color paint hopefully we won’t even need touch-up paint but we won’t know until we begin so let’s get started first you want to apply the WD-40 only in the area of the paint transfer try not to get it on the rest of your car’s paint the WD-40 is going to soften that paint transfer as well as lubricate the surrounding paint now that that’s done Soak the Magic eraser in Warm water and you want to carefully start scrubbing the paint transfer the Magic eraser is just an abrasive Foam which is going to start removing the Paint Transfer but if you press too hard You could start removing your own clear coat which isn’t good so make sure you focus the scrubbing on the paint transfer only notice I’m following the grain of the damage as I scrub so the damage was horizontal I’m scrubbing horizontal, and this is really going to help that abrasive foam pull that paint transfer up I’m going to use another application at WD-40 and this is going to lubricate the surface some more as well as [soften] the rest of this paint transfer and with just a little [bit] more scrubbing wipe it down with our cloth and Take a look at that. I can’t even see where the damage was which is such a relief But we aren’t done yet now one thing you want to pay close attention to with this abrasive foam is when you’re using this and you’re Rubbing off that paint transfer you might see the color of the paint transfer on here Which is okay what you don’t want to see is you don’t want to see the color of your car on this phone that means? That you’re digging through that clear coat and digging into the base coat with this abrasive foam so if you see that focus the foam Specifically on the paint trance and don’t press as hard you don’t want to dig into your clear coat [alright] So remember where your damage was it was right around here And we have a few quick things left that we need to do the first thing We have to do is remove the wD-40 from our paint. So get some soapy water and wipe it down And I know it’s kind of hard to see but [you] might have caught a glimpse of some of this damage right here [this] wasn’t from the paint transfer This is from like a rock chip or something that was on there in the past, and that’s been touched up already So I’m not going to touch it now we want to apply a protective layer of wax since it was removed But if you really want to go the extra mile before you add the wax get some clay bar Spray it down with some detailer and just clay bar the surface by sliding the clay bar across the lubricated surface And that’s going to pick up any contamination that there might [have] been in this paint. [we’ll] wipe that down and This surface is looking awesome Then all you have to do is wax on Wait a couple of minutes Wax off and we are done, so we went from this to this What a relief now That’s how you remove paint transfer from your car and the top tip for this video is invest in one of these [dash] cameras they hang right next to your rear [view] mirror and then you capture everything on this and If somebody bumps your car this goes off and saves the footage I could have grabbed that guy’s license plate Justice could have been served so don’t be like me don’t wait It’s a good investment, [and] I’ll give you a lot [of] peace [of] mind [I’ll] run it in both my vette and I use one in my truck [and] [trust] me when I say these things are worth every penny and with that hopefully this video was helpful If it was remember to give it a thumbs up [also] consider subscribing

100 thoughts on “How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)

  1. This video saved me a $900 paint correction bodywork quote! I purchased $45 in materials and spent 2 hours removing white paint off of my dark blue car and all that's left is a small dent. Great video!

  2. Hey man I have a 91 Camaro and there is a square indent on the bumper with a permanent mark, any ideas on how to get it out ?

  3. Some countries have such small parking spaces that if 2 cars parked within their lanes. The 3rd car who wanted to park between them still cant enter in a way that allows you to and them to open doors.
    Resulting in those door bruises.

  4. thats the worst isn't it? i park really far away from places i go, in order to keep my car from getting dents or scratches.. even when theres a million spots around.. someone parks next to me. Ive witnessed someone open their door and ding my car.. when i parked really far away, luckily they paid for the damages. Ive got scuff mark on my car, no clue how it got there but its there… also some scratches on the clear coat, like someone rubbed up against the car lol. Regardless how safe a spot i feel like im parking.. some idiot will damage the car.

  5. Big fan, Chis. Question: what is the material that the white scuff happen on? I have a plastic bump with some scuffs on my Cruze. Will this method work on plastic bumper covers? Thanks!

  6. Most of the time it's not a mistake when you have a nice car such as ours you have to deal with this on a daily basis, hell I was at work one day go and get off of work and I got to deal with a double wide truck up on my driver door which my car is very small and im 6ft 5inches tall, but I had to climb from the passenger seat all the way to the driver seat just to get in my car because of some ignorant piece of sh!t, not only that he scratched my side of my mirror because of how close he parked…. people are becoming more ignorant as days pass by, you cant have nothing nice without someone getting mad jealous and starting drama over it…

  7. Following the steps from your video, I easily removed a thick red paint scuff from my car, although there are some nicks in the paint, at least they'll match some of the other battle scars previously inflicted in Costco's parking lot. Thanks to your tutorial, It saved me lots of time and aggravation repairing it.

  8. Your video changed saved my life! Does this work even on white cars with black scuffs, I wish I could post pictures in ur comment section

  9. In the skit where your car was at the mall parking lot was that crossgates in Albany NY? It looks very familiar

  10. Deja vu one week ago. I have a torch red C5 Corvette and had a lady try to buff my front left corner with her grey Sienna. I scraped the grey paint and black rubber marks from her tire off with my finger nail before I used the WD-40 and eraser. It came out great. Thanks for the video!

  11. Have you ever thought of making a video on small dents and stuff like that? (There’s some on my camaro that are bugging me lol)

  12. Wow! That worked great! I did this on my car after rubbing the side on the garage door! Looks brand new, thank you Chris!

  13. It worked!!!! Amazing tip!!! For the first time in my life, I am writing a review cause this worked like a charm. Thanks so much!!!!

  14. I watched this video 2 years ago, never thought I'd ever need it. But here i am watching it again because of some jerk who hit the side my rear bumper. What other sponges could i use other than that specific magic eraser sponge?.

  15. THANK YOU Sooooooooooo MUCH for posting this informative video!!!! A dirty bastard scuffed my Beemer Z4 and left white paint on it. I got it ALL Rubbed out thanks to you!

  16. This is helpful. My neighbor always park halfway in my spot so today i grabbed the 3$ worth of material to fix paint transfer and did one on his car and went oh sorry don't worry i'll fix it now he's parking in his spot only🤣

  17. Got my first car a few months back and am now able to drive myself, but back on my learners I had the same thing happen and my neighbour pointed it out to me, it was really devastating and its really cut deep into the bumper, I'm unsure if this method would work but I enjoy watching! Keep it up 🙂

  18. Hey thank you man for the video and showing me how to remove paint transfer. Just 10 minutes ago I was at the carwash and I bumped into one of those yellow poles and I had yellow paint transfer on my white car and I just followed this video and it came right off like it never even happened. You're a real headache savor.

  19. Hey friends … I love love love Mr. Eraser … I use it for everything when I can't removed a mark: walls, switch plates, stainless steel fridge, all kinds of car stuff. One drawback is it gets easily wrecked, just all dirty and smashed up, so what I do is cut it into a piece that matched the task, because the power of the spongey part is right under your fingertips so I make strips, squares, even 1" square, cut in half or quarters, etc. etc. The rest stays in my cabinet in perfect condition. There is no product that matches this one, the pores are so small that it gives you the best chance of removing a stubborn mark. I think it was developed for NASA use, but anyway just sharing.

  20. Lacquer Thinner will take the transferred paint off in a heartbeat! As long as the cars paint is original or has been professionally repainted this won't harm the finish. Use some common sense when doing this. Take a soft cloth or paper towel and wet it with the thinner (NOT DRIPPING WET ! )Just moisten the cloth or paper towel well and then wipe over the area with light pressure. It will remove paint transfer and scuff marks. Do this outside and dispose of the cloth/paper towel in outdoor garbage can! Then buff the area with some compound because there is likely damage to the paint underneath the transfer. May not all buff out but should improve it.

  21. There are some jealous douchebags out there who go out of there way to park really close to nice cars that park in the back of parking lots

  22. Chris’ Corvette is originally Black, i found it on one of his videos back in 2012. he repainted the corvette to red. And i see the rooftop was black.

  23. Chris, I could freaking hug you right now!!! I have watched your channel for awhile now, and have followed some of your advice, but I had to pop on here and thank you for all these videos, especially this one. I saved for 2 1/2 years to buy a brand new vehicle in cash, and have tried to be as gentle as possible to her. I was so mad at myself for managing to hit a shopping cart in the middle of a parking lot. Just when I thought I was going to have to live with the blemish and maybe try buffing it out, I stumble upon your vid. Followed the directions to the letter, came out perfect!!!! I cannot thank you enough, and I am so happy right now.

  24. Does WD-40 do the work? But I don’t have melamine foam. What to use for rubbing? I’m from India. One drunk man scratched my car while i was waiting at crossover

  25. Hey Chris! What if i hit a flower pot and the pot's paint transferred to my front plastic bumper?? I hope you can help me with this. Thank you so much

  26. THANK YOU!!! I just (lightly) scraped a white drive-thru pole onto my new black car's bumper. Say a prayer I only need the WD-40 and eraser lol

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