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By Mary Kurz
Updated on Jun 27, 2022
Reviewed by Carrie Adkins, VP of Content.
Chewing gum on your car, though annoying, doesn't have to be a big deal if you use the right tools.
Gum gets on cars in many different ways. Someone could spit it out when they drive by your car, while they’re walking by your car, or maybe even put it on your car on purpose out of spite.
But no matter how it got there, car insurance broker Jerry can show you what to do about it. Simply follow one of these four methods to get gum off your car in less than 30 minutes.
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Use an ice cube to freeze the gum (for a neat glob of gum)
- Ice cube
- Sealable plastic baggie
- Single-edged razor blade or box cutter for a glass surface
- Stiff plastic card (grocery store card, credit card, or ID) or plastic putty knife for painted or chrome surface
Step 1: Put the ice cube in the plastic baggie. Seal the baggie to keep the water from dripping down the side of the car as the ice cube melts.
Step 2: Hold the ice cube on the gum. Leave it there for a few minutes until the gum gets hard and brittle.
Step 3: Slide the plastic card, putty knife, or razor blade under the edge of the gum. Twist the card, putty knife, or razor blade to pop the gum off.
- Tip: You can also use compressed air to freeze the gum.
Use peanut butter or Avon’s Skin-So-Soft to dissolve and loosen the gum (for a glob of gum or smeared gum)
- Peanut butter (smooth) or Avon’s Skin-So-Soft
- Soft cloth
Step 1: Smear the peanut butter or Avon’s Skin-So-Soft on the gum. Try to work it up under the gum around the edges, too. Leave it on the gum for a few minutes to let it work.
Step 2: Wipe the gum off with a soft cloth.
- Tip: Park the car in the shade or the garage to keep it cool while you clean the gum off, regardless of the method used.
Use a cleaning product that contains d-limonene to remove the gum (for a glob of gum or smeared gum)
- D-limonene cleaner (Sold at hardware stores and online.)
- Soft cloth
Step 1: Pour the d-limonene cleaner on a soft cloth.
Step 2: Wipe it on the gum. Be sure to wipe the cleaner around the edges of the gum to help soften it.
Step 3: Wipe the gum off the car with a soft cloth.
- Tip: D-limonene cleaners are commonly labeled as citrus-based cleaners. Read the label to make sure it contains d-limonene.
Use Goof Off or bug and tar remover to remove the gum (for a glob of gum or smeared gum)
- Goof Off or bug and tar remover
- Soft cloth or towel
Step 1: Apply the Goof Off or bug and tar remover to the gum. Spray it on, if it is in a spray bottle, or use a cloth to apply it.
Step 2: Leave it for one minute.
Step 3: Wipe the gum off with a soft cloth or towel.
Regardless of the method used to remove the chewing gum from the exterior of your car, wash and wax your car to restore its finish afterwards. Be careful when using certain tools, like putty knives, as you don't want to chip the paint off your car.
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