How to Remove Chewing Gum From Car Paint

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Chewing 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. However it gets there, it’s no big deal. Simply follow one of these four methods to remove it in less than 30 minutes: Method 1 explains how to use an ice cube, Method 2 explains why peanut butter works, Method 3 suggests trying a cleaning product that contains d-limonene, and Method 4 recommends Goof Off.

Method 1 of 4: Use an ice cube to freeze the gum (for a neat glob of gum)

Materials Needed
  • 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.
Avon’s Skin-So-Soft

Method 2 of 4: Use peanut butter or {{18}} to work to dissolve and loosen the gum (for a glob of gum or smeared gum)

Materials Needed
  • 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.

Method 3 of 4: Use a cleaning product that contains d-limonene to remove the gum (for a glob of gum or smeared gum)

Materials Needed
  • 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.
  • Tip: D-limonene cleaners are commonly labeled as citrus-based cleaners. Read the label to make sure it contains d-limonene.
Step 3: Wipe the gum off the car with a soft cloth.

Method 4 of 4: Use Goof Off or bug and tar remover to remove the gum (for a glob of gum or smeared gum)

Materials Needed
  • 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.
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