How do I remove concrete off car paint?

Our street was repaved and some concrete splashed on my car. How do I remove concrete off car paint?

Matthew Macgugan · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Good question. Like most car cleaning situations, you can tackle this with some common supplies you probably have around your home.
But before you get started, make sure your vehicle is off the street and parked somewhere shaded. Doing so will make it safer and easier for you to clean. Give your car a good wash and dry as usual, taking extra caution around the area where the concrete has hardened. Then:
  • Use blue painter’s tape to section off the area and protect emblems or stickers that you don’t want to damage during the cleaning process.
  • Pour some white vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray a generous amount on the concrete area. Repeat this until the concrete softens.
  • Use a high-pressure hose directly on the stained area to remove the concrete. You may need to alternate water and vinegar to soften and remove the concrete.
  • Using a clean, soft cloth, dry the area surrounding the stain and wipe any excess concrete. Be careful not to
    as you wipe.
  • Apply wax to the area to restore paint shine and maintain protection on the area.
Just like that, the concrete should be gone! It’s great you take care of your car. If you want to take that care a step further, download the
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