How do I remove nail polish from car paint?

I tried to do a touch-up paint job with nail polish, but some ran down the side of the car. Can you tell me how to remove it from my car paint?

Nail polish is a great DIY hack for touching up your car paint! Thankfully, removing nail polish from your car paint is similar to removing it from your nails and just as easy.
To remove the nail polish:
  • Apply a small amount of nail polish remover or acetone to the drops with a cotton ball or cotton swab.
  • Make sure not to let it come in contact with your underlying paint for too long, or it could cause your clear coat to come off too.
  • It’s best to apply in small amounts until the nail polish wipes off with a cloth or rinses off with water.
After removing the polish, you can apply car polish to the area, so it gets its shine back and helps keep it protected.
Should you have issues removing the polish, it’s best to visit a professional. You want to avoid having to repaint your entire car or cause more significant damage.
Once you’ve got your car’s paint taken care of, consider adding a roadside assistance membership with Jerry. Jerry’s roadside assistance includes jump starts, lockout service, key replacement, and towing, meaning you’ll always have the best protection for your car!
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 01, 2021

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