How do I remove paint from my car trim?

What's the best way to remove paint from my car trim? I brushed up against a wall when I was leaving a parking structure. It's not a big deal, but I transferred a little wall paint onto my car, and I'd like to get rid of it.

Answer
When it comes to removing paint from your trim, you can use clay bars, Magic Erasers, or even some chemical solutions.
Make sure you’re wearing gloves and working in a well-ventilated area before you start cleaning. Some products can be unhealthy in closed spaces and might even irritate your skin! Read the instructions on your chosen cleaner before getting started.
To clean paint transfer off your car, start with the least abrasive option and slowly work your way up.
Clay bars are a nearly risk-free solution. Just take part of the clay, knead it in your hands, and spray a lubricant on the paint and your clay. Then rub the clay over the paint transfer to get rid of it. Go over the spot a couple of times with the clay bar, re-kneading and adding lubricant as needed.
Isopropyl alcohol is good next step if the clay bar fails. Put a little isopropyl alcohol on a rag and use it to rub out the paint transfer. Remember to test it on an inconspicuous area before using it on the transferred paint.
Magic Erasers are more abrasive, but they’ll get the job done! Add water to the sponge and try rubbing off the paint. Be careful, Magic Erasers are like sandpaper and could easily damage your car.
Acetone should be your last resort. Only use a small amount on a rag, and don’t let it anywhere near the paint you want to keep.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 28, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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