How do I remove RTV silicone from car paint?

I removed an emblem from my car and it left some silicone on my paint. How do I remove RTV silicone from my car paint?

Answer
Great question. Silicone is a type of adhesive, so removing it may take a little effort, but it’s possible to do it at home!
  • Start by sectioning off the area with blue painter’s tape.
  • Use a heat gun or blow dryer to heat the emblem’s adhesive. Be careful not to overdo it with the heat gun, as it could damage your paint.
  • Use a scraper tool or razor blade to lift the soft silicone from the paint. Hold the blade at an almost 90-degree angle as you drag it, so you don’t scrape or damage the paint. Reheat if the silicone becomes hard again.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to loosen the adhesive properties of the remaining silicone and clean the surface underneath with a warm, wet cloth. Make sure to dilute the rubbing alcohol to avoid paint damage. If you’re worried about paint damage, use Goo Gone, WD-40, or white vinegar as an alternative.
  • If needed, use more heat to lift any leftover residue.
Just like that, the silicone should be gone!
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Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 24, 2021
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