How do you remove emulsion paint from a car's bodywork?

I was cleaning out my garage and accidentally spilled some emulsion paint on my car. Is there any way to remove this paint from my car’s bodywork?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Super sorry that happened, but there’s definitely an easy fix! If you want to avoid an expensive
new paint job
, you should be able to remove the emulsion paint easily. Here’s how to do it.
Rub the affected area with soap and hot water. If the emulsion paint is water-based, it should just come off with the application of hot water and a bit of muscle.
If it’s oil-based, though, you may be able to get it off with turpentine, alcohol, or acetone, but there’s no guarantee. It’s always worth a shot, though!
If you want to make sure your car is protected from any eventuality, you may want to review your car insurance policy to make sure you’re getting the best deal on the coverage you need, check out the
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Happy cleaning, and best of luck!
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