How do you remove tiny black spots on car paint?

What are these little black dots on my car's paint? They're on the exterior of my car. I think they're mold! How do I get the spots off?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“Those little black dots could be tar, bugs, or—ew—fungus. Luckily, you should be able to remove the tiny spots with a rag and soapy water.
If that doesn’t work, you can actually use a credit car or a piece of plastic to scrape them off. Be careful not to damage your paint though, as
repainting a car can be a costly venture
Preventing the block spots from returning will require identifying the root cause:
  • Avoid blacktop roads to keep tar off your car.
  • Wax your vehicle regularly to keep bugs from sticking to it.
  • Don’t park your car next to rotting wood or mulch, where airborn spores can adhere to your car.
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