How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)

How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)


Hey guys Chrisfix here today I’m going to show you how to safely remove paint transfer from your car’s paint just a little backstory I was parked all the way in the back of a parking lot… Like all the way in the back away from any cars there Is literally nobody around me So there’s no chance anyone would open their door and hit my car or back up into it or something like that and well after A nice dinner [I] come out to see my car like this it just stinks to know that you could do all you can to Take care of your car, and somebody will still manage to damage you and the worst part for me Is that they don’t even have the respect to own up to their mistake listen everybody makes mistakes? Just put a note on my car saying “Hey, I messed up. Here’s my number Let’s work something out,” but instead. They just took off anyhow now that that’s out of my system. Don’t let this ruin your day if this happens to you because I’m going to show you how to safely remove paint transfer without damaging your own car’s paint Underneath and after you’re done following this your paint is going to look good as new to remove paint transfer the first step is to Understand what paint transfer actually is and it is exactly how it sounds in this case a white car hit my car and [their] white Paint Transferred onto my car’s paint now the paint on your car has three main layers The first coat is a primer that goes over the bare metal of the car The second coat is the base coat which is the paint that gives your car its color and the third coat we have a clear coat Which protects the paint and gives it its glossy shine this is the thickest paint layer and the final layer really isn’t a paint layer But I wanted to include it [because] it’s important, and it’s a protection [layer] called the wax layer which helps fill in small imperfections It also helps protect against light scratches and watermarks most of the time paint transfer will be Embedded into the clear coat since clear coat is designed to protect the base coat, and that’s what I’m hoping for here But we won’t know until we remove the paint transfer sometimes the damage is Deeper now There are many techniques for [removing] paint transfer But I’m going to show you how to use products that you could easily find at home So if the paint transfer is very minor And isn’t bad at all you could use some rubbing compound then scratch remover and then buff it with a microfiber towel [and] that should remove any light paint transfer, but since we have a pretty thick layer [of] paint transfer We’re going to use a different strategy [the] first thing we’re going to want to do is we’re going to want to Soften the paint Transfer and to soften the paint transfer, we’re going to use WD-40 now WD-40 has about 50% Mineral spirits in it which is going to Soften the paint Slightly but not enough to cause damage to the rest of the clear coat on the corvette and then we’re going to be using one [of] these magic erasers, which is a very fine spongy abrasive And this is going to skim over the clear coat but grab on to our damage So it’s perfect to remove paint transfer after we remove the paint transfer We’re just going to use [some] soapy water a microfiber towel wipe [down] the whole area to remove the WD-40 and any Contaminants if you’re a perfectionist like myself you could also use clay bar But that’s optional [you] don’t have to use it and then finally you want to add a protective layer of wax on the area that You just worked on and that’s all there is to it and just in case [if] the damage is deeper than we expect I do have some touch-up paint to figure out what color touch-up Paint your car needs typically if you look in the door jamb over here there’ll be a sticker or if it’s not over there It’ll be right over here and on this sticker It’ll give you a paint code so you can match up the correct color paint hopefully we won’t even need touch-up paint but we won’t know until we begin so let’s get started first you want to apply the WD-40 only in the area of the paint transfer try not to get it on the rest of your car’s paint the WD-40 is going to soften that paint transfer as well as lubricate the surrounding paint now that that’s done Soak the Magic eraser in Warm water and you want to carefully start scrubbing the paint transfer the Magic eraser is just an abrasive Foam which is going to start removing the Paint Transfer but if you press too hard You could start removing your own clear coat which isn’t good so make sure you focus the scrubbing on the paint transfer only notice I’m following the grain of the damage as I scrub so the damage was horizontal I’m scrubbing horizontal, and this is really going to help that abrasive foam pull that paint transfer up I’m going to use another application at WD-40 and this is going to lubricate the surface some more as well as [soften] the rest of this paint transfer and with just a little [bit] more scrubbing wipe it down with our cloth and Take a look at that. I can’t even see where the damage was which is such a relief But we aren’t done yet now one thing you want to pay close attention to with this abrasive foam is when you’re using this and you’re Rubbing off that paint transfer you might see the color of the paint transfer on here Which is okay what you don’t want to see is you don’t want to see the color of your car on this phone that means? That you’re digging through that clear coat and digging into the base coat with this abrasive foam so if you see that focus the foam Specifically on the paint trance and don’t press as hard you don’t want to dig into your clear coat [alright] So remember where your damage was it was right around here And we have a few quick things left that we need to do the first thing We have to do is remove the wD-40 from our paint. So get some soapy water and wipe it down And I know it’s kind of hard to see but [you] might have caught a glimpse of some of this damage right here [this] wasn’t from the paint transfer This is from like a rock chip or something that was on there in the past, and that’s been touched up already So I’m not going to touch it now we want to apply a protective layer of wax since it was removed But if you really want to go the extra mile before you add the wax get some clay bar Spray it down with some detailer and just clay bar the surface by sliding the clay bar across the lubricated surface And that’s going to pick up any contamination that there might [have] been in this paint. [we’ll] wipe that down and This surface is looking awesome Then all you have to do is wax on Wait a couple of minutes Wax off and we are done, so we went from this to this What a relief now That’s how you remove paint transfer from your car and the top tip for this video is invest in one of these [dash] cameras they hang right next to your rear [view] mirror and then you capture everything on this and If somebody bumps your car this goes off and saves the footage I could have grabbed that guy’s license plate Justice could have been served so don’t be like me don’t wait It’s a good investment, [and] I’ll give you a lot [of] peace [of] mind [I’ll] run it in both my vette and I use one in my truck [and] [trust] me when I say these things are worth every penny and with that hopefully this video was helpful If it was remember to give it a thumbs up [also] consider subscribing

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100 Replies to “How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)”

  1. Dude you are an idiot!!!!!!! Your clear coat will be gone in that area in a month and it will look worse than the actual paint trasnfed

  2. I was super angry when this happened 2 weeks ago. I do the same thing I park far away and SOMEHOW someone hit my front bumper. My car is black and it has white paint scratched into it(I think) so it is very noticeable. Am gonna try this and see how it goes tomorrow hopefully it is just white transfer paint that I am seeing.

  3. My Mom is absolutely fucking crazy and is verge kicking me out. She's wanted to put the car in my name for months now, but financial situations have left me replying on her. We have been declining in out relationship, and I'm afraid she's going to kick me out as soon as she sees it. You probably saved me her kicking me out of her life and taking my car back to the dealership. I want be able to get away without damage, but I think I can get the worst of it off with this video. Probably saved my fucking life

  4. Chris I had the same problem. Literally after I got my car, I parked it at the gym to go work out. When I came back, someone didn’t know how to park and caused a dent and paint transfer. They didn’t leave a note and took off. I parked perfectly mind you. It’s nothing major, all I did was clean paint transfer and applied some touch up paint. It bothered me for a week then I just had to live with it. The body shop tried to over charge me too and I said no thanks.

  5. I can’t believe this actually worked!! I’m shocked!! This saved me hundreds of dollars I’m pretty sure…

  6. Tired it and took the paint off, but can still see the scuff. Tired rubbing compound didn’t work. Any other suggestions?

  7. Just tried this on my new "used" Fusion, worked
    Amazingly! I really appreciate your channel, Thank You!
    P.S., link to your dashcam isn't going through.

  8. My daughter texted me about some paint transfers she had in a parking lot. I told her I could see what I could do. I immediately looked to see if you had a video. You had a solution that was just perfect. I am anxious to try the techniques. Thanks.

  9. Yo . This morning my dumbass was backing out of my garage and I happened to trade some paint with the outside wall. I freaked out and went on YouTube as you do. I came across your video. It worked like a charm I even even need the extra stuff.
    thanks a bunch Chris

  10. Wish I coulda done this this morning to the lady’s car I started to sideswipe instead of a huge fine for a “wreck” being 2 seconds of OH SHIET BLIND SPOT

  11. When people wonder how your able to do so much to your car ?

    Me : Ohhhh let’s just say I know a guy ChrisFix look Em up

  12. I tried it on my Dodge Grand Caravan the Mark was on the passenger side above the back tire all the way to the passenger front door. Followed your instructions and it worked well. Thank You.

  13. It is truly amazing how much information is available to us today. Back in the 90's if this were to happen you would have to take your vehicle to a body shop to have that removed or track down somebody whom could help you.

  14. Expectation: NO ONE COULD SCRATCH MY CAR FROM ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE PARKING LOT

    Reality: GOT HIT ON THE CAR'S BUMPER

  15. If you do invest in a dashcam invest a little money into it. You'll want something of quality especially with high resolution

  16. Great video Chris 🙂
    Do you have one for hand and finger prints on paint work…. smudges like? Or does the same procedure apply ?

  17. Hey Chris same thing happened with my car but the guy left a note saying that he apologized and solution is to watch Chrisfix video!

  18. came here because i accidentally hit my car while opening my ute.. will try this out later and see if chris can indeed fix!

  19. I'm here because someone transferred their white paint to my red car and of course they didn't leave a note

  20. I'm here because someone transferred their white paint to my red car and of course they didn't leave a note

  21. I just rear ended the rear end of a land cruiser with my vitz. It was raining and the land cruiser was black. 🙁 It's got a baby fist sized dent in the left side of the rear. Does hot water really get rid of a dent?

  22. When I get my drivers license I am going to buy the most cheap dodgy Chinese smart car and go up to peoples cars in parking lots, check for people, check if the owner is near by, and then scratch or dent the car. >:)

  23. I just wish I would’ve taken a before and after pic. What an awesome trick. I didn’t think I would be able to get rid of some spots entirely but I went over those spots with warm water and soap at the end and that worked. Thank you!

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