How to Get Oil Off Car Paint

March 6, 2024

The best way to ensure your car is in the best condition possible is to keep up with its maintenance. However, sometimes stains or debris from your journey get stuck to the paint and can be quite stubborn to remove. Luckily, Toyota of Clermont’s service department has some quick tips to help you get rid of tough stains without damaging your car’s exterior.

Stain #1: Oil

One of the most common blemishes on a vehicle is an oil stain. Getting rid of oil stains can be difficult, but not impossible, with the proper cleaning products. To start, you’ll want to make sure that the area is clean and dry. After that, you’ll want to pour white vinegar over the greasy area and scrub the spot lightly with a soft brush. Be sure to rinse the area afterward to avoid damaging the paint finish.

If you can’t get the stain off with vinegar, you’ll need to use something a little more chemical. Try using rubbing alcohol, which is typically on hand in most households, as a lubricant while you work over the affected area with the clay bar. This is another step that requires a bit of time, but it can effectively remove even the most stubborn grease, oil and tar stains from your vehicle.

If all else fails, a professional auto detailing shop will often use an engine degreaser to break down the grease and grime that’s clinging to your car’s paint. Remember to wear rubber gloves while working with this product and to be careful not to damage the surrounding paint by scrubbing too hard.

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