How to Get Paint Off a Car Bumper

October 25, 2023

You'll likely encounter a paint scuff mark or even a scratch on your car bumper from time to time. This can happen in a number of ways such as when other drivers scrape their cars into yours from door dings, when you're driving and another vehicle passes you, or when your rearview mirror accidentally hits the back of your car bumper. If the scuff or scratch is shallow enough, you may be able to buff it out with water and some elbow grease. Otherwise, you'll need to either repaint your car bumper or take it to a body shop to get it repaired.

If you decide to repair the damaged area yourself, there are several ways to get paint off of a car bumper that are relatively inexpensive, effective, and simple to perform. In this article, we'll explore how to get paint off a plastic car bumper using methods that range from standard household cleaners like rubbing alcohol to professional automotive products. Before you begin the process, be sure to wash and dry the affected area of your bumper to remove any dirt or debris that could potentially scratch it.

First, you should test a small spot of your bumper's color coat to ensure that the chemical compound used to remove the paint will not react negatively with it. You should also make sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear protective gloves when handling any chemicals for safety reasons.

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