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Removing Nail Polish Off a Car

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My car was vandalized yesterday. Someone broke into the car next to mine, found a purse and decided to pour nail polish all over my car. I want to try and use nail polish removal but I am concerned about damaging the finish. Do I have any options? My car is only 2 months old and there is a ton of the nail polish on the doors and hood.

Michael

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By Michawn 18 487 06/25/2007 Flag

I'd call a dealership before you try it, they might have a much better idea. Good luck!

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By Belle (Guest Post) 06/25/2007 Flag

With my husbands car i just used nail polish remover on it. Someone had keyed it up horribley, so we needed to touch up the paint, of course he didnt want me to do it, so he did it himself and messed it up. So I had to go back and fix it, I just used nail polish remover right on the car, ( non-acetone) i even let it set on there for a minute, and there wasnt any damage to the finish.

Of course I would recomend testing it first in an inconspicious area ( like the edge of the tire opening, to see how your finish reacts before actually using it on the main part of the car. If it works then just use a Q-tip and go over the remover. :) I hope this helps!

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By Noella 11 381 06/27/2007 Flag

I agree, this sounds like something where the dealer needs to help, especially since the car is so new. I'd also call the police department and your insurance company.

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By Kim Churchman 3 1,277 06/27/2007 Flag

So sorry to hear it, obviously that was a malicious act! An auto paint shop specialist would be able to take off only the polish and then apply a clear coat to restore any lost shine. good luck!

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By Pat (Guest Post) 06/27/2007 Flag

Supposedly, WD 40 will take unwanted paint off a car. I don't think it could hurt as the finish is baked on.

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By TEXASDARLING (Guest Post) 06/27/2007 Flag

I was at my usually car wash place a few years ago and a man came in with his truck spray painted with a can of spray paint. Because he had wax on it as a new car would they buffed it off in no time. Whatever you do, do it soon and keep the car out of the heat.

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By Regina (Guest Post) 07/14/2008 Flag

This happened to me 2 weeks ago! I was very upset. I brought my car to a car detailer and all they did was spray some chemical wash and then used the power washer. The paint chipped right off. On some small parts I had to use my nails to scratch it off. I immediately got it washed right after. My car looks fine now. I hope this helps others!

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By (Guest Post) 07/25/2008 Flag

I am in Oconomowoc WI and this has happened to several cars in my subdivision the last few nights.

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By (Guest Post) 07/25/2008 Flag

I am in Oconomowoc WI and this has happened to several cars in my subdivision the last few nights.

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By (Guest Post) 08/17/2008 Flag

Acetone nail polish remover works just fine. My daughter just painted the hood of the neighbor's car, and we used nail polish remover to take it off.

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By Barbara 5 29 01/29/2012 Flag

It happened to my car also. Took it to dealer and told me to use cooking oil on it (of course outside only). Paint came off like magic.

roadrouser

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By DianaJB 1 08/19/2013 Flag

I had a similar problem with nail polish marks all around my car's door handles, mostly my own fault. Since they're just scratches of nail polish on the car paint - although pretty visible - alcohol swabs took it off right away with absolutely no damage to the car paint or its shine.

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By Jeremy Keller 1 03/08/2015 Flag

Someone thought is would be funny to key the words bic*h in to my car twice and then they put nail polish over the scratch. I'm a detailer so I put nail polish remover on the nail polish an then buffed the hood and it looks good as new.

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