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Removing Tire Marks from Car's Fender

My husband got hit on the interstate by a piece of tire in the road. It left tire marks on the hood and fender of my car. How do I get it off without ruining the finish of the car?

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By Linda Shaffer from Norfolk, VA

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March 3, 20111 found this helpful
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Today's cars have a clear urethane coating over the paint to make the finish more durable. If the tire did not abrade the clear finish you may be able to fix it your self.

First, I would wash the area to see if that removes any of the tire marks. If not, I would purchase a can of adhesive cleaner or tar remover at the auto parts store and rub that on the tire marks. The cleaner will not harm the finish.

If the tire marks are still there then the area should be compounded. You can do that yourself or an auto detailer can do the job. Every car dealer should have a detailer on staff or you can find one in the yellow pages.

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December 18, 20160 found this helpful

This was extremely helpful as I just purchased a new vehicle 4 months ago and a guy in a pickup truck with mag wheels got SO close to me on the highway. Idiot of a jerk, he didn't even honk his horn. To make matters worse, he didn't even STOP. But does not appear to have any scratch marks only the tire imprint on my side panel. I may take it to a detailer just the same to have it checked out. Thanks to the internet and troubleshooting.

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Elizabeth from Littleton, CO

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March 4, 20112 found this helpful
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Take a soft cloth and pour a little cooking oil and apply it to the tire mark. This will not harm the paint of your car. It worked for me. Then wash spot where tire mark was with a little water and Dawn dish soap. Hope this works for you!

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you!!!!!!! I used the vegetable oil and it worked. Now my BF will never know ... Whew

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April 22, 20180 found this helpful

Worked for me!! Had my 7 year old clean his bike handle skid mark off of the side of my car with olive oil and a paper towel. Thanks for the tip!

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March 5, 20110 found this helpful
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An item sold for campers is called Black Streak Remover. I think you can even get it at Wal-Mart near their automotive department where they sell camping related products.

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I used it on my white car when something got streaked along the side. I think it was a bicycle handle. Whatever it was, this stuff took it off without ruining the finish.

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful
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WD-40 will remove tire marks from paint, just spray it on and wipe it off. I have been a mechanic for 34 years and have used that on near everything.

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July 2, 20170 found this helpful

Can I use WD40 on scuff marks on my gray van bumper?

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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

I did try WD-40 and did not work

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

Sorry, didn't work this time

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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

...even his grits!

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July 3, 20120 found this helpful
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Here's an easy and cheap way I removed my problem. I used a paper towel and rubbing alcohol, and it came right off!

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November 19, 20140 found this helpful

I tried the WD40...didn't to a thing. Alcohol worked great. Dry paper towel and rubbing alcohol.

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Yes, I did have to rub... thus the name rubbing alcohol. Thanks for the great tip. Elyn

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April 11, 20150 found this helpful

I didn't have any WD40 on hand so I tried using vegetable oil and a paper towel and it worked. Thank you to those who posted in this thread.

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July 2, 20150 found this helpful

I read the answers on this site and others. I had a vehicle drop a tire which rolled into the side of my 2 month old car and leave black scuffs on the door, fender, and wheel. I applied rubbing alcohol to an old t shirt and wiped the rubber spots which came off immediately. I reapplied a spray wax and buffed it out. Thanks-great tip.

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