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How To Remove Overspray Paint From Your Tires

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If you got paint on your tires while you were painting your own car, you can easily remove the paint. It will only take a few supplies and less than an hour of your time. Once the paint is removed from your tires, your new paint job will really pop.

Supply List

  • Paint Thinner
  • Red Scuff Pad
  • Mask
  • Towel
  • Car Wash Soap
  • Bucket
  • Water

You can purchase paint thinner and a red scuff pad from your local auto parts store or hardware store. The rest of the supplies you should be able to gather up around your house. Make sure the towel you use is one that you are okay with throwing away when you are done with this project.

Safety First

Put on a mask before you open up the paint thinner and make sure your car is parked in a well-ventilated area. Most paint thinners produce some very strong fumes.

Paint Thinner

Take the paint thinner and pour it onto the towel. You want the towel to be damp with paint thinner. You do not want the towel to be dripping. You do not want the paint thinner to drip onto your rims or your new paint job. The paint thinner can ruin the finish on your rims and remove the paint on your vehicle.

Once the towel is damp with paint thinner, use this towel to wipe down the areas where the paint is on your tires. Allow the paint thinner to sit for about five minutes.

Red Scuff Pad

Once the paint thinner has sat for about five minutes, get out the red scuff pad you purchased. Scrub your tires in a circular motion until all the paint is removed. If the paint does not come off in the first go around, you may need to apply the paint thinner again and let it sit on your tires for another five minutes before scrubbing again.

Soapy Water

Once you have got all the paint off of your tires, you will want to thoroughly wash your tires. Make sure you use car washing soap; dish soap can actually dry out the rubbers on your tires. You want to make sure that you remove all the paint thinner as well as the paint particles that you scrubbed off.

Once your wheels are clean and no longer have overspray on them, your new paint job will look like a professional did it. For more tire care tips, contact a shop like Tire Pirates.


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