Acetone...will it take the clearcoat and/or paint off a car? *Update* WD-40 worked like a charm..

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  1. Insane3D

    Insane3D Elite Member

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    I had the rear hatchback window on my Mustang broken a few months back when someone broke into my car. I just got it replaced yesterday finally, but I have a whole bunch of nasty adhesive left over from the tape I used to make a plastic window. It seems to come off with ordinary bug and tar remover, but very very slowly. I have some acetone, and I'm sure it will work better...but I am thinking it will take the paint and/or the clearcoat off as well. Anyone have any experience with body work?

    *Update*

    WD-40 did the trick. :)
     
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    I don't think it's worth the risk to try it. Just use some elbow grease.
     
  3. Alchemist99

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    I would vote it would remove clearcoat as it a solvent.
     
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    Acetone eats through car paint. Don't do it.

    Try WD-40

     
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    its worth taking the time not to screw up the paint. soak a rag with some wd-40 and lay it over the area for several minutes once its soaked in a tad, may help a little, but dont rush it.

     
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    Just use Goo Gone. You can get it at K-Mart. That stuff does wonders for all that left over goo.
     
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    It won't come sloughing off, but acetone does most definatley etch and strip paint, as would something like MEKP
     
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    Yes, it will eat at it. Acetone is pretty heavy duty stuff..
     
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    yeap goo gunk , its orange peel based, I tried it on my car already.. even on the leather. but test a small portion first.. usually use a swab, dab it a little.. dont use cotton, use the sponge type or just use a sponge.
     
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    Thanks guys... I figured acetone would be too heavy duty. I ended up using WD-40 as some here suggested, and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the help..:)
     
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    I use wd-40 a lot for adhesive goo, have used baby oil/mineral oil also. just let it sit a couple minutes it will come off pretty easily.
     
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    I also vote for Goo Gone or De-Solv-It. They are both similar. I had to use the latter to remove some candle wax that was spilled everywhere when a candle fell over and it worked like a charm. It's worked great on getting adhesive stuff off, too.

    Read item #1 from the FAQ
     
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    I just used straight acetone on my car and it worked perfectly, with no damage to my car. I ran over latex paint that spilled out of a contractor's car about a year ago. Why I waited I don't know. FYI - my car is a 2005 Chevy Equinox LT

    I tried WD-40 and and Goo Gone but neither did anything. Mineral spirits did nothing. The only thing that worked before I tried acetone was gasoline. So I decided to try nail polish remover containing acetone - and bingo. Because I had so much of my car to handle I bought a quart and it worked great. I immediately went to car wash and got the deluxe wash and the car looks great.

    Also note, I rubbed as hard as I needed o get the paint off. No scratches or swirls. Car looks wonderful again.

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    Use gasoline.
     
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