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I was trying to take care of some chips and scratches using touch up paint. There were a few spots were the paint hadnt settled cleanly, so i wanted to take it off. I used a little bit of nail polish remover, and it wiped off in a cinch. But, what i was wondering was if the nail polish remover did any damage to my cars paint/surface. I did it both on the metal body and plastic bumper. The surface still seems to be smooth. Is this something to worry about, and is there something that I can do to take care of it?

Im gonna put wax over it, but not until im done with the touch up.
 

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I don't know but rubbing alcohol seems to take some things off easily as well.

I had tree sap on my car and it took it right off . . .
 

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Re: Re: Nail polish remover on paint

Alan F said:
I don't know but rubbing alcohol seems to take some things off easily as well.

I had tree sap on my car and it took it right off . . .
I used isopropyl alcohol at first, and it was ok. But it didnt work so well after the paint had time to dry.
 

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For you problem, you need the Meguiar's 2000 grit sanding block to strip off excess paint from the touch up paint. This block will not scratch your paint, just take a very thin layer off. Afterwards, use polish to clean up the spot. and you are done.

read the how-to-articles. I am in the process of doing paint chip repair myself. I wouldnt use nail polish remover to get tree sap off, 3m Imperial Hand glaze takes all traces of sap or bugs or bird doo doo off safely after a good wash.
 

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As I understand it nail polish remover is Acetone (or is it Naptha?)
A pretty harsh solvent. I use "goof off" on the really tough stuff (road tar etc...)

Polish remover is ok once in awhile but I'd use it as a last resort
 

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Thanks for the tips, looks like i need to get some supplies. Im not gonna use the nail polish remover again. I had thought about using "goof off" but i thought that may have been bad enough.
 

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What are you doing with NAIL POLISH REMOVERS Mathew? Did you score HIGH on the [email protected] test TD posted?
 

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You were fortunate that your finish was cured. Never use lacquer thinner, a.k.a. nail polish remover, on your finish.

Check out this link on "Fixing Paint Chips":
http://www.carcarespecialties.com/paint_chips.html

To remove surface contaminants, try a full strength car wash concentrate first.

Then try WD-40 next. Give it a little time because it is not as powerful as other solvents. If you wash it off immediately, you probably won't have to re-wax.

If that doesn't work, 3M's Adhesive, Tar and Wax Remover will do the job, but make sure you read the directions first. You'll have to re-wax with this treatment.

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You were fortunate that your finish was cured. Never use lacquer thinner, a.k.a. nail polish remover, on your finish.

Check out this link on "Fixing Paint Chips":
http://www.carcarespecialties.com/paint_chips.html

To remove surface contaminants, try a full strength car wash concentrate first.

Then try WD-40 next. Give it a little time because it is not as powerful as other solvents. If you wash it off immediately, you probably won't have to re-wax.

If that doesn't work, 3M's Adhesive, Tar and Wax Remover will do the job, but make sure you read the directions first. You'll have to re-wax with this treatment.

Fred

'01 325i Orient Blue, SP, PP
 
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