How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)

Hey guys Chrisfix here today I’m going to show you how to safely remove paint transfer from your car’s paint just a little backstory I was parked all the way in the back of a parking lot… Like all the way in the back away from any cars there Is literally nobody around me So there’s no chance anyone would open their door and hit my car or back up into it or something like that and well after A nice dinner [I] come out to see my car like this it just stinks to know that you could do all you can to Take care of your car, and somebody will still manage to damage you and the worst part for me Is that they don’t even have the respect to own up to their mistake listen everybody makes mistakes? Just put a note on my car saying “Hey, I messed up. Here’s my number Let’s work something out,” but instead. They just took off anyhow now that that’s out of my system. Don’t let this ruin your day if this happens to you because I’m going to show you how to safely remove paint transfer without damaging your own car’s paint Underneath and after you’re done following this your paint is going to look good as new to remove paint transfer the first step is to Understand what paint transfer actually is and it is exactly how it sounds in this case a white car hit my car and [their] white Paint Transferred onto my car’s paint now the paint on your car has three main layers The first coat is a primer that goes over the bare metal of the car The second coat is the base coat which is the paint that gives your car its color and the third coat we have a clear coat Which protects the paint and gives it its glossy shine this is the thickest paint layer and the final layer really isn’t a paint layer But I wanted to include it [because] it’s important, and it’s a protection [layer] called the wax layer which helps fill in small imperfections It also helps protect against light scratches and watermarks most of the time paint transfer will be Embedded into the clear coat since clear coat is designed to protect the base coat, and that’s what I’m hoping for here But we won’t know until we remove the paint transfer sometimes the damage is Deeper now There are many techniques for [removing] paint transfer But I’m going to show you how to use products that you could easily find at home So if the paint transfer is very minor And isn’t bad at all you could use some rubbing compound then scratch remover and then buff it with a microfiber towel [and] that should remove any light paint transfer, but since we have a pretty thick layer [of] paint transfer We’re going to use a different strategy [the] first thing we’re going to want to do is we’re going to want to Soften the paint Transfer and to soften the paint transfer, we’re going to use WD-40 now WD-40 has about 50% Mineral spirits in it which is going to Soften the paint Slightly but not enough to cause damage to the rest of the clear coat on the corvette and then we’re going to be using one [of] these magic erasers, which is a very fine spongy abrasive And this is going to skim over the clear coat but grab on to our damage So it’s perfect to remove paint transfer after we remove the paint transfer We’re just going to use [some] soapy water a microfiber towel wipe [down] the whole area to remove the WD-40 and any Contaminants if you’re a perfectionist like myself you could also use clay bar But that’s optional [you] don’t have to use it and then finally you want to add a protective layer of wax on the area that You just worked on and that’s all there is to it and just in case [if] the damage is deeper than we expect I do have some touch-up paint to figure out what color touch-up Paint your car needs typically if you look in the door jamb over here there’ll be a sticker or if it’s not over there It’ll be right over here and on this sticker It’ll give you a paint code so you can match up the correct color paint hopefully we won’t even need touch-up paint but we won’t know until we begin so let’s get started first you want to apply the WD-40 only in the area of the paint transfer try not to get it on the rest of your car’s paint the WD-40 is going to soften that paint transfer as well as lubricate the surrounding paint now that that’s done Soak the Magic eraser in Warm water and you want to carefully start scrubbing the paint transfer the Magic eraser is just an abrasive Foam which is going to start removing the Paint Transfer but if you press too hard You could start removing your own clear coat which isn’t good so make sure you focus the scrubbing on the paint transfer only notice I’m following the grain of the damage as I scrub so the damage was horizontal I’m scrubbing horizontal, and this is really going to help that abrasive foam pull that paint transfer up I’m going to use another application at WD-40 and this is going to lubricate the surface some more as well as [soften] the rest of this paint transfer and with just a little [bit] more scrubbing wipe it down with our cloth and Take a look at that. I can’t even see where the damage was which is such a relief But we aren’t done yet now one thing you want to pay close attention to with this abrasive foam is when you’re using this and you’re Rubbing off that paint transfer you might see the color of the paint transfer on here Which is okay what you don’t want to see is you don’t want to see the color of your car on this phone that means? That you’re digging through that clear coat and digging into the base coat with this abrasive foam so if you see that focus the foam Specifically on the paint trance and don’t press as hard you don’t want to dig into your clear coat [alright] So remember where your damage was it was right around here And we have a few quick things left that we need to do the first thing We have to do is remove the wD-40 from our paint. So get some soapy water and wipe it down And I know it’s kind of hard to see but [you] might have caught a glimpse of some of this damage right here [this] wasn’t from the paint transfer This is from like a rock chip or something that was on there in the past, and that’s been touched up already So I’m not going to touch it now we want to apply a protective layer of wax since it was removed But if you really want to go the extra mile before you add the wax get some clay bar Spray it down with some detailer and just clay bar the surface by sliding the clay bar across the lubricated surface And that’s going to pick up any contamination that there might [have] been in this paint. [we’ll] wipe that down and This surface is looking awesome Then all you have to do is wax on Wait a couple of minutes Wax off and we are done, so we went from this to this What a relief now That’s how you remove paint transfer from your car and the top tip for this video is invest in one of these [dash] cameras they hang right next to your rear [view] mirror and then you capture everything on this and If somebody bumps your car this goes off and saves the footage I could have grabbed that guy’s license plate Justice could have been served so don’t be like me don’t wait It’s a good investment, [and] I’ll give you a lot [of] peace [of] mind [I’ll] run it in both my vette and I use one in my truck [and] [trust] me when I say these things are worth every penny and with that hopefully this video was helpful If it was remember to give it a thumbs up [also] consider subscribing

100 thoughts on “How to Remove Paint Scuffs On Your Car (Paint Transfer)

  1. Thanks man! I haven't had to watch any of your vids for awhile but it's nice to know your still here. Lol

  2. My wife scuffed the car on some painted wood pulling out of the garage. This trick worked a treat!

  3. Chris, you do a great job of explaining how to fix and repair minor issues with paint and scratches, thanks keep up the good work.

  4. 2:31 'Soap + wooder' is my go-to as well , not sure what this 'soap + water' shit others use , I find soap and wooder works best , dont accept imitations , use only Chris Fix patented 'soap and wooder' 😀
    btw my wife just came home after taging a car (yes she waited for them to come back) and i said "Chris wil have something on his channel" not even kidding ask my wife. Which is obviously why im here lol

  5. looks and sounds like Willowbrook Mall. on Another note, how do you fix a windshield that has hundreds of micro scratches all over it?

  6. I know the feeling man ,my car is a mustang gt and was parked in front of my apt. Someone parked next to it sped off and nicked my car left a scuff and a dent 🙁

  7. I'm sorry but I have to call bull shit on this video. Your telling me that someone hit you car hard enough to transfer white paint to your car, yet your car has no damage to the red base coat and noting that your car was hit on the rounded corner and mind you that your fascia is made of plastic and also noting how easy the white paint if that's even what it is came off I just can't be leave this is real. Now I know your probable thinking to yourself that I'm entitled to my opinion but let me just say that I owned 4 C4 Corvette's and 2 of them were that body style a 92 and 95 and I now that if someone hit's that car on the front or rear hard enough to transfer paint like that, that there will be body damage as well. This was an entertaining video but please don't try to pass the crap off as being real just for the sake of a video.

  8. Great video! Saved my bacon when I got a paint scuff on a rental car! Cleaned right up, the company never knew – thanks!

  9. Hi Chris. You have no idea how much your video saved me from being yelled at by my wife. I scratched the side of her car going into the garage. I thought for sure I would have to bring it to a body shop and pay a damn deductible. I knew if I went through your channel I would find something to fix it and I did. Thank you for sharing you fixes with us.

  10. Would it still work with tire marks? Couple kids on a bike left a mark on the door and left without telling me.

  11. Thanks for the tip worked really well on my wheel arch scrape,the trick is to rub gently with the pad,thanks

  12. My man you are the freaking man ! Saved my life from an expensive paint job. I dont what people dislike the video. Fools probably had some worse scuffs and didnt pay attention to what you said.

  13. This guy knows his shit! Was sideswiped in a parking lot and was able to get the paint transfer off! Now just to get the dent out and touch up a clear coat scratch. Thanks man! You've saved me so much money by teaching me to do it myself!

  14. I’m just a dumbass new driver who accidentally scraped against a pole in the Popeyes drive through. Yupppp…….

  15. I worked 100% I got all my paint scratches off after I bumped into my garage, I was able to get all the scratches out with this method, and fix my car for something a local body shop told me would cost $500 for them to fix!

  16. You are a life saver!!! $24 in Home Depot saves me maybe hundreds of dollars and from getting yelled at by my mother ✊🏽❤️

  17. Chris thank you SO MUCH. I just used this on the door of my grey SUV that had major red paint transfer on it. And it's gone! Wow thank you!!

  18. Whoa… I know exactly where this is. Jersey Strong brother! I'll keep an eye out for that red corvette ChrisFix!

  19. Thanks Chris, I just brought my new car and someone hit my car last three weeks ago and took off. I have massive dent and black paint chipped from the other car. My vehicle looks ugly and damage. The other party insurance doesn’t want to do anything about it. They blame me for being in his blind spot. I wanted to inform I was hit by a drunk driver. I needed to get rid off the paint, so seeing your video I’m gonna use every technique you have in your video to get rid off the paint. Thanks, Chris for this video and yes a dash camera is what I need on my vehicle.

  20. pleae tell me this works with onlny soap and water, and got a HUGE scratch on my door with yellow paint and I really need to avoid my mums anger

  21. Yo Chris I have this deep scratch on my front bumper on my truck can you make a video on how to fix somthing like that?

    Edit: It's like a half a centimeter deep scratch

  22. Just tried it today && u would NEVER even guess there was ever a scrape!! THANK U!! The rental company would've had my ass!!

  23. I did mine without the W-40, and the paint transfer came off like hot butter. A magic eraser, that’s all, and someone hit me at a high rate of speed.

  24. Why did you randomly film the corvette in the parking lot? Because there is no white paint on the bumper in the vids on the parking lot :O (Chris did it himself) ;OOO haha (or he went back just to prove the point)

  25. I just can’t thank you enough for this. It saved my hide more than once. Now it’s the primary method I use to clean paint transfer and scuffs off of my family’s cars. My cousins and parents appreciate this immensely.

  26. Sucks that it happened but also you got to make a nice quick video to help a lot of people. Thank you! Also, 4.13 million views towards ad revenue is not bad

  27. I can’t believe someone actually managed to hit your parked car. Not to mention it was parked all the way in the back! Someone who doesn’t like nice cars had to intentionally do it out of jealousy. Or maybe the person was just the worst driver of all time I’m actually really curious. Sucks people will always manage to mess your stuff up. This video helped me out a lot never knew it could be done like this helps me have some peace of mind with my cars that always get scratched up. Thanks again brotha may you have the best of luck next time parking

  28. You’re a life saver, Chris. Had paint transfer from a pole. It worked perfectly!! Note to self… be more careful!!!

  29. My grandfather parks his car far away also. I remember years ago when I was a kid he parked far away at Sears and some lady pulled right next to him. He flipped out and started kicking her car until she left. Who's wrong in this situation Idk I think about it every time im out somewhere

  30. Chris fix saves my day once again, driving a rental car overseas and I was staying on a narrow, congested street. There's lots of motorbikes and bicycles where I'm at , needless to say I left the car alone for an hour came out and it had a huge black scratch from the passenger headlight to the rear quarter panel, someone side swiped it with their mirror I presume. After a few long minutes of hitting it with some soap and Wd-40 it came right out. After that I waxed it over and it looks like new. Can't thank you enough for all your helpful videos.

  31. Watched this, and a few days later, I had to recall it. I hit the garage door opening with my mirror. Modern paint is quite impressive. It was a strong swipe, and it cleaned up completely. 😰

  32. What if it's both scratches and paint transfer? Should I start with the steps on this video and then move to sanding it as per your scratch video?

  33. Fabulous video! Great visuals AND audio. AND results!
    My wife's new Audi just got nailed exactly the same way in the parking lot. I'll try your technique asap.
    P.S. Aren't you worried about people BREAKING INTO your car…..just to nab your dash-cam!?!?…as in, too much incentive? Especially after they hit your car?
    Your note scenario was great, but reminded me of a great joke from years ago: Guy hits car…..people see him….he writes note and places on windshield…..note says: "People watching think I just gave you my contact info. SUCKER".

  34. IT WORKED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I swear it worked !!!!! i have had the Paint Scuffs on my car for more than 8 months !!!!!!!!!! it worked, i removed it successfully today

  35. Try wiping it off with something like Goof Off or Goo Gone on a paper towel first. Often it will quickly remove most, if not all, of the paint transfer before you finish the job with the Chris Fix method.

  36. The problem with leaving dash cam in your car when you leave is that it can attract thieves unless you store it in a hidden place.

  37. When Chrisfix cars get damaged or broke down, instead of paying someone to do it, he does it himself and gets paid by youtube..
    “if you’re good at something, don’t do it for free”

  38. I owe this man the hundreds of dollars I saved by having to go get a paint job. This genuinely works and is sooooo easy!! I’m honestly still shocked. Thank you for turning my bad morning because of a dumb mistake into a $5 target run!!

  39. I'm watching this because somebody hit my girlfriends car while she was out hiking with a friend and they left a crack, that might pop back into place and green and orange coloring, never seen anything colored orange and green

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