Vehicle Road Paint Removal

If your vehicle has come into contact with paint from road painting equipment, the good news is that it is not hard to remove this paint as long as you follow the following procedures:

  • Wash the vehicle using a pressure washer on the affected areas immediately before it has time to dry. Doing this should loosen and remove the paint from your vehicle.
  • If the pressure washer does not remove the road paint, allow the water to dry and then apply WD-40 to the affected areas and leave it on the vehicle for 1-2 hours. Pressure wash the vehicle again after 1-2 hours. The WD-40 softens the road paint without hurting the vehicle’s finish. Keep repeating this process until all of the paint is removed.
  •  In case the paint has dried for more than a day, apply a considerable amount of Vaseline or petroleum jelly to the paint and let it stay on for 8 to 12 hours, then pressure wash the vehicle. Repeat this process until satisfied with the results. Patience is the key here!
  •  After the road paint is finally off your vehicle, apply a good coat of car wax to the vehicle’s finish. The wax should remove any extra signs of road paint that may have been left on your vehicle.
  • For paint that has accumulated on the vehicle’s wheel wells, apply a coating of Vaseline or petroleum jelly and leave on for several days and then pressure wash the area. Rubbing alcohol applied to the wheel wells may also help to soften and remove extra paint that may have been left on after using the Vaseline. Make sure not to scrub the area. Just apply with a very wet rag or sponge. Remember that alcohol is flammable, so please use care when applying.

Almon Equipment provides this information as a courtesy only and does not accept any responsibility for its use or for any damage that results from driving on wet paint.