How to remove spray paint from cars and trucks

How to remove spray paint from cars and trucks

We're often asked whether World's Best products are suitable for car exteriors and interiors so we thought we'd share some information on this subject.


Most Graffiti and other marks on cars and trucks are fairly easy to remove, especially if it is less than 72 hours old.


Using our Sensitive Surface remover or Graffiti Safewipes in conjunction with a damp toweling rag, clean and complete small areas at a time. 



Overspray, paint scrapes, and other marks can be easily wiped away using the same method as for graffiti.



Aluminum tractor-trailer bodies are a common target for graffiti. They typically have a very light coat of white paint on them which can be vulnerable to any remover once oxidized. Some spray paints dry harder than the paint underneath, which is why it is best to try to clean these as soon as possible.  


As always make sure you test first in an inconspicuous spot before attempting large-scale removal on any vehicle.

Also, look out for vehicles that have been cheaply resprayed or have a wax coating that may be affected by solvents and would need to be reapplied as well as polypropylene plastics that could have been affected by solvent paint spray cans and subsequent cleaning.


In our experience, most drivers would rather see the graffiti removed, even if it means exposing a little of the aluminum underneath. If needed, you can lightly mist over the body again with a thin coat of white paint using a Graffitibeater Paint Turbine or HVLP sprayer.


Safewipes can be used on most car interior surfaces including leather seats. Always test first before starting. Wet down the surface first with a damp cloth and wipe away dissolved marks as you go.

Golden Tips

1) Most graffiti on vehicles, cars and trucks is fairly easy to remove, especially if less than 72 hours old. That said, remove graffiti as soon as you can.

2) We always recommend you do a test patch at first, but especially with Aluminum tractor-trailers as they're typically have a very light coated of paint, so proceed with caution.

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