A mega guide for removing stains from your car’s paintwork

Paranoia is the first emotion any hardcore car owner feels when his car’s paintwork gets stains or chips. It is completely justified. Your car is that one asset you spend a substantial amount of your money on and seeing it get damaged can be mentally draining, to say the least. Despite all the ugliness and worry, it is crucial to acknowledge that there is very little to worry about car paint stain damage in the majority of the cases.

The explanation of this statement rests in the fact that most of the car stains are either only surface deep or etches on the clear coat of the paint rather than the actual paint coat.

Your car paint stains are only as deep as a clear coat and there is nothing to worry about the actual paint cat except under a few unfortunate situations. Although the extent of damage caused by a car paint stain is usually reversible, it is worth noting that some car paint stains are way harder to remove than others. Hence, you need to develop a good grasp of the understanding of car paint stain types and how to remove them for good.

What are the most common types of car paint stains and paint damages? 


  • Scratches in car paint: Scratches on the paintwork of your car is the most common paintwork damage. They can occur due to a myriad of reasons, mostly accidental, but on occasion possibly deliberate. Minor scratches can be dealt with using handy tools such as car paint touch up pens. Such scratches typically need relatively few stages of repair. After thoroughly cleaning the target area and removing all the contaminants, you can make use of the touch-up pens- primer, base coat and clear coat- to restore the paint in layers in a contained way. After a final polish and buffing, it will look as good as new.
  • Water stains: Water stains are often underestimated but are one of the most common car stains and make your vehicle look terrible. Your car’s paintwork is bound to contain water droplets from the last wash or storm. Instead of being carved into the car’s translucent paint, the water stains cling to the coat and lend it a disgusting look. The presence of mineral deposits in residual water spots contributes to water spots. You can quickly eliminate car paint water stains by using a chemical washing agent and a microfiber cloth. Primarily, water spots are of three types:
  • Hard water spots
  • Mineral deposit spot
  • Etched spot
  • Paint swirl marks: Swirl marks are either aggressive or extremely sight. There is nothing in between. The degree of harm depends on the source that caused the swirl mark; how much it is done, and whether paint safety items such as car wax, paint sealant or ceramic coating have been applied. Tiny yet very noticeable etchings or scratches that are embedded in the transparent coating are paint swirl marks.

    The use of standard towels or non-recommended car cleaning products and techniques for washing or drying a car creates swirl lines. It is best if you let professional car detailers resolve this issue. 

  • Paint oxidation: In the common car paint stain game, the leading competitor is not really staining but oxidation of the paint. Oxidation can gradually develop into rust and corrosion if left unattended, thereby damaging metal surfaces. With automotive paints, the bare metal exposure to oxygen, water, or salt begins with a scratch or a dent that penetrates the clear coat and the paint surface.

    The metal eventually corrodes when the oxidation process starts, which produces rust. If the rust builds up, body panels, frame components and other metal parts will eventually be weakened to the point where they need to be replaced. 

  • Tree sap stains: There are other types of common stains. Nature is causing the next level of paint damage. With their glue-like appearance, tree sap stains are usually identifiable. When tree sap falls from roots, leaves, or the tree trunk itself and lands on the paint of the car, the acidic acidic acids within the sap helps to burn through the clear coat, leaving a visible stain that is usually difficult to remove.
  • Bird droppings & Bug splatters: Bird droppings and bug splatter damage paint surfaces by acidic pollutants present in their composition, similar to tree sap stains. In a matter of hours after exposure, the harm will occur and is usually accelerated based on direct sunshine, intense humidity, and the composition of the bird’s droppings. 

How to remove common car paint stains? 

  • Automotive-grade clay: Use a good quality spray lubricant as the first step. Second, you will have to wash your car thoroughly and then slide the bar of clay slowly and uniformly over the target area. It will help you eliminate any leftover stains and add a newer look to your car’s paintwork. 
  • Clay bar treatment: Automotive clay bar is an advanced resin mixture used by auto-detailers to extract toxins and chemicals from the paint, glass fibreglass, and metal surfaces of your automobile. The detailing of clay can be natural or synthetic. However, the artificial bar of clay is more prevalent these days. 
  • White vinegar spray: Many car owners love white vinegar because it works through the stains and removes the car’s paintwork without destroying anything. Preparing a white vinegar solution is one of the most hassle-free and efficient ways to repair and enhance all kinds of automotive surface paint stains.
  • Car wash: Consider an easier procedure like car-washing before you go overboard to the car paint removal detail. A bucket wash is powerful enough to clear a large number of automotive paint stains. If not, a car wash will offer you a clear canvas so that you can assess and analyze the remaining stains and select the best-suited car paint stain removal method. 

It is always recommended to get your car detailed by a professional auto detailer to eliminate all the irregularities present on the exteriors of your car as well as the interiors.
Ultrakool provides the best-detailing service out there. If you want your car to be devoid of all kinds of stains and scratches, consider availing yourself of our services.