I know it's OT, but I get so much useful info here, that I'm sure
someone can help with this...
I have several magnetic "decals" on my car (like outlines of my dogs
etc). Makes it much easier to find my car in the large workplace parking
I know you're supposed to remove and reapply them periodically, and I
did for a while and then let it slide. Now one of the larger magnets has
fallen off (or been removed) leaving behind the outline of the magnet
and a rough area which I'm assuming is pieces of the attachment. My
question is: what is the best way to clean up that area? I figured I'd
better ask more knowledgeable people before I just try to scrub it off.
McGuire's (or pretty much any) polishing compound, available at your
Friendly Local Autoparts Store. You may still see a shadow from the
unfaded area of paint. If you grind through the clear-coat, you may need
to touch that up. If that happens, strip the wax first. Magnetic (as in
actual magnets) or that slightly tacky plastic that fuses itself into
Next set, put them on the rear window. Glass is a lot more forgiving.
And learn your license plate number. (Hey, we've all done the wrong car
thing before. I tried to unlock some lady's van- a dead duplicate of
mine- at the mall a few months ago, just as she was walking up. She
thought it was funny. Mine was a row over, and she could see it.)
Actual magnet, as in I could stick it on my house's security door. I
also have a few of the sticky decals, but those are on the glass. I'd
bought the magnetic decorations on the theory that if I changed my mind,
they'd be easy to remove. And they were, until I got lazy and stop
rearranging them. Actually maybe it is easy to get off... but I figured
it was safer to solicit a few ideas before I just plunged in and started
scrubbing. It might be tiny crumbles of dried up magnet. I wonder if
something like one of those dish sponges that are ok for no-stick pans
would work. I want to get it off before my brother sees the outline and
gives me a raft of "I told you so", LOL!
I have a vanity tag, so at least it's easy to identify my car when I'm
close. My problem at work is that half the employees also have the same
color SUVs, so the problem I have id id'ing it from a distance, but yeah
my father once did the same thing, cussing out "his" car when he
couldn't get in and then the real owner walked up... who turned out to
be someone he knew professionally!
This is just stuff that settled on the surface of the car. It
probably didn't combine with the paint, not even on the surface. I
wouldn't use any rubbing or polishing compound of any sort until I had
tried soap and water.
Somehow I ended up with black spots around my gas door and a lot more
inside the door. I've never had that before, but I had a lot of it.
I happened to have some spray product with a petroleum based solvent,
and I figured that it would dissolve the dirt, which must also have
been petroleum-based. It did nothing.
I went back a few days later with dishsoap. I don't know if I had any
water, but it was liquid dish soap. It did a wonderful job, although
it took 3 or 4 minutes. I used a washcloth to rub, since I figured
even a bounty paper towel would wear out too soon, but no brush. You
could see the big dots becomeing smaller dots and the small dots
If there is still a mark after you've washed it well, you can try
I think car washes use hot water, which might work better, but I guess
you could use hot water too.
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