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 comments

  • EVDATH

    Micro rag and light acetone.

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  • ShadowDark Pro

    Even in Dubai they hit a run while you left your car in the parking.

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  • Arjan Bilderbeek

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  • BJB

    People in general SUCK but you ChrisFix are a class act

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  • Kris Hinrichs

    THANK YOU Sooooooooooo MUCH for posting this informative video!!!! A dirty bastard scuffed my Beemer Z4 and left white paint on it. I got it ALL Rubbed out thanks to you!

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  • Jesse Zitting

    Sometimes, the damage is a little deeper.

    Damn Chris. You okay?

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  • Xavier Lebel

    This is helpful. My neighbor always park halfway in my spot so today i grabbed the 3$ worth of material to fix paint transfer and did one on his car and went oh sorry don't worry i'll fix it now he's parking in his spot only🀣

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  • Glenn Heiselman

    My car is packed with C4 with a contact switch.. I pitty the foo that hits my car. Hee hee hee !

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  • Marcus Garcia

    This video has saved my life

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  • Mirco Alexander

    I bet someone with a white car used this video to get red paint off his car!

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  • Luis Avitia

    The has been painted before

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  • Indigo

    Got my first car a few months back and am now able to drive myself, but back on my learners I had the same thing happen and my neighbour pointed it out to me, it was really devastating and its really cut deep into the bumper, I'm unsure if this method would work but I enjoy watching! Keep it up πŸ™‚

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  • msdoryable

    Thank you!! It really helped me with my car!!

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  • J Vee

    Just got three words for u brotha, You the man !!!!

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  • Noeh Medina

    🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 LMFAO who you piss off? They went out of their way just to hate on your car guy.

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  • Thomas L Bruce

    People are Assholes!! They do it on purpose when people park like this!

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  • sons.of.the.sun

    I suspect it was mall security

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  • Jack Wagon

    Very awesome. Thank you for the run down on supplies and technique for the job. Much appreciated.

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  • _ ___AirbusTeslaFanBoii100___ _

    i own a MPV for 4 years and i dont even have a scratch or paint scuff.

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  • kalkansemy

    you talk fast, just talk slow, okey :-/

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  • JakePostonJake1

    Hey thank you man for the video and showing me how to remove paint transfer. Just 10 minutes ago I was at the carwash and I bumped into one of those yellow poles and I had yellow paint transfer on my white car and I just followed this video and it came right off like it never even happened. You're a real headache savor.

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  • midiboy

    Lol – 867-5309 I think Jenny is well into her 50's by now :). Great video – new subscriber!

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  • BarbaraL Lowell

    Hey friends … I love love love Mr. Eraser … I use it for everything when I can't removed a mark: walls, switch plates, stainless steel fridge, all kinds of car stuff. One drawback is it gets easily wrecked, just all dirty and smashed up, so what I do is cut it into a piece that matched the task, because the power of the spongey part is right under your fingertips so I make strips, squares, even 1" square, cut in half or quarters, etc. etc. The rest stays in my cabinet in perfect condition. There is no product that matches this one, the pores are so small that it gives you the best chance of removing a stubborn mark. I think it was developed for NASA use, but anyway just sharing.

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  • Demre Kolanci

    Reg is exp

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  • Jalen Johnson

    Gasoline out my lawnmower removed paint transfer off of my mustang with out all the steps

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  • David Wright

    Lacquer Thinner will take the transferred paint off in a heartbeat! As long as the cars paint is original or has been professionally repainted this won't harm the finish. Use some common sense when doing this. Take a soft cloth or paper towel and wet it with the thinner (NOT DRIPPING WET ! )Just moisten the cloth or paper towel well and then wipe over the area with light pressure. It will remove paint transfer and scuff marks. Do this outside and dispose of the cloth/paper towel in outdoor garbage can! Then buff the area with some compound because there is likely damage to the paint underneath the transfer. May not all buff out but should improve it.

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  • EVER GREATEST

    5:47 it may "accidentally" give you some content for YouTube also πŸ˜‚

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  • SSpankin Stangs

    There are some jealous douchebags out there who go out of there way to park really close to nice cars that park in the back of parking lots

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  • Taylor Made Daydreams

    are you in MI that looks like one of our malls, then again I guess they all look the same

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  • Benny Hallett

    Yo is this independence? Lol only like a couple years late

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  • Po Patra Akrakul

    Thanks for this chris!

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  • ScaniaTruckLover

    Teens are scuffers

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  • ExxistenceTV γƒ… A.K.A ε­˜εœ¨γƒ†γƒ¬γƒ“γƒ…

    Chris’ Corvette is originally Black, i found it on one of his videos back in 2012. he repainted the corvette to red. And i see the rooftop was black.

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  • Sami Sabori

    Very nice πŸ‘

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  • wendyandmanny

    Chris, I could freaking hug you right now!!! I have watched your channel for awhile now, and have followed some of your advice, but I had to pop on here and thank you for all these videos, especially this one. I saved for 2 1/2 years to buy a brand new vehicle in cash, and have tried to be as gentle as possible to her. I was so mad at myself for managing to hit a shopping cart in the middle of a parking lot. Just when I thought I was going to have to live with the blemish and maybe try buffing it out, I stumble upon your vid. Followed the directions to the letter, came out perfect!!!! I cannot thank you enough, and I am so happy right now.

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  • Calvin Wein

    0:37 look closely at the number on the bottom of the note
    Any good music fan knows what I am talking about

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  • Diego Magat

    Sir, can I order dash cam?

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  • prasiddha

    Or you can use nail polish remover

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  • Noah Sampson

    Works as well as advertised forsure. Saved me so much money:)

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  • Smit Patel

    Does WD-40 do the work? But I don’t have melamine foam. What to use for rubbing? I’m from India. One drunk man scratched my car while i was waiting at crossover

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  • Ngoc Long

    Wow, amazing knowledge & experience, thank you

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  • Dimitri Stewart

    It is bad to park your car a far distance in a parking lot. It can discreetly and easily be stolen or broken into.

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  • Maneet Sanghera

    What if it’s a white Car

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  • Suzkun PW & GT

    Hey Chris! What if i hit a flower pot and the pot's paint transferred to my front plastic bumper?? I hope you can help me with this. Thank you so much

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  • Bean Soup

    Do you people really give a damn about the circumstance the fact is Chris made a video for you be happy with that

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  • Passenger Shaming

    THANK YOU!!! I just (lightly) scraped a white drive-thru pole onto my new black car's bumper. Say a prayer I only need the WD-40 and eraser lol

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  • Robert E. Blackmon

    I don't usually put much into these hack fixes BUT this worked 100%. There were a few factors. First it must be topical paint transfer. It can't be embedded into the paint job. Second your directions and instructions were spot on. And third you MUST have patients. Thanks again for this video. My red mustang looks as good as new. BTW it was yellow paint transfer from a parking lot pole.

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  • ALPHA A DIECAST

    This video really helped!! Thank you πŸ™‚

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  • Mostafa

    Wonderful

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  • The Last Son of Crypto

    lol. I love your videos but spare us the bullshit.

    The story that starts with "after a nice Dinner at Jc Penny's" is usually a lie.
    You know how hard someone has to try to scrape your car there.and literally nowhere else? Really difficult. In fact, one of the few ways you get scratches there and nowhere else is because you tried to fit it into a tight spot at an angle. Chris didn't leave a note though. =D

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  • Kathleen

    I scrubbed a little to hard and now the spot it dull in color. What should I do?

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  • Con Alexopoulos

    Crap, wd40 does not work, try it on your girlfried

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  • Aishly Allyza

    How can i remove a sticky paint?? Its like an electrical tape was attached to my plastic bumper when i hit that flower pot.. Thanks Chris

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  • Max-Andrew McMillan

    good one, thanks,

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  • Kelvin Cao

    Hey Chris, what else do you recommend using other than the Magic Eraser? I can't found those over where I am. Does 3000 or 5000 grid sand paper work the same?

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  • AndrewVplayzTheGamerDoge Vang

    who likes red?

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  • funnyglitch

    Will you ever show your face

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  • Robert M

    Had a paint related question and didn't see a video on it.

    I've got a black car that's over 13 years old and the front bumper doesn't look very good. Lots of dings and gashes from years of getting hit with small debris, won't come out with normal polishing compound.

    What would you do to restore it to a like-new condition for minimum cost? Remove the bumper, sand and spray paint? Buy a used bumper from a parts car? Seems like the perfect topic for a new video..

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  • D Elwood

    Very good information! Worked just as in video ! Took 15 mins! THANK YOU!

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  • Will Stinson

    This method worked out GREAT! for my Tesla Model S. Thanks for taking the time out to do this video to help myself and others.

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  • Jarishia M.

    IT WORKS! THANK YOU JESUS and You Chis!

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  • Miguel Jewel

    Tekashi 69 knows who hit Chris fix’s car

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  • Phil W.

    I don’t usually sign on, comment and like a video, but this saved my ass and I had to give credit man! Awesome video!!!

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  • PieFaceTheAmazing / GDSuperScythe

    So it is soapy water.

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  • Steve Ortega

    This was awesome. Saved me a trip to the body shop. All I used was the WD40 and Magic Eraser and it worked perfectly.

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  • Dundas Toronto

    Thank you!!

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  • Falcon

    Quite simple
    In Switzerland this is a crime
    Most of the time they find the vehicle

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  • MuddyBob 650

    867-5309? I smell a song Chris may know!

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  • Williee Lumper

    Get any kickback from WD-40 or Magic Eraser yet..lol..Its always white paint..whyyyyyy…

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  • Luis Ontiveros

    PLEASE REPLY I NEED HELP I scratched the drivers side door panel and it’s a deep deep scratch and it’s rough any tips please? (It’s my moms car) I have to fix it by tomorrow without her knowing)

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  • brandobandit

    I'm gonna try this trick. Thanks as always Chris!

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  • KayKay Kaliseo

    When you buy a brand new Mercedes and a ginormous bright blue truck parks next you and swings open their door and transfers their paint on your white car πŸ™ƒ

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  • Luis Escamado Nhamue

    Fucking delicious hahaha

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  • Order 66

    What would be an alternative to magic eraser? A kitchen sponge? I dont think i can find a magic eraser in Europe.

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  • Aleena Fernandez

    You saved my life from the wrath of my parents, thank you

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  • John Lewis

    my fucking BOY

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  • Tommy James

    Great video and nice vette!

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  • immanuel colbert

    Hey Chris the link for the camera doesn't work. I'd like to get one whats the name of the camera ?

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  • Adam Banas

    I used this video to fix a paint scuff on the back bumper of my car. By coincidence it was also be a C4 Corvette! This one was my fault though. Backing into the garage with an unfamiliar car…mistakes were made. But luckily because of this video it's like it never happened. Thanks Chris!

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  • Luke

    Thank you for this!! Just got me through a bad situation when I ran into my garage door frame

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  • Chance Gregory

    Thanks for this video! Magic eraser worked lime a CHARM!!

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  • Trikks

    It rained last night and there’s a bunch of these white patches like yours

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  • J Hernandez

    Love this thanks for this info,super helpful πŸ€—πŸ’…

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  • Matthew Biondi

    Was that Bridgewater commons mall?

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  • Jason Shubert

    Thanks for all your videos

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  • YelpitsFaith83

    Will this work in old paint scratches about two years old?

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  • juju

    Dude you are an idiot!!!!!!! Your clear coat will be gone in that area in a month and it will look worse than the actual paint trasnfed

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  • Chong Kelvin

    I wonder if I could use sandpaper instead of magic erasers?

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  • xbrz

    You should make a video on how to install a rear mounted dash cam or backup camera on an older car

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  • DavyDave1313

    I was super angry when this happened 2 weeks ago. I do the same thing I park far away and SOMEHOW someone hit my front bumper. My car is black and it has white paint scratched into it(I think) so it is very noticeable. Am gonna try this and see how it goes tomorrow hopefully it is just white transfer paint that I am seeing.

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  • Pyrate Lore

    867-5309 am I the only one that noticed this lol

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  • Peter Pham

    The only reason someone will park next to you is shade

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  • CSX TRAINS MEET CP TRAINS

    car gets paint scuff HEY GUYS CRISFIX HERE!!

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  • james miller

    Why is it always cars with white paint scratching people's cars?

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  • Pyche_513

    My Mom is absolutely fucking crazy and is verge kicking me out. She's wanted to put the car in my name for months now, but financial situations have left me replying on her. We have been declining in out relationship, and I'm afraid she's going to kick me out as soon as she sees it. You probably saved me her kicking me out of her life and taking my car back to the dealership. I want be able to get away without damage, but I think I can get the worst of it off with this video. Probably saved my fucking life

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  • hayden gemberling

    I watch all your videos to learn how to do different auto maintenance on my own mustang

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  • Veni Vidi Vici

    Chris I had the same problem. Literally after I got my car, I parked it at the gym to go work out. When I came back, someone didn’t know how to park and caused a dent and paint transfer. They didn’t leave a note and took off. I parked perfectly mind you. It’s nothing major, all I did was clean paint transfer and applied some touch up paint. It bothered me for a week then I just had to live with it. The body shop tried to over charge me too and I said no thanks.

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  • kasun devasinghe

    0:39 who is joe ? πŸ˜‚

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  • ishan_desai 124

    Only 12 but love to watch your vids.

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  • Cars Enthusiast

    Just use brake oil!

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