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What are some good products for removing paint?

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Products for removing paint vary depending on the types of paint and surface. Products such as Turtle Wax Renew Rx Scratch and Swirl remove paint transfers on automobiles, and a mixture of chemical strippers containing methylene chloride and absorbent material removes paint stains from concrete. 3M Safest Stripper, BioWash and Citrus Strip are environmentally friendly general-purpose paint removers, and a mixture of boiling water and baking soda can effectively remove paint from metal surfaces.

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To remove paint transfers on vehicles, individuals can apply the Renew product and rub it into the body of the vehicle with a clean cloth or microfiber pad, taking care not to rub too hard and damage the original paint. A protecting spray, such as Turtle Wax ICE Spray Wax, can restore the paint’s shine and protect against further stains.

Homeowners with paint stains on concrete can apply the mixture of paint stripper and absorbent material to the stain, wait 10 to 20 minutes for the stain to loosen, and then scrape away the mixture. Paint strippers without methylene chloride can take several hours to work but are safer and less caustic. Scouring with a powder cleaner, such as Comet, can remove the remaining loosened paint.

To use baking soda to remove paint stains on metal hardware, individuals can place the object in boiling water with baking soda for 20 minutes. Scrubbing with a toothbrush then removes the remaining paint.

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