Paint Thinner As Bug And Tar Remover?

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Hi. My girlfriend has a white '01 CE. She washed and waxed her car today. She needed bug and tar remover, but she was out. Instead her dad handed her a bottle of pure paint thinner and said it would be ok to use that. She trusts his opinions and used it on her bumber and I guess hood. She then washed the areas with car wash soap and waxed. The results were amazing and she said the stuff came right off! Not a spec of dirt.

Now, my concern. When she told she used paint thinner, I cringed. Isn't it generally a bad idea to use paint thinner on paint? At least on paint that you actually want to remain ON the car. I have nightmares of her paint badly discoloring or peeling off her hood if she continues to use this stuff. I've heard of using kerosene in a pinch, but paint thinner?

Ideas or thoughts?

 

fishexpo101

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Depends on the type of paint thinner. Some will strip the paint off the car immediately - some will not do anything. She probably got lucky with a solvent that does not dissolve the paint (ie. non-compatible solvent).

 

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Turns out she used mineral spirits. Aparently, from what I've read, it would never hurt the finish and paint, it's way cheeper than bug and tar remover, and the results were amazing. I was concerned at first, now I'm nothing but impressed!

Thanks,

Mike

 

Dai_Shan

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Isn't mineral spirits and paint thinner , one and the same?

I would deinfilty be wary of using it....but thats cool to hear it worked.

 

fishexpo101

I know Karate, Kung Fu, and 47 other dangerous wor
Paint thinner is a type of mineral spirit - there are many different types out there.

Mineral spirits can be found in many paints, waxes, polishes, floor care products, dry cleaning fluids, and many solvents. Generally petroleum based - some are only string enough to disolve wax, others will eat through most plastics and paints.

I'm with Dai_Shan - I would definitely wash and wax the car right after, at the very least, otherwise - even the most mild solvents will eventually eat the paint.

 

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