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Old 16-07-2019, 11:21   #1
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Good product to remove oil stains from bodywork

I have some greasy/oily handprints on my car from work done at workshops. Anyone suggest a good product to remove them, without damaging the body paint?
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I should think an APC like Autoglym interior shampoo should easily do the job or even just some undiluted dish soap . If not a simple polish like Autoglym SRP will be safe enough.


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Old 18-07-2019, 12:56   #3
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Oil can sometimes damage and permanently mark clearcoat. Sometimes even to the degree that when the etchings are brought back up to gloss by a fine machine polish, sometimes they get re-activated in sunlight and re-appear as etch damage...

First step is a degreaser to get as much of the oil residue out of the porous clearcoat as possible. Then follow up with a tar remover. Then follow that up with a normal detergent car-wash. If that doesn't shift the markings, I reckon it's then onto machine polish stages, making sure that a degreaser then an IPA wipe is used at the end of any discrete stages of polishing. If that fails, it's on to wet sanding, and machine polish...

All the best and hope it's a simple and easy blemish to rectify.

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I'd use brake cleaner. I use it a lot on paintwork and have never known it damage the finish, although it's always a quick spray on and microfibre to wipe off straight away.
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Try Tardis or Meguiars compound with DA machine.
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I’ve got a sun cream mark on mine. Detailed it and it won’t shift. Good luck with yours.
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