What is the quickest way to remove material scraped onto a car's paintwork from another car's plastic wingmirror? Removing even a small amount is so far taking a large amount of elbow grease.

  • Washing-up liquid and water with a lot of elbow grease. It comes off, but it is just taking an enormous amount of time.
    – h34
    Jun 27 '15 at 22:46
  • Buffing machines do a lot of the elbow grease for you. You could use a power drill with a buffing attachment.
    – Doug Watkins
    Jun 27 '15 at 23:16

Standard automotive repair practice is to use polishing compound for light-to-moderate finish removal, and rubbing compound for rapid, heavy removal of material; these can be found at most auto supply stores and even supermarkets, as well as online.

Be aware you're removing a bit of the auto's finish, as well as the transferred paint:

  1. Do not remove too much paint, i.e. go down to primer, or major repainting will be needed.

  2. After cleanup, apply a good paste wax to protect the area where paint was removed and to restore gloss.

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