How to Remove Chewing Gum on a Car Exterior

What You'll Need
A can of compressed air
Soft cleaning cloths
Ice cubes
Gum remover
Bug remover
Car wax
Liquid dish soap
A small bucket
Water

Knowing how to remove chewing gum stuck to the exterior of a car can prevent damage to the vehicle that may be caused by scraping the adhesive material from the finish. There are simple, safe, and effective methods for removing the gum from the exterior of your car.

Step 1 - Prepare the Car

If the gum has become stuck to the exterior of the car during warm weather, it is best to park the vehicle in a cool shaded area to work on the gum removal. Use a soft cleaning cloth to carefully and gently clean any dirt and residue from around the area that might cause any scratching damage to the car.

Step 2 - Use Compressed Air

A can of compressed air can be purchased from a local office supply or hardware store. This compressed air is typically used to remove dirt, dust, and other residues from fragile computers parts. Spray the compressed air onto the gum on the car. The air will harden the gum and make it easier to remove. Once the gum is completely hard, carefully pull it from the car.

Step 3 - Try Ice Cubes

Ice cubes work much the same way as the compressed air. The cold ice will harden the gum however, this process may take a little longer than the compressed air. Fill a small plastic bag with two or three ice cubes. Hold the ice cubes against the gum until it becomes hard. Carefully pull the hardened gum from the car exterior.

Step 4 - Use Bug Remover

Bug remover can be purchased from a local hardware or auto supply store. These chemicals are designed to remove insect residue that is stuck on a car exterior without causing any damage to the finish. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the bug remover. Spray the remover on to the gum. Apply the bug remover to a soft, clean cloth. Use the cloth to gently rub the remover into the gum. Use a circular rubbing motion to clean the gum from the car. Continue the process until all of the gum has been removed. Combine one squirt of liquid dish soap with 2 cups of warm water in a small bucket. Immerse a cleaning cloth into the soapy water. Squeeze out any excess liquid. Rinse the remover from the car with the warm, soapy water. Finish the gum removal by waxing the car with a protective wax.

Step 5 - Try Gum Remover

Gum remover can be purchased from an industrial cleaning supply store. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the gum remover. Apply the remover to the gum. Allow the remover the necessary amount of time to work. Remove the gum from the car. Continue the process until all of the gum has been removed. Rinse the remover from the car with warm, soapy water. Finish the gum removal by waxing the car with a protective wax.