How to Repair Car Paint Damage from an Egg How to Repair Car Paint Damage from an Egg
As a prank, many kids will throw eggs at cars without realizing the type of car paint damage it can cause. The egg can eat away at the paint and clear coat. The cost to repair the paint if you take it to an auto shop can cost hundreds of dollars. Removing the egg is not difficult, but doing so will most likely remove paint along with it, but you can also repair that paint damage. The following article will show you how to properly remove the egg and repair the car paint damage.
Step 1 - Removing the Egg
The longer an egg sits on the car the worse the damage will become. The enzymes in the egg will eat away at the clear coat and the paint of the vehicle. The impact of the egg shell on the car's paint can cause the paint to chip off. It is important to get to the egg as soon as possible before any of this happens. Over time the egg will dry and take much longer to remove. Find where the egg is and wipe it off with a soft towel. Even if you remove the egg there will be residue left behind. Fold a piece of paper towel into a square and soak it in a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. Place the towel on top of the egg and allow it to work for several minutes and then wipe off. Paint may be removed with the egg.
If the egg has dried repeat the process as above, but use brake cleaner. This will most likely remove some top cleat coat, as well as paint.
Step 2 - Prepare the Area
With the egg removed you can now prepare the area to be repaired. Use sandpaper with a very high grit and soak it in water overnight. Start sanding the area where the egg stained the paint. It is important to keep the sandpaper wet. Continue sanding until the stain has been removed.
Step 3 - Polishing
Using the sandpaper will create scratches on the surface of the car. Use the rotary polisher to remove the scratches. The speed of the rotary polisher will actually be melting the clear coat so that it covers the scratches.
Step 4 - Repairing the Car Paint Damage
Since the egg can chip the paint and the enzymes in the egg can eat away at the paint and clear coat you may need to repair the damaged paint. Use the sandpaper and rotary polisher as you did previously. The clear coat will not be sanded to create a smooth finish, but any metal imperfections will be removed. Get a small amount of the paint from the car dealer and paint the areas that need touching up. You may need more than one layer. Allow the paint to dry and then cover with clear coat. Clear nail polish acrylic can be an inexpensive substitute.