Removing rock guard from a car can be a delicate process, as you want to avoid damaging the paint underneath. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove rock guard from your car:
Materials you’ll need:
– Clean microfiber cloth
– Rubbing alcohol
– Hairdryer or heat gun
– Plastic scraper or credit card
– Automotive paint cleaner or polish
– Wax (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the car
Make sure your car is parked in a well-ventilated area and that the surface is clean. You don’t want any dirt or debris to scratch the paint while removing the rock guard.
Step 2: Heat the rock guard
Using a hairdryer or heat gun on a low setting, gently heat the edge of the rock guard. The heat will soften the adhesive, making it easier to remove without damaging the paint. Be careful not to overheat the surface, as this can cause damage.
Step 3: Lift the edge
Once the rock guard is warm, start peeling back the edge using a plastic scraper or a credit card. Work slowly and carefully to avoid pulling off any paint. If the rock guard is resisting, you can gently heat the area again to further loosen the adhesive.
Step 4: Remove any adhesive residue
After removing the rock guard, you may notice some adhesive residue left on the paint. This can usually be removed with rubbing alcohol. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a clean microfiber cloth and gently rub the adhesive until it comes off. Avoid using excessive force or scrubbing, as this can damage the paint.
Step 5: Clean and polish the paint
Once all the adhesive residue is removed, use an automotive paint cleaner or polish to clean and restore the paint. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clean microfiber cloth and gently rub it onto the surface in circular motions. This will remove any remaining dirt and help restore the shine of the paint.
Step 6: Wax the area (optional)
If desired, you can apply a layer of wax to protect the paint and give it a glossy finish. Apply the wax according to the instructions on the product and use a clean microfiber cloth to buff it into the paint.
Remember to always read and follow the instructions on the products you use, as different cars and situations may require specific steps or precautions. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the process or if you’re dealing with a particularly stubborn rock guard, it’s best to consult a professional automotive detailer. They will have the experience and specialized tools to safely remove the rock guard without causing any damage to your car’s paint.