Will silicone adhesive damage car paint?

Will silicone adhesive damage car paint?

Nicholas Edwards

Silicone will not damage car paint.

If you ever wondered will silicone adhesive damage car paint, the answer will surprise you. Silicone is one of the best adhesives to use when fixing things and will not damage car paint in any way.

Although some may argue that the chemical properties of silicone will ruin a car's paint job, they are mistaken. The wrong kind of waterproof sealant can eat through certain types of paints and leave a finish that is patchy looking and unattractive for years but silicones will not do this.

Many professional reviews state that although regular silicone sealants will not harm your vehicle's finish there are special water repellent coatings available to consumers now which claim to repel UV rays,  rain and will help protect car paint while also keeping surfaces sealed.

These protective coatings claim to be better than regular old silicone sealants and will not damage car paint but you will have to pay a high price for it.

If you don't want to spend the extra money on these special coatings and instead just want regular waterproof protection silicone will do the job nicely, despite some people's concerns of whether or not will silicone adhesive damage car paint? The proof is in how many professionals actually use this type of sealant on their own vehicles each day with no sign of de-paint problems.

Does silicone sealant cause rust?

Most of the time no but it can cause rust if there is moisture trapped in an area and the only thing stopping it from getting to the steel car body underneath is a layer of silicone then it will cause problems sooner or later.

How do you remove silicone sealant from car paint?

It is best to try and remove as much of the silicone sealant before going ahead with more aggressive methods of scraping off what you can't reach easily. There are a few ways to soften it up for removal:

Water dissolves most adhesives so clean it thoroughly first then spray liberal amounts on the affected area and let the water soak into it. This will help loosen up some of the gooeyness so use an old toothbrush or similar tool to brush away at the softened sealant until you have removed all that you can without damaging your car paint underneath. If there is still a residue left over after this method, wipe down all areas with a paper towel soaked in vinegar then dry immediately with another paper towel. Finally apply a liberal amount of isopropyl alchohol on top of the remaining adhesive and let this sit for a few minutes so it can also dissolve some of the sealant so you can safely remove it.

To be able to apply pressure to pry off silicone sealant without worrying about damaging car paint first use an old knife or plastic scraper blade to pry off as much as you can, then switch to your favorite metal scraper. Always scrape in the direction away from where you want the paint surface to remain intact which is usually away from yourself and towards any curbs or other obstacles!

A final thing worth mentioning here is that if at all possible wipe down every area with water before using any chemicals on it since many solvents or adhesives require a dry surface for best results.   

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