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15 comments on Can you use a Magic Eraser on paint?

  1. James Tschirhart says:

    I’ve never thought of using a magic eraser on my car paint before, but this proves that it’s not the end all be all of cleaning products. But I have a question about using a magic eraser on organic surfaces such as leather or vinyl. For basic dirt removal it seems to be harmless to me but I do know that the main ingredient in the magic eraser is a low pH chemical hence it’s ability to remove marks and such. After using the eraser on these surfaces should I follow up with a balancing/protecting product?

    • James,
      I wouldn’t recommend using the Magic Eraser on vinyl or leather as it can damage the top coating (have seen people do this before).

      • Traci Gura says:

        Hi,

        I have a brand new car…. we used the magic eraser to clean off bugs… you can see the dulling in paint. I am so upset! Is there anything we can do to correct the damage caused by us using the eraser on the car? Please help….

  2. David says:

    Great write-up sir. This will definitely lay to rest a lot of wondering about this “miraculous” product. It is a very good product in many ways, and some of them pertain to detailing. But as shown here, not on painted or shiny surfaces. Do you know how this would work on the plastics of my ’01 jetta? It has that typical rubbery coating that vw/audi is known for. Any info you can give on this would extremely helpful. Thanks for all of the great blog entries and information you give to all of us rookies. Lol.

    • David,
      I’m not familiar with the interior on your Jetta, but having said that, I would limit its use strictly to the types of plastic I mentioned in the article, and at that only in extreme cases when less aggressive methods won’t work.

  3. Mike Cardenas says:

    Great article Todd. I sometimes get questions like this from my customers in regards to using household products for detailing. I always tell my customers to keep household products in the house and use only the appropriate detailing products for their car. I’ve seen a lot of damage on cars due to the “Magic” eraser pad. Great write up as always!

  4. Dalton says:

    I’ve used this on my matte bumper trim on my BMW 330i and it took off all previous waxes and sealants that have been building up over the years. Now it looks brand new. I just made sure to not get it on the paint because I’ve heard that the Magic Eraser is like a super fine sandpaper.

  5. Rishi says:

    Great write-up. Unfortunately, I am a victim of Magic Eraser, though on my expensive speakers, not car. My kid scribbled with a sketch pen on the speakers and someone decided to use the eraser when I was not looking. The sketch pen is gone but I see the super-fine swirls similar to ur pic above in a 6 in x 12 in area.. I have just started in car detailing and recently acquired the PC and a few pads, polishes and compounds that I am about to use for the first time (so, not very experienced). I there any way I can fix the markings on my speakers? I currently have Meguiars Ultimate Compound, Scratch X 2.0 and Ultimate Polish. Also have orange, white, black and blue LC pads for the PC. Any recommendations on how to fix this? Thanks!

  6. Joe V says:

    Great advice and demonstration on the test panel above.

  7. Dan says:

    I too have used the magic eraser on paint…. With a light Rubbing Compound and then wax/polish.. the car’s paint was as good as new… even removed light scratches in the paint for a high gloss shine.

  8. Kate says:

    what would you recommend using to take hard water marks off of paint? So glad I read this before I was headed out with my magic eraser!

  9. Mark says:

    Magic eraser works great on faded headlamp lenses that are plastic. Simply scour then use a buffing compound too make brillant clean lenses again magic eraser will basically sand a thin fade layer of attic away and buffing will clean that lense right up, in short magic eraser does have some practical uses on your car.

  10. Robert K says:

    WOW Thanks for the heads up. I just used a Magic Eraser on my arm rest/window sills. They look new! My next course of action was going to be using it on the exterior. You saved my Volvo. Thanks.

  11. Jennifer says:

    This article has answered so many questions I have had, except one
    Can these magic erasers be used to remove water spots on windows of the car?

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