Is Goo Gone Safe On Car Paint?

Have you ever used Goo Gone to remove a sticker from a surface and then wondered if it’s safe to use on car paint?

In this post, I’ll explore whether or not Goo Gone is safe to use on car paint and provide some tips for safely removing stickers from your vehicle.

Stick around at the bottom of the post for a video tutorial on the subject!

Is Goo Gone Safe on Car Paint?

Yes, Goo Gone is safe on car paint. However, you should be careful when using it and follow the instructions on the product label. You should also test it on a small area of your car before using it on the entire vehicle.


  • To avoid damaging the paint, test the product on a small, inconspicuous area first.
  • When using Goo Gone on car paint, always work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Apply Goo Gone to a cloth rather than directly to the car’s surface.
  • Gently rub the affected area with the cloth until the substance is removed.
  • Wash the area with soap and water once you’re finished.

Is Goo Gone Automotive same as Regular Goo Gone?

Goo Gone Automotive
Goo Gone Automotive
Regular Goo Gone
Regular Goo Gone

Goo Gone automotive is a commercial, oil-based formula. It is designed to remove all sorts of sticky stuff that gets on a car’s exterior. We are talking about decals, bumper stickers, tar, tree sap, bird droppings, oil, grease, and many others. Goo Gone Automotive can remove all these sticky items without dulling the surface. Besides, it is safe on the car’s interior except for upholstery. It also works on rims, plastic parts, and glass.

On the other hand, regular Goo Gone can provide similar effectiveness. However, it can dull the paint, meaning you may have to buff the area and apply wax after using regular Goo Gone on car paint. 

To this end, Goo Gone Automotive is not similar to regular Goo Gone. The manufacturer has tweaked the automotive formula to prevent dulling the surface while the original formula can dull the paint’s surface. 

Both Goo Gone Automotive and regular Goo Gone are not safe on silk, leather, rubber, suede, faux stainless steel, unsealed stone, unfinished wood surfaces, and unpainted drywall.

Note: Equally important is that you can use regular Goo Gone on vehicle upholstery since Automotive Goo Gone is not recommended for upholstery. It means you’ll be able to remove sticky gum, candle wax, crayons, and many others on the car seats that use upholstery. 

Buy Goo Gone Automotive below:

Goo Gone Automotive Spray Gel

Goo Gone Automotive Spray Gel


  • Easy to use
  • Comes with three clay bars
  • Safe on car paint
  • No-drip formula
  • Leaves no mess


  • Works better on tar than on sticky tree sap
  • It may leave a residue if you use too much ​

How Do You Get Goo Gone Off Car Paint?

One of the few cases where I’ve seen Goo Gone damage car paint is when you use too much and don’t clean the surface after that. In this case, Goo Gone will smear on the surface and make it look like you have a sticky adhesive on the car. 

It’s best to wash the area with soap that strips away the wax since it removes the Goo Gone along with the wax. 


  • Simple Green
  • Cleaning mitts
  • Microfiber towels
  • Plain water 
  • Buckets 
  • Foam pad
  • Polish 
  • Automobile Wax 

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Step 1: Park the car in the shade. 

Step 2: Rinse the affected area with plain water. 

Step 3: Apply Simple Green soap to the cleaning mitt and scrub the affected area until all the Goo Gone is removed. 

Step 4: Rinse the area with cold, plain water and dry it thoroughly with microfiber towels. 

Step 5: Apply a small amount of polish to the foam pad. 

Step 6: Work around the paintwork gently to apply the polish. 

Step 7: Start working the polish in circular motions until the polish is almost transparent. 

Step 8: Check whether you need to leave the polish to cure. If not, proceed to buff the area with a microfiber towel. Make sure to fold the cloth to use only the clean parts. 

Step 9: Once the area is shiny, proceed with applying wax. The wax applies similarly to the polish.

Step 10: Put a small amount of the wax on a towel and apply it to the surface. 

Step 11: Use a clean microfiber towel and move in circular motions to rub the wax until it becomes clear. 

There you go. That’s how you repair Goo Gone damage if it ever happens to your car’s paint.

Automotive Adhesive Removers

You may want to consider automotive adhesive remover for your cars. Below are my suggestions:

3M Adhesive Remover

3M Adhesive Remover

Permatex 80025 Decal and Adhesive Remover

Permatex 80025 Decal and Adhesive Remover

3M Specialty Adhesive Remover,

3M Specialty Adhesive Remover,

Sum up

Goo Gone Automotive is a strong cleaning agent that is safe on car paint. The important thing is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid cases of faded paint or residue that won’t come off. You should test the product on an inconspicuous part before using it in a large area. 

Otherwise, you can count on Goo Gone for removing bumper stickers, tar, oil, grease, brake dust, or spray paint that could otherwise be a headache to remove. 

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