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How to Clean Enamel Paint

Enamel paint is a long-lasting coating that comes in any color imaginable. To maintain that color, apply a system of regular maintenance. The most basic step is cleaning the painted surface. Keeping your surface clean can cut down on long-term dulling caused by dirt.

Cleaning painted enamel requires a few easily found household cleaing items.

Things You Will Need

  • PH-neutral cleanser
  • Water
  • 2 buckets
  • Trigger sprayer
  • Sponge
  • Towel

Enamel paint is a long-lasting coating that comes in any color imaginable.  To maintain that color, apply a system of regular maintenance.

The most basic step is cleaning the painted surface.  Keeping your surface clean can cut down on long-term dulling caused by dirt.

Cleaning enamel paint is a simple process and quickly completed if done correctly. 

  1. Create a soapy solution consisting of the pH-neutral cleanser and warm water in a bucket. Add enough cleanser so the water has suds and mix the solution thoroughly. Fill the trigger sprayer with the cleaning solution.
  2. Fill a second bucket with slightly cool clean water.
  3. Spray the painted surface with the solution, covering the surface with a light layer of solution. Wet the surface, but do not saturate it to the point where the solution begins to drip. The solution will begin dissolving the dirt upon contact, making cleaning easier. Wait five minutes for the solution to begin breaking down the dirt before cleaning.
  4. Dip the sponge into the cleaning solution, dampening it. Starting from the bottom of the enamel-painted surface, use a small circular motion to wash the surface, working your way upward to the top. Rinse the sponge in the clean water bucket periodically to prevent the sponge from becoming soiled and moving dirt from one section of the wall to another. After rinsing the sponge, dip it again into the cleaning solution. Wash cars from the top of the painted surface to the bottom where the vehicle is likely to carry the most dirt.
  5. Wash the surface until you’ve cleaned the entire surface.
  6. Empty the rinsing bucket and fill again with clean water. Go over the painted surface with water to remove any soapy residue. Allow the surface to air-dry, or dry it with a clean towel.

Things You Will Need

  • PH-neutral cleanser
  • Water
  • 2 buckets
  • Trigger sprayer
  • Sponge
  • Towel

About the Author

Larry Simmons is a freelance writer and expert in the fusion of computer technology and business. He has a B.S. in economics, an M.S. in information systems, an M.S. in communications technology, as well as significant work towards an M.B.A. in finance. He's published several hundred articles with Demand Studios.

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