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Writing on Car Windows 101

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Chalk markers are an easy way to adorn your car with festive messages
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Writing on your car’s windows is a festive way to celebrate special occasions (especially if you need to decorate your vehicle for an upcoming drive-by car parade). Here’s how to write on your car’s glass surfaces the safe way, and how to remove it after the partying is over.

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What to use

Chalk markers are the safest product to use when writing on your car’s windows, as It Still Runs confirms. These come in two forms: water-based and oil-based. Chalkola’s Fine Tip Chalk Markers are a great non-toxic, water-based formula available from Amazon. It also has the added perk of being odorless, which is great news if you can’t stand the stench of some other brands of chalk markers.

For an oil-based solution, Solid Paint Markers get excellent ratings. You can purchase a two-pack of white ones from Amazon for less than $7.

What not to use

Some people swear by using white shoe polish, but this substance can be challenging to remove and can damage your vehicle’s coast of paint. Permanent marker is another product used to write on car windows, but it’s harder to remove than chalk marker residue.

How to clean off the writing

Regardless of what occasion you’re celebrating by writing on your car’s windows, you’ll eventually need to wipe off the text so you can enjoy a clean car and more visibility when you’re behind the wheel. What you use to clean off the writing depends on what type of chalk markers you used.

For water-based chalk markers, use a clean razor blade designed to remove paint to scrape it off the glass. Use a cloth towel to remove the chalk as it accumulates, to keep the razor blade grime-free during the process. Next, clean the painted area with a mixture of water-based liquid detergent and warm water.

To remove oil-based marker from your car window, use acetone. Start by washing the painted area with the detergent/warm water mixture mentioned above. Next, put on rubber gloves and apply acetone to the window with a clean cloth. (Note: Make sure to do this outside in a well-ventilated area and avoid inhaling the fumes during the process). Finish this cleaning method by washing the window again with the detergent/water solution.

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Warm soapy water is just one of the things you’ll need when cleaning off chalk-marker writing from your car’s windows
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No matter what you’re celebrating, it’s fun to decorate your car and tell the world it’s your time to shine. With a little bit of preparation, you can write with ease.