How do I get handprints off my car's paintwork?

I have a light silver BMW. It's parked on the street and the neighbourhood kids seem magnetically attracted to placing hands on it as do passers-by stopping to talk to each other, leaning arm prints on the roof and doors. They don't wash out and they can't all be sunscreen. Any ideas how to get these off? If anyone has a magical deterrent spray to keep humans off the car that would be useful, too.

Asked on 19 October 2020 by Mary O'Donnell

Answered by Georgia Petrie
As annoying as that sounds, the handprints should polish out. I recommend trying a reputable polish like Autoglym, which I'll link to below. Polish removes grease, debris etc, as well as stripping away a tiny layer of the paint’s top coat - which reveals the fresh paint beneath. Therefore, don't go overboard with the polish - but polish it and then wax it if you can as the wax should help protect against some of those handprints. Halfords and various other retailers sell these products if you want to go in-store or order from there, or you can buy through Amazon.

We recommend a polish like Autoglym Super Resin Polish (, followed by Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax ( The wax should last a while so you shouldn't need to wax it for a few weeks or even a couple of months.
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