How To Repair Auto Paint Damage From Eggs

Egg throwing isn't harmless fun as many people believe. But if your vehicle gets egged on Halloween or any other time, don't panic. It can be fixed without professional help. 

Eggs were once used to make paint, and they still are used to make waterproof glue, since they harden easily. However, the eggs will eventually eat through the paint because of the sulfur content. Here are tips to repair paint damage from eggs.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need: 

  • work gloves
  • paper towels
  • bucket
  • power washer or hose
  • washing mitt
  • auto wash solution 
  • high-grit sandpaper
  • white vinegar
  • brake cleaner
  • pure polish
  • paint applicator
  • touch-up auto paint

Wash the egg as soon as possible with a power washer on medium setting or with a hose. Use an auto wash solution mixed with water in a bucket and a wash mitt to scrub the egg.

To remove stubborn egg remnants, make a mixture of half white vinegar and warm water. Moisten a folded paper towel in the mixture, lay it on the stain for several minutes, then rinse.

Try brake cleaner if the egg has completely dried. However, don't leave it on the stain too long, since it is highly flammable. Make a thick pad from paper towels to apply the brake fluid. Don't use cloth towels for this step.


Soak sandpaper in water overnight to reduce the grit. Gently sand the area until the egg stain is until it is gone. Keep the sandpaper moist to reduce damage. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser may be used instead of sandpaper as its surface is like high-grit sandpaper.

Use pure polish and a rotary polisher with a 100% wool buffing pad to remove scratches left by sand paper. After this buffing change the wool pad to a soft pad, and buff out swirl marks left by the polisher.


Raise the hood, and look under the firewall for the paint code so you can buy the right shade of color for your car. The firewall is the piece of metal that sits between the passenger seat and engine under the hood. The paint code may also be printed on a sticker inside the door.

Park the vehicle in a dry area. Prime the surface with a small brush, and let it dry.

Prepare paint according to the manufacturer's instructions. Dab some paint on a hidden surface to test the reaction.

Apply as many coats as needed to match the original color, and let the paint dry between layers. The repaired area will looked raised, but that is normal. If you can't paint right away, apply nail polish, but don't use it as a permanent solution.

While you can't always prevent egg throwing, a clear coat of wax will help protect the new paint and reduce damage. If you don't trust your skill or the damage is extensive, take it to a professional auto painter such as those found at Select Collision Group.