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How do I get paint splatters off car?

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by lmccauley, May 29, 2005.

  1. lmccauley

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    I recently noticed that the passenger side of my car has a sprinkling of white paint along the bottom half. It's fine from a distance, but I'm in the process of cleaning it up to sell so anyone inspecting it will see it immediately. I think it must have been from when my neighbour had their outside woodwork painted. :mad:

    I can get the odd mark off with my nail, but there must be thousands of them. I tried t-cut on a small patch, but it didn't have any effect.

    Anyone know of some way to get them off without damaging the underlying car painwork, or am I looking at taking it into a body shop?

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    There are cutting pastes moe abrasive than t-cut.Not sure if they are available to joe public.I had a similar problem a few years ago and i took my car to my dealer who used a very coarse paste to great affect.
     
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    i know it sounds daft, but if they are droplets use a soft cloth, like a duster and rub VERY hard, should pull em off id of thought, DONT use an abrassive brush abviously lol
     
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    What a small world it is. I have the identical problem (on the bonnet). The bodyshop at my dealer's has attempted to polish out the spotting but to no avail and says the only solution is to respray the affected areas. I'm confident they're telling the truth as they're highly reputable and I've used them for years.
     
  5. lmccauley

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    I hope it doesn't need a respray, as it managed to hit 3 panels. :(

    I'll try the soft duster method when it dries up outside.

    Is there no solvent that would work on wood paint, but not affect the paint used on cars?

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    i wouldnt risk it.

    how much you selling the car for? if its not much i wouldnt bother. if its alot sue the neighbour lol
     
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    I Managed to cover my car in decking stain a few years ago when i was spraying my front fence with it :oops: Had to get a full respray :( :nono:

    Adrenochrome.
     
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    The car's worth about £4k. Unfortunately, I didn't notice the paint until after my neighbours had moved.

    I don't know whether the paint is water or solvent based. It is white (can you tell I'm not into diy...?). I'm assuming that it is outdoors woodwork paint. Is that usually one type or another?

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    Not being a paint expert but isn’t car paint cellulose base and needs cellulose paint striper which is very harsh were house gloss paint takes turps based thinners which is not as harsh??????????????????????
     
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    If it comes off with your nail why not try a sharpend piece of soft wood like pine or something, maybe a wooden food spatula?. I'm thinking something that is about as hard as your nails that will scrape off the paint but too soft to actually damage the car paint.
    Then, when the spots are off polish up with a bit of tcut. It can't do any harm as a last resort before a respray. As long as you don't use anything too hard that will damage the surface of the car paint.


    -Neil
     
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    Try going to your local Decorators Merchant and look for Painter's Hand Wipes. Try on a discrete area first but it should remove the spots. You may have to put some effort into it though.

    Alternatively you could try a product called Biospirt. It's made from rape seed and takes small paint splatters of the skin with a little work, so it should be alright for cellulose based paint that car's use.

    This may seem a bit obvious but use cotton rag with any liquids as they won't break up like kitchen roll.

    Hope this might help

    Joel
     
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    In a former life, I was a car valeter so:

    Dont use paint stripper

    Dont use abrasive pastes as the it will create thin patches of paintwork

    Use thinners such as Finnigan's, a cotton cloth and gentle rubbing action. This will break down the foreign paint nicely. It will als remove tar spots and other sticky stuff.

    Too much rubbing will mark the paint work!

    Its hard work but worth it. Once clean, T-cut & polish and you will never know the difference.
     
  14. Paul D

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    I have used "white spirit" in the past.
    Most body shops use this to clean paintwork before applying badges etc.
    It doesn't effect car paint with brief contact.
    Apply it to a clean soft cloth, and gently rub.
    After cleaning a small area, have a clean damp cloth on hand to wipe any excess paint spots and white spirit off.
    Finish by giving the area a thorough rinsing, and then clean and polish as normal. :smashin:
     
  15. lmccauley

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    Well, I have cellulose thinners and white spirit in the garage. Which would you recommend I use?

    Thanks again for all the advice guys. This forum never ceases to amaze me with the help you can get on all kinds of subjects. It's not bad for AV, either.

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
  16. Paul D

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    Do NOT use the cellulose thinners! :eek:
     
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    Ekk that willl remove everything in sight and leave you with bare metal, like above no way use it, it is harsh what you might call paint acid.
     
  18. lmccauley

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    Paul,

    Can I borrow your avatar while I say "Doh!"...? :blush:

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    Does this mean your now going for the polished bare metal look :D
    John
     
  20. Paul D

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    Liam, i hope your joking right? :rolleyes: :oops:
     
  21. lmccauley

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    It's OK, I meant "Doh!" for me even suggesting the cellulose thinners... I've been too busy to have a go at the paint yet. Will try on a small section of the bumper tomorrow with white spirit and see how that goes.

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    Wire wool.
     
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    Brillo.
     
  24. Paul D

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    Nitromors? :devil: :suicide:
     
  25. lmccauley

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    White spirit didn't do any good. Will take it to a local bodyshop recommended by a colleague next week when I have time. Will let you know the damage... :eek:

    Cheers,
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    You could try using a clay bar. Its excellent at removing overspray and really hard to remove tar spots. It worth a try.

    You may be able to get it from halfords or somewhere similar.

    Heres a link to some:

    http://www.seriousperformance.co.uk/sp/products/maintenance.php

    Check out the Meguiars Quik Clay Detailing, I think it comes with the spray.

    I've used a clay bar before to remove overspray on my alloy wheel left from a careless bodyshop.
     
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    100% agree, claying would be my fist choice. If the consumer clay does not work (I am confident it will), stronger more abrasive clay can be obtained. Clay is used by some bodyshops to remove any overspray.

    Clay is easy to use and very effective. I would then clay the entire car and you will be amazed at how smooth the paint becomes
     
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    Bodyshop got rid of my spotting - but only by respraying bonnet, bumper and front wings, a four-day job. Bank account looking very poorly. Liam how did you get on?
     
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    I'd certainly recommend a clay bar, do the whole car and you will be amazed at how smooth the paintwork is - ready for a good wax coating.

    I'd seriously recommend Swissol, may look expensive, but you use so little it lasts for ages. Paint rubber set is on this page: http://www.swissol.com/E/GB/Produkte_Lack2.htm
     
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    Hi guys,can i just hijack this thread for a second.I've always used a cutting polish in such situations.I'd never heard of clay bars.How do you use them,are they purely a mild abrasive,ie do you rub them over the offending piece of paintwork?
    Cheers
    ian
     

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