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Old 02-27-2009, 09:57 PM   #1
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Angry Removing rattle can overspray

So, I was out washing my car today and noticed I had a whole bunch of black/brown spraypaint overspray on my passenger rear door and rear quarter panel. My roommate was out painting a few pieces on his truck earlier in the week with a rattle can and must not have took into consideration the wind....needless to say he lacks total common sense. If I woulda realized what he was doing, I would have moved my car. Anyways, anyone have experience removing this?? It's just a whole bunch of little dots that are visible up close and they are driving me nuts!! Thanks!

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Old 02-27-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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Claybar is usually my first "go to" with overspray.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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This may be a bad suggestion if someone knows more than I do, but I use scratch-x with excellent results. I was able to remove all sorts of crap from the clear coat that even body shops told me would have to be re-painted.

On second thought, maybe they just wanted to make money :-P
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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unfortunately most body shops i find dont know much about detailing, something like this, best bet is to take to a professional detailer.
but honeslty claybaring is the easiest/safest way to remove overspray.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:27 PM   #5
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clay it
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:38 PM   #6
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I was also thinking claybar, but wasn't sure. The guy that did it said he use to work for a detailing shop and recommended we clay bar it, he said he'd pick up whatever supplies, but before i started to fix it, I figured i'd get other peoples opinions first. I might give that scratch x a shot as i have it lyin around, but if not, claybar it is!! Thanks for the quick replies!!

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Old 02-27-2009, 10:43 PM   #7
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+1 clay bar
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:53 PM   #8
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If the car has the factory paint you can use a reducer, thinner, or other solvant to remove it. It will not damage the paint. When I worked in a body shop we would have people bring us cars that were vandalized with spray can paint (where a clay bar would not work). We would just wipe it off with thinner the wash and wax the panels affected. I've done this many times and never had a problem as long as the paint is factory. I've even done it on my WRX to remove glue from emblems and decals. Having said that clay bar will work too.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:55 PM   #9
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Elbow grease and any good polish should take it right off. Follow up with a good coat of wax over the area you polished. Don't be surprised if it looks so good you have to do the whole car...
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:15 PM   #10
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paint Thinner Followed By Wash And Wax.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:18 PM   #11
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+1 clay bar
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:43 PM   #12
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its overspray......not directly sprayed onto the paint, no need to use something strong as thinner.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:46 PM   #13
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ya if you mess up with the thinner...what if you take off some of your own paint!
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:27 AM   #14
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Clay bar kit. Safe and effective.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:11 AM   #15
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ya if you mess up with the thinner...what if you take off some of your own paint!
car paint now is not laquer based, you can rub thinner on there with no problems

also Claybaring would be your best bet
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:13 AM   #16
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yea, i don't think i'll go the thinner route yet, i'll start off with the clay bar and if that doesn't work i'll go to the thinner....just to be safe
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:16 AM   #17
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ya, clay bar should take it off.

i dont get why people are so scared of thinner. as long as your not putting tons of forcre thinner will do absolutely no harm to the paint.

i detail cars and have been using this technique and have never ran into any problems
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:22 AM   #18
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my $.02 if this makes the thinner sound like a good idea.
i had done a very amateur job spraying 2 pac urethane clear on an old car...and i had gotten overspray on the rear window (dumb, don't ask, lol). i tried all kinds of thinner, rubbing, soaking, etc... absolutely could not get it off, had to scrape off with a putty knife. urethane has got to be some of the most indestructible stuff on earth. if the detailers use a little lacquer thinner taking care of that stuff i'm sure it is fairly safe
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:29 AM   #19
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if you are that nervous, go with the clay bar first. I've used thinner to clean off overspray though when I painted the side mirrors on my old 93 L.
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:45 PM   #21
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i dont get why people are so scared of thinner. as long as your not putting tons of force thinner will do absolutely no harm to the paint.
I take stuff off with thinner at least once a week. It's so easy, as long as the clear is cured, itll take it right off super super easy. And as for the glass, just use a razor blade.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:33 PM   #22
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Ok, well not to thread jack, but what do you suggest to take off road tar I believe. Bug and tar remover isn't even phasing it. I clayed the car, but that didn't take it off. Should I try some thinner? It's pretty thick and was on the car when I bought it. It looks like the stuff you'd seal a driveway with or a roof.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:07 PM   #23
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thinner wont hurt, just wash the car right away afterwards and put some wax on to where you were using the thinner. i always have used automotive grade thinner because that's whats available. you can also try gasoline, mineral spirits, or bbq lighter fluid. all of which shouldnt harm your clear if washed off thoroughly afterwards, and may do the job! Plus, you dont have to go out and buy any of that **** like you likely would with clay bar.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:41 PM   #24
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Ok, well not to thread jack, but what do you suggest to take off road tar I believe. Bug and tar remover isn't even phasing it. I clayed the car, but that didn't take it off. Should I try some thinner? It's pretty thick and was on the car when I bought it. It looks like the stuff you'd seal a driveway with or a roof.
i use meguiars body solvent, works great, smells even better...lol

ps. to the next post, on the paint thinner thing, if it "shouldnt" harm the paint why suggest wash an wax immediately after???? and wow, megs or mothers claybar kit with qd spray 20.00 plus works great at more then just removing overspray. paint thinner really doesnt remove the particles on your clear like clay does.
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Definitely don`t use paint thinner, that could damage your clear coat. I agree with other that using the clay bar may be the best and easiest way to clean the overspray without damaging the original finish.
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