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Old 06-03-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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HELP, STUPID Mistake

Okay, so I decided to spray paint some wood trim outside of the garage... Well..... I am sure you know the rest of the story:

It was windy outside and yes, I have (white) over spray all over the the Black SS.... WTF.... I literally just noticed it from yesterday after taking a spin to the gracery store. First drive since and UGH....

Any advice would be MORE THAN greatly appreciated. As soon as I finish posting this, I am going to google for helpful hints, but sure one of you pro's on here got some good advice... Besides: dont ever do that again! LOL.... I know, it was very stupid....... Thanks in advacne for advice!!!
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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Might wanna try some clay. Clay bar and some lubricant or soapy water goes a long way.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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If it's just light overspray, a claybar may do the trick. If it's heavy I'll digress to Junkman or someone with more knowledge than I have.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:26 PM   #4
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Any bug removing product will work and not harm the paint. If it is worse than you can use a cleaner wax, which will also take off the over spray. I have been there and that is what I used. Just wax the car afterward.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:28 PM   #5
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Light overspray can easily be taken out with a clay bar. Clean the panel well with car soap and water then Use some detail spray as a lube and clay the hell out of the area. Depending on how dry it is you may have to use a good amount of pressure. Good luck.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:31 PM   #6
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THANK YOU....THANK YOU.... I've been googleing away, since this HAS TO BE removed needless to say. And I am afraid to take it somewhere, I would prefer to do it myself.

Have you heard of: denatured alcohol .... In another post on a Vette forum, someone referenced Painter using this to remove latex paint... The stuff I used to spray was Rustoleum in a can... Some SUPER sticky crap. I'm such an idiot.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:34 PM   #7
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Any bug removing product will work and not harm the paint. If it is worse than you can use a cleaner wax, which will also take off the over spray. I have been there and that is what I used. Just wax the car afterward.
SWEET, I also read Bug and Tar remover... Just means that I will have to go back to my #1 Coat of wax... The car only has a little over 1,000 miles and has been waxed about 6-8 times. Only caught in rain once... Looks like I will be stocking up tomorrow at advance auto and coming home and speaning my morning and afternoon in the garage.
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I use it all the time if I am painting the under carriage and somehow get some over spray on the paint. It works well and with a little bit of pressure will take it all off. I had a new car and was driving under an overpass that was getting painted, yea they did it in the day time. Needless to say my Red car had tan over spray all over it. Got the Bug and Tar remover and you could not tell. Good luck.

Note: The longer you wait the harder it is to remove the over spray, and if you park in the sun it will be much harder so do it fast.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:40 PM   #9
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I use a mild polish

Adams, Meguirs, 3M etc.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:44 PM   #10
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Try a 3m rubbing compound and a buffer just make sure its the liquid rubbing compound and a foam pad
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:52 PM   #11
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combination of clay bar and bug and tar remover got up some oil based deck stain that somehow ended up on my car last year.

Since you've waxed, there is probably a layer of wax between the overspray and your clearcoat. fear not. and be sure to read the directions on the clay bar packaging, you need to use it on a wet surface, or else you'll just smear clay on your car.
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:09 PM   #12
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I use it all the time if I am painting the under carriage and somehow get some over spray on the paint. It works well and with a little bit of pressure will take it all off. I had a new car and was driving under an overpass that was getting painted, yea they did it in the day time. Needless to say my Red car had tan over spray all over it. Got the Bug and Tar remover and you could not tell. Good luck.

Note: The longer you wait the harder it is to remove the over spray, and if you park in the sun it will be much harder so do it fast.
Thanks... What idiots, painting over pass allowing traffic, during the day at that.... I made the listake yesterday, gonna tackle it in the moring, its garaged and I plan to tackle it in the morning.

Thank you tons... The help here is imeasurable
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:14 PM   #13
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Thanks Gang, I will be sure to be at it tomorrow bright and early, cant get to it tonight. and it IS KILLING ME.... I will let you all know the outcome... It is literally covering the entire car.... not heavily, looks like dusty lighlty sand in air covered almost... So sickening.... i'm sure glad my 4 pieces of wooden trim to frame a mirror are primed (one coat of white paint by can) to hand paint once hung.... Jesus........ thought i was saving time with the trim....
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:22 PM   #14
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I know how you fill. Had my driveway sealed by a guy and I left the garage doors open. Well guess what black overspray all over my camaro, my wifes GT 500, and my Toyota Sequia.
Took a tiny tiny bit of gas on a rack and it came right off. Then washed the car with Adams Car Wash soap. Used the Adams Clay Bar next then the Adams Butter Cream wax. Shines like new...
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #15
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I know how you fill. Had my driveway sealed by a guy and I left the garage doors open. Well guess what black overspray all over my camaro, my wifes GT 500, and my Toyota Sequia.
Took a tiny tiny bit of gas on a rack and it came right off. Then washed the car with Adams Car Wash soap. Used the Adams Clay Bar next then the Adams Butter Cream wax. Shines like new...
You made me feel better.... everyone has been quite informative. I am trying the following in the exact order if necc:

Soap and water
Bug and tar Remover
Stongest Cleaner wax
Rubbing compund/Cleaner
Then Clay Bar Entire Car

All in one small area to see how or if it removes it... If it does, then contiue and wash after removal and a VERY nice coat of wax... Then I will wax again within a week.

The worst part, I made the mistake... I also have to do the same to the Travese LTZ.... Black Granite, just rolled past 1,500 miles with it. I will get it all done (hopefully) then do P90X while my meq. Tech Wax dries.... That stuff takes hours to dry, but leaves a hell of a shine and sheen, removed to soon is near worthless.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:55 PM   #16
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Well Gang:

Thanks for all of your input... It was really bad... Trust me.

The bug and tar rmover did not faze it, two differnt brands, then a cleaner wax, no dice....

I had doubts regarding the clay bar even, I thought it was going to make a trip to the body shop for extra loving. Well, ALL done, it literally took me most of the day, clay barring and then waxing. Best part about my HUGE mistake, it looks better than it did when I took delivery.

Thanks again for all the advice and input, and enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!!
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Spring is in the air and household handymen are catching up on their honey-do projects and instances like these are common...............There are a varity of solvents that can be used safely and quickly that will not affect the clear coat of your cars finish in instances like these to remove paint overspray. They are equally effective on lacquer, oil or latex based paints as well stains. Check with your local/area automotive paint supplier for product use and helpful Polly Pointers....The Chevrolet dealership/bodyshop in your area should have a list of such suppliers.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:15 PM   #18
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Little known fact but urine will get it right off as well.
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Little known fact but urine will get it right off as well.
The percentage of alcohol in your bloodstream might increase the likelyhood it would be strong enough, problematically you'd have to drink a drum of the good stuff to do the whole car....... and a kidney stone stone will slow the flow rate just when you need a quick power blast. And Please Be Careful your neighbors will be dialing 911, explainations insuing...............
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My wife last week was spraying black spray paint in the garage with my SW sitting in there I almost had a heart attack. I just washed my car and it came right off.
I hope you get it off.
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Just waxed my new LS3. In case something like this happens, will be easier to get off a waxed car. Happened before, builders spray painting siding at Myrtle Beach timehsare. White paint on my new '95 Imperial Red C220 Mercedes. Came off rubbing with soap & water, but I was one un-happy camper.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:08 PM   #22
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Little known fact but urine will get it right off as well.
So that's what this little guy is up to...

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I was hoping beyond all hope OP would come back and say the urine didn't really help. That wasn't too wrong was it?
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A Mild body scrub remover will work too.
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I was hoping beyond all hope OP would come back and say the urine didn't really help. That wasn't too wrong was it?
Lmao... No not bad at all, and the night I figured it out, before the morning I stripped it off, the alcohol was plentiful in my system... Thanks for the smile
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