Removing Overspray

Removing overspray is a common problem in the world of auto detailing, and a service that I specialize in.

Paint Overspray is pretty common out in the world of cars. It comes in many forms and from many sources. The majority of people have no idea that their car may have overspray on it.If you are looking how to go about removing overspray yourself, then follow this link to my other site called Best Auto Detailing

What is Overspray?

Have you ever been using a nozzle attachment on the end of your garden hose and used the mist or fan setting? And have you had the wind blow some of this water "overspray" onto you? know what I mean.

Well, pretend that instead of water from a garden hose, it is now paint coming out of a paint sprayer or paint can. The wind gets a hold of the mist and blows it onto something that it doesn't belong your car.

Think of some of the examples of life.

Your neighbor next door is getting their house painted on the exterior. The paint contractor uses an airless spray gun to spray the house. But a sudden breeze blows through and blows paint "overspray" right onto your car.

Now depending on the two colors at play here; the color of your car and the color of the house being painted. You may not be able to see the overspray. You will certainly be able to feel the overspray...and you will certainly be in need of removing overspray.

That is of course you happen to feel your paint one day and now feel what feels like thousands of little dots attatched to your paint on your car.

What if it is days, weeks, or months later that you finally feel your car...are you going to remember that the paint overspray came from there?

Or...what if the neighbor kid next door decides to spray paint his bicycle. He hangs his bike frame from the tree in the front and starts to shoot paint onto it. Except not all the paint goes onto his bike frame...

some of it gets blown over to your car where it lands and sticks to your car.

How would you even know this took place unless you witnessed it first hand? You wouldn't...

What if your car was parked at work and the office building next to yours is getting painted? Would you know to look to see if any paint overspray made it to your car.

More About Removing Overspray

Having been in the car detailing business for as long as I have, I have seen many examples of this. And let me tell you that every painter I have talked to, always insists that the paint will be dry by the time it reaches something else.

I can also tell you that this is almost never the want to know why? Because painters are like the rest of us; they just don't know and by nature they are "lazy" like the rest of us.

They don't want to believe that the overspray will actually reach your car and still be wet enough to stick, and they don't want to believe this because then they would actually have to do something about it.

I must add that there are always exceptions to every rule...there are some truly reputable paint contractors out there that truly recognize this dilemma, and take precautions to avoid this. I have also worked with many of them over the course of many years, and have been sent out to deal with the problem when an accident really was an accident.

I will add that when it comes to removing overspray, the sooner you can get it removed the better. It is a specific process that must be treated in proper fashion. And this doesn't mean arming yourself with a buffer, and buffing the overspray off.

It is important to find a car detailer that has experience with this and can treat accordingly. Let me offer a list of things to remember regarding paint overspray removal:

  • chances are, you will notice the overspray long after it has happened
  • not all auto detailers know how to properly do the service of removing overspray.
  • there are many materials to a car; glass, metal, rubber, plastic, paint, etc. overspay is not partial- if it is on your paint, it will also be attached to the windows, trim, rubber, wheel, tires, etc.
  • does your car detailer know how to deal with all these materials...safely?
  • there are areas of your car that overspray just can't be removed from; you may have to live with a little bit of it.
I will add one big word of CAUTION...don't think you will be getting yourself ahead of the game by insisting your car be repainted instead of removing the overspray!

I have seen this so many times before...

This is part of the "I want something for nothing" group of people. What happens is the following:

  • guy notices overspray on his car
  • finds out it was the painter next door
  • painter tells guy that an auto detailer will come out to remove
  • guy with oversprayed car suddenly thinks he is entitled to a complete new paint job; guy is part of the "I want something for nothing" group.
  • thinks that he will be ahead of the game by insisting that he gets a new paint job out of the deal.
In case you don't want to read the entire write up on my opinion of the body shop experience, just know that most of the time, this will be a really bad move on your part. Not only does the painter not owe you a new paint job, you will be better off just having it removed, even if you had to live with a little overspray remaining on some of the surfaces.

Removing overspray is a tricky process and gets complicated when you are dealing with many types of materials, and many types of surfaces. It also get s very complicated when trying to create a win/win situation between the person responsible for the overspray, and the person needing removal.

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