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    Question how to remove paint overspray?!

    Alright i really screwed up!

    I was touching up the paint on my camper jacks and must have been too close to my truck especially with the wind. Truck was dirty when i was doing all this, so never noticed it until i went to wash it. Now i have white paint over spray on my truck. What can i use to remove this safely? Is it going to require a wet sanding to remove or is there a chemical solution that will not damage the crear coat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo99ta View Post
    Alright i really screwed up!

    I was touching up the paint on my camper jacks and must have been too close to my truck especially with the wind. Truck was dirty when i was doing all this, so never noticed it until i went to wash it. Now i have white paint over spray on my truck. What can i use to remove this safely? Is it going to require a wet sanding to remove or is there a chemical solution that will not damage the crear coat?
    I'm sure everyone has their own method but if it was me, I would hit it with a little 2000 grit wet and buff. It will be the least amount of work and won't damage a thing.

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    Try a clay bar.

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    I'd definetly try to claybar it out first. Sanding and buffing will take a lot more time and effort to do it right than the bar.

    I had a little on mine when they fixed a dent on my rear quarter panel. Used a claybar and it came right off.

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    we have this happen all the time at work we use a buffer to get it off

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    i guess i'll try the clay bar 1st and see if that works.

    Thanks for the help.

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    i am a painter and got overspay on my truck, i was able to just wax it right off. there is alot of other way also

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    Have you waxed the truck in the recent past??

    As long as it has had a coat of wax on it, you should have no problem either using a claybar or wax to remove the overspray.

    Overspray really only seems to be a problem on a freshly painted vehicle that has never had a coat of wax on it and the paint is still curing.

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    I used a clay bar... Worked great.

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    overspray removal

    paint thinner will work

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    id just use zymol . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstewart View Post
    paint thinner will work
    I would not recommend this unless you are very careful....................

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    I would never let paint thinner touch my car.

    Think about it. Why would you let something that is designed to remove paint, on a painted surface that you don't want to be removed.

    If you wax your car regularly, like most of us do, clay bar is the best thing to attempt first. If that doesn't get it out you may have to wet sand then buff. Both of these, done properly, are a lot less likely to damage the clear coat or, god forbid, go through to the paint on your vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike's TA View Post
    Think about it. Why would you let something that is designed to remove paint, on a painted surface that you don't want to be removed.
    Paint thinner is designed to thin paint for application not remove it.

    However, it would be very risky to use it for this cleaning application. If you want to try a liquid cleaner, I'd try plain old rubbing alcohol. But even after using this, you may have to polish afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    Paint thinner is designed to thin paint for application not remove it.


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    Gasoline will work most likely with a little elbow grease paint thinner will work also either way get the paint off and then wash off the gas and wax again because gas will eat through the wax on the car

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    Definitely try using a clay bar first...in most cases, they work really well to remove paint overspray. Also keep in mind that some clay bars come in different "grits" so it might be worthwhile to get a little bit more abrasive clay bar if the type you initially use doesn't get the overspray off....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike's TA View Post
    I would never let paint thinner touch my car.

    Think about it. Why would you let something that is designed to remove paint, on a painted surface that you don't want to be removed.

    If you wax your car regularly, like most of us do, clay bar is the best thing to attempt first. If that doesn't get it out you may have to wet sand then buff. Both of these, done properly, are a lot less likely to damage the clear coat or, god forbid, go through to the paint on your vehicle.
    It won't harm the paint. Urethane based paint won't be affected.

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    laquer thinner i was told one could use but be sure to rewax that area again

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