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Don’t panic – Overspray removal made easy

01/01/2000 -
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Believe it or not, getting overspray on your vehicle’s paint is not the end of the world… With the right techniques, a little time and some elbow grease, you should be able to avoid costly refinishing.

The first thing you’ll want to do is take a deep breath and carefully assess the situation. The more facts that you have (or can obtain) the better off you’ll be. Whether it’s your car or your customer’s car, you’ll want to ask questions like:

What type of paint was used? Was it water based or solvent based? Water-based paint may come off with a simple solvent-based cleaner. However, oil-based paint may react with some solvents causing unwanted results.

How long ago did the overspray occur? Fresh overspray will be much easier to remove than older paint that’s had time to dry and get baked into the surface.

What type of paint is on the car? Is it single stage or base coat/clear coat? You’ll want to use extreme caution on single-stage paint. Using an aggressive solvent, or buffing with too aggressive of a compound may cause serious paint damage. More modern base coat/clear coat finishes are much more forgiving, but should still be handled with extreme care.

NOTE: If at any point you doubt or are unsure of your ability to remove the overspray, take the car to a professional body shop. They will know the best and safest way to remove the paint.

If you do decide to proceed, you’ll want to choose the alternative that involves the least amount of work. Not only will this save time, but you also don’t want to unnecessarily remove clear coat from the vehicle’s finish. Therefore, we recommend that you start by trying to remove the unwanted paint with Presta Overspray Clay.

Overspray Clay glides across the clear and attracts and lifts away the overspray paint. The best technique is to flatten the clay into a pad and rub it firmly across the vehicle’s surface in straight lines (avoid rubbing in circles as this can lead to swirl marks). Also, be sure to keep the surface lubricated with some sort of non-petroleum based soap or cleaner. We recommend using Presta Spray ‘n Shine.

If you find that the overspray is just too tough for the clay, you’ll need to break out your buffer and some Presta compounds. Start with the least aggressive compound you can to get the job done. For example, if the overspray is fresh, you may be able to get away with Ultra Polish followed by some Presta Swirl Remover. If the overspray is extreme, you may need to wet sand in some areas using 1200 grit or finer sand paper. Then, follow that up with Presta Ultra Cutting Crème. Finally, to remove any swirls left behind by aggressive compounding, use Chroma Polish and Swirl Remover (if necessary).

Get everything you need to get the job done with the Presta Shop Pak.



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