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Old 03-30-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Paint Overspray on my New Airstream

Home painters sprayed the front doors of our house in the front yard with a white primer and once I washed the Airstream I noticed overspray. Is there a compound that can be used on clear coats that may get this paint mist off? Thanks all...

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Old 03-30-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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I'm nervous to give suggestions without seeing it, and knowing what kind of primer (like Latex or oil-based), a lot or a little, etc.

That said - I've used paint-cleaning clay on my cars and Airstream with great success to clean all kinds of foreign matter off the finish (paint overspray, bugs, tar, sap, etc.) The clay 'picks' off the contaminants and leaves the surface clean, with no swirl marks, etc. The surface is first sprayed with a mist of a special solution, and then the clay is gently used in a polishing type motion. I would test a small out of the way area first to see the results (probably good advice for anything you use). It doesn't take long or much force to get stuff removed using the clay approch, in my experience.

There are several brands on the market that you will find if you search on 'paint cleaning clay' on the internet - or I can tell you the stuff I use (is it ok to post brand name info on these forums?).

I'm sure you'll get other suggestions too - so you can choose the approach that suits you best!

Good luck on the outcome

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:04 AM   #3
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Well, my son spray-paints industrial buildings for a living, and he swears by plain old gasoline for everything like that. Followed by a good wash, of course.

Not sure what it would do to the sealcoat on the AS, though...
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Any clearcoat should have a 'slick' personality and anything stuck to it should not be hard to get off, as there is nothing for the primer to hold onto. However - just like a plastic computer screen you can scratch if you are not careful. I always use the old old method of 'sneaking up on it' like Jerry Clower the comic...Haaaaaaawwww!
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Like RDM16CCD I'd look for some automotive clay. I use Meguiars -- look near car waxes or in an auto part store. Use clay only on a wet surface. Try on a small sample area first. Paint? Compared with the normal clay target (bugs, light tar) I don't know how paint would build up within the clay.

Professional attention might be a consideration if insurance is possible. I would only let somebody who works on Airstreams near my clearcoat! Stuff's problematic enough as it is.

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Old 03-31-2009, 10:57 AM   #6
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The surface of the AS is not porous so the overspray is on the surface. Try a test area with Brake Fluid. It should remove it.

Let us know the outcome whatever method you use.

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