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Old 08-28-2007, 04:24 PM   #1
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Yellow strip road paint removal??

Unfortunately, we had to pass over newly painted lines on a highway today. The yellow paint splattered up on the underside of the TV and Airstream, but the worst damage was done to the street-side rock guard. It is now speckled with bright yellow paint.

Does anyone know of a fool-proof means of removing this paint without removing the clear coat finish on the rock guard or the black trim along the edge of the trailer behind the wheels?

Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:29 PM   #2
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You can try de-natured alcohol. The Rock guards are Stainless and should not be coated. Goo Gone has also be tried. The citrus may dis-color the stainless.
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:40 PM   #3
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Mike;

Not saying any of this is fool proof but you may find it will work.

Try a plastic spoon to remove it. Chip away without damage to the gaurd. I think my guard is stainless steel and can take more abuse than the aluminum. I have always thought my guards had no clear coat on them but I don't know how to be sure. I have put the Walbernize on the guards and it was hard to get off. It got down in the grain/burnish of the steel. That sort of tells me there is no clear coat on mine.

I have used mineral spirits for tar and other stuff which worked great with no harm to the clear coat on my camper. I always dry off the mineral spirits then wash it off with soap and water rinse.

I have also used a Citrus-Gel stain remover. This works great for tar and sap but I have not tried to remove paint.

You might just need to paint them yellow.
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red can will work betta'

blue stuff harder 2 find...

NO clear coat on the stainless segment protectors...

i use these regularly on all outer skin and glass...

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and how cute an 'ad' for over spray removal at the page top!
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:36 PM   #5
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Had this happen to my wifes car once. I used regular car paste wax applied real thick and let it soften the paint for a while. Since - more than likely - there was dust and other coatings (wax, Walbernize, etc) under the new paint on the rock guards then maybe it won't stick. Goo Gone has also worked well.

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Old 08-28-2007, 08:57 PM   #6
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A knife and other tools...

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Had this happen to my wifes car once. I used regular car paste wax applied real thick and let it soften the paint for a while. Since - more than likely - there was dust and other coatings (wax, Walbernize, etc) under the new paint on the rock guards then maybe it won't stick. Goo Gone has also worked well.

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Kudos to the contractor who supplied that yellow marker paint. It dries almost immediately and sticks like glue. Goo Gone had absolutely no impact on it. As you suggest, dust and dirt can be a good thing. Fortunately, we've come about 2,000 miles since the last washing, so the dirt has made the removal a bit easier. I've used a paring knife and flat-bladed screw driver on the rock guards, because the stainless steel has no clear coat as has been suggested. For fine detail work and for the droplets that got on the aluminum, I've had success with one of the tools with which we are born, namely fingernails.
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Mike, Motormite (HELP!) sells plastic razor blades, they don't scratch, and you don't tear your fingernails off. You can get them at most DIY-type auto parts stores, or auto paint supply stores. I knew when I read your post you were going to have trouble getting that paint off. The stuff they use here is heated in a vat, and when it is applied and cools, you can barely chip it off.
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Mike, Motormite (HELP!) sells plastic razor blades, they don't scratch, and you don't tear your fingernails off. You can get them at most DIY-type auto parts stores, or auto paint supply stores. I knew when I read your post you were going to have trouble getting that paint off. The stuff they use here is heated in a vat, and when it is applied and cools, you can barely chip it off.
Strange! I had just the opposite results cleaning off white roadstriping spray early this summer. Once it had hardened - or after curing for a week or two because I couldn't get to it - a razor blade flicked it off the stone guards as easy as could be. Fortunately, not too much got on the aluminum skin but, what did, came off almost as easy using my fingernail. I'm sure that the DOTs have many different paint sources - but I'll bet that the formulations are similar. One thing that may have been in my favor is that the trailer was quite dusty from several hundred miles of towing before I encountered the paint. That said, I wonder if spraying the rock guards with silicon, or even WD40, before leaving home, might make cleanup easier. Good luck - but don't worry about it too much until you test different removal techniques.
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I just had the same thing happen... its caked on pretty bad ( both front and back)

Im a bit weary of trying anything myself to remove it ; i dont want to damage the paint, or the wheel panel.

The city offered little help because i can not pin point the 'exact' spot in which it happened.

Any suggestions ??

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