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Old 02-10-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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I have white exterior latex overspray on my 22' intl. Can it be removed without damaging the clearcoat?
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:46 PM   #2
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Depending on the latex compound - you might try latex caulk remover in a small spot to see what it does.....
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I have white exterior latex overspray on my 22' intl. Can it be removed without damaging the clearcoat?...
hi vidos and welcome to the forums!

yes it can

solvent approaches will work

and so will using an automotive 'clay bar'

most of the recommended solvents for latex will not hurt the clearcoat.

but IF the latex is really really old and dry claying may be the only option.

there are several threads here already of these issues (clay, clearcoat, water posts) with the newer alcoa finish...

look around in this forum section and you should fine plenty to read.

IF u r afraid to tackle this visit with some 'good' auto detailing shops and ask about overspray removal.

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Try a little Goof-Off in an inconspicuous spot. I have had some success with it removing latex paint, but have never tried it on an A/S.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:34 PM   #5
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goof off is basically pure acetone ,and probably will be too chemically hot to remove the latex,and not damage the clearcoat...try ammonia and hot water soak the oversparay for a while and use a soft rag to buff it off.
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I have white exterior latex overspray on my 22' intl. Can it be removed without damaging the clearcoat?
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Rubbing compound. both white and orange, have worked great for 60 years.

A little more work, but when the overspray is gone, the clearcoat will still be there.

Anytime you use a chemical, you are taking a risk.

If the over spray is light, hand use of the rubbing compound will work.

If the over spray is heavy, use can use a buffer, but with caution.



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Rubbing compound. both white and orange, have worked great for 60 years.
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Andy, I think the white stuff is now referred to as polishing compound. Not quite as coarse as the orange stuf.
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Andy, I think the white stuff is now referred to as polishing compound. Not quite as coarse as the orange stuf.
Yeah Terry, your right.

New name, but same old good stuff.

Cheap, no hazards, and available at most any auto parts store.

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Andy, I think the white stuff is now referred to as polishing compound. Not quite as coarse as the orange stuf.
but ANY polishing compound WILL abrade the clearcoat.

which is much thinner than the old plasticoat and other automotive paints.

the alcoa topcoat is much more resistant to most solvents.

alcoa has published some general guidelines to cleaning/care for this rolled on clearcoat.

compounding the surface isn't recommended by them.

again covered in other threads and at the alcoa website.

spartan sd-20 is ONE of the primary solvents used at the factory for a variety of overspray issues...

and it's basically an alcohol/surfactant formula

http://www.airforums.com/forums/208430-post2.html

3m adhesive remover also works, i've used both several times.

they've stopped using it at the factory because of the ventilation/volatility issues.

what's relevant here is what is IN the overspray, latex is somewhat vague...

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I have white exterior latex overspray on my 22' intl. Can it be removed without damaging the clearcoat?
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depends on how long it has been there.
If it has not been long then probably yes. I tend to use de-natured alcohol for a first shot. I would avoid acetone or MEK. It WILL remove the clear coat.

Amonia could be a problem it will react with aluminum. If there is any void in the coating then there will be a corrosion problem.
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