Overspraying, When a contractor has taken all the steps to prevent an overspray occurrence and a claimant comes forward with the accusation that the contractor oversprayed his/her vehicle and the contractor believes he is not responsible, these are the steps he needs to take.
- Observe the color of the overspray and determine if the color is the same as the paint you were spraying.
- Check the overspray particulates and view them through a magnifying glass as to whether they are flat or ball like in appearance. Latex overspray particulates usually appear flat and epoxy and urethane overspray particulates appear ball like. Roofing foam dots are often clear. Compare the result to the type of paint you were using.
- If you were spraying with a spray gun the overspray should appear as a fine mist of sand like particulates evenly dispersed on the vehicle’s surfaces. If you were rolling the paint on a structure and the wind fanned the droplets, the overspray would be unevenly dispersed and the overspray dots or splatters would be in a variety of sizes and concentrations.
- You need to find out when and where the claimant’s vehicle was parked at the time of the overspray. If the claimant provided a date and time when you were not painting, the overspray would not be your responsibility. Also, if a claimant shows you where he was parked when the overspray occurred, there could be evidence of your overspray on such items as fences, signs, windows, and other stationary items that never change position and are between his vehicle and where you were painting. If your overspray is not evidenced on anything between where the claimant’s car was parked and where you were painting, chances are you didn’t spray the claimant’s vehicle.
- It is possible that the claimant received overspray from some other source than your’s; after all, his vehicle has wheels and who knows where his car has been. Check around the area and look for other structures that have been recently painted. Samples taken from the structure you painted and from another structure some one else painted and samples taken from the claimant’s vehicle can be sent to a lab for a comparative analysis which can often determine which samples match or don’t match.
- Wind direction reports on a specific day are available from the weather department which may help in determining where the overspray came from.
- Often a paint can or information from the paint manufacture will provide information as to the distance the paint can travel before it drys.
- Overspray Removal Specialists, Inc., having handled an estimated 300,000 vehicles over the last fifty years of business, can assist in all of the above and can offer a cost effective solution to solve your overspray claim.
If your vehicle is covered by a light mist of paint over spray, you can remove it by hand using the clay bar method. You need to allow two to four hours to clean a car and more time to clean a larger vehicle such as a four door pickup truck, RV, SUV, etc..
The required supplies are: a clay bar and lubricant, which can be purchased from auto parts stores and auto supply sections in department stores, few soft towels, a spray bottle, and liquid wax, and a paint brush.
Photo Of A 20 x 20 Tent Used On Overspray Claim Sites
Having the paint overspray removed from a vehicles at the site where it occurred or a vehicle owner’s job site often saves vehicle owners from needing a rental car, or having to make special arrangements to have their vehicles picked up, cleaned elsewhere, and delivered. In most cases, a vehicle can have its paint overspray removed and be detailed, before its owner leaves work that same day, by a mobile paint overspray removal company, such as ourselves. Also, those entities that are responsible for the overspray can save a tremendous amount of costs by eliminating the need to rent cars for those affected by the paint overspray. Also, claimants will be saved from wasting a lot of time in dealing with all the issues that would surround their vehicles being cleaned elsewhere.
We had a very unusual request a few years ago when we were removing paint overspray from many affected vehicles at a location at a California winery. It came to our attention from the owner of a winery where the paint oversprayed vehicles were parked that the paint overspray had also affected 630 solar panels.
To solve this problem, we had our highly skilled technicians by hand, using our unique rubber paint overspray eraser pads, that are similar to clay bars, remove all of the paint overspray from these solar panels that were roof mounted on four buildings. When cleaning these plexiglass solar panels, one needs to be very careful placing as little pressure on their surfaces as possible, as they are very thin and can easily crack. Also one needs to take precautions not to haze and scratch these clear panels, as their voltage output could be greatly diminished.
By keeping a salt shaker full of flour in one’s pocket and sprinkling the flour in the air, one can tell if there is a breeze and in which direction the air currents are moving. This simple trick can potentially save one from having to remove paint overspray from several vehicles in the path of a possible overspray event. Hunters often have used this same method to remain upwind from their target.
As they say, “A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
Photos Showing What A Common Paint Over Spray Configuration Looks Like
The photo of the black truck shows an example of very heavy paint over spray from a paint gun that left an even pattern of dispersment on the vehicle surfaces.
Shaving will be required to be safely remove the paint over spray by one of our highly skilled technicians.
The photo of the car hood shows a lightly misted hood with an even pattern of paint over spray that can be safely removed by hand with our rubber overspray eraser pads, that are exclusive to our company.
If your car is parked near a water tower, bridge, or other metal structure that is being painted the first thing you should do is move it a safe distance away, as the wind can carry overspray from high painting projects as far away as two miles. Upon looking at your vehicle and you observe small dots that have the feel of sandpaper, your vehicle most likely has been covered by over spray. Fortunately our over spray removal process will prevent your vehicle’s needing to have the over spray sanded off, or needing a re-paint job , and/or having all the rubber, molding, and trim parts replaced. Re-painting a vehicle most often will result in a vehicle’s paint being of lesser quality than the original.
The two entities that need to know where the overspray came from are the painting contractors that painted in the general area and the vehicle owners who
have had their vehicles covered with paint overspray.
One way to determine where the over spray came from is to look at surfaces such as signs, windows, fences and plants that are permanently positioned between the suspected source of the overspray and where the affected vehicles were parked . If the windows on a building are heavily covered on its east side, most likely the overspray came from the west. If a painter was painting on the west side of the building, he most likely is not responsible for the overspray.
Concrete and cement splatters often occur from construction sites, parking garages, highrises, bridges, and highway projects.
Vehicles, boats, planes, and equipment that have been splattered by cement or concrete require great deal of care in removing these contaminants. Buffing and a wet sanding processes are unable to be used initially, as the cement and concrete particles that become loose from these two methods will become extreemly abrasive and scratch vehicle surfaces. What one needs to do first is to wash the entire vehicle and then one needs to use a process that will break down the glue that holds the cement and concrete splatters together.
To accomplish this, the most common method has been the use of various acids such as: hydrofloric, muriatic, phorsphoric, hydrochloric, and other similar acids. Though these acids break down the cement and concrete splatters, they are very dangerous to use, and they can damage vehicle surfaces. Our removal process is safe for vehicle surfaces as it won’t etch chrome and aluminum trim, and it will not stain or etch vehicle plastic and painted surfaces.