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    The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips




    I've typed about this topic so much in my life I guess it's time to write an article on it...


    "The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop"


    You can quote me on that.



    Why?

    Simple... because they spray paint at body shops and not just in the enclosed paint booth. Even if they only sprayed paint inside the paint booth overspray is still a problem because,

    A: Airborne sticky particles of fresh paint can travel and land everywhere and anywhere.

    B: Not all shops tape-off and cover-up 100% of the portions of a car NOT being painted. For example if painting a fender, some shops won't tape-off and cover all the other parts of the car like the back wheels, or back of car, etc. Overspray paint is non-selective, it drifts in the air and sticks wherever it lands.


    So...

    "The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop"





    The second most common place to get overspray paint?

    A "Car Guys" garage!

    Why??

    Because they tend to use Rattle Can paint to do things like paint the alternator bracket while it's off the car, (replacing the alternator), and thus their car (that's in the garage where they're spray painting the bracket), gets overspray paint.








    And to find out if your car's paint is contaminated? See this article,


    The Baggie Test - How to inspect for above surface bonded contaminants



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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    Continued...

    More articles for reference...

    A $4.00 Plastic Drop Cloth could have prevented this...

    Paint Overspray Ghosting

    The Baggie Test as seen on Competition Ready TV with AJ and Mike Phillips

    The Baggie Test - How to inspect for above surface bonded contaminants

    Dodo Juice - 1936 Chevy Coupe - Extreme Makeover

    Removing Overspray Paint using Nanoskin Autoscrub Pads


    In-depth Videos for how clay works and how to use clay










    1969 Corvette Stingray - Cobra Clay Mitt Review



    1963 Plymouth Fury Drag Race Car - Pictures & Video

    See post #17







    Here's another recent example of a cool car with paint overspray after having only a portion of the car worked on and then repainted.

    1965 Mustang GT Convertible - Detailer's Paint Coating

    Read the first post and then watch and LISTEN to the embedded YouTube video as you can HEAR the roughness of the paint due to the paint overspray.





    1949 Chevy 5-Window Pickup Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos




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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    While not exactly related, I used an airless sprayer this weekend to paint my porch. I ended up with overspray on my drive way 40 ft away or so. I was really glad I kept the garage sealed up.

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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    Quote Originally Posted by hogie View Post

    While not exactly related, I used an airless sprayer this weekend to paint my porch. I ended up with overspray on my drive way 40 ft away or so.

    I was really glad I kept the garage sealed up.


    Good thinking...

    Overspray drifts easily via the wind and any air currents in the area.


    It takes minutes to create an overspray headache and sometimes hours to undo the damage...




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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    I can relate to this post. Had the hood of my SUV replaced/repainted by a shop that does very good work and I was super pleased with the results. A week later when washing the vehicle I found what appeared to be a very fine clear coat over spray mist on my wheels. Was able to remove with clay and then polish them but it was added work for me that was unnecessary.

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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    I own a small painting company... Spraying outdoors is like a major, absolute, last-resort. Overspray is no joke.

    I just did a spray job at an automotive plant and we spent twice as long prepping to spray as we did actually spraying. If I get paint on stuff that isn't supposed to be painted, I'm on the hook to fix it. I don't understand how these body shops get away with such shoddy practices...

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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    Had to have a fender painted on my car, the work turned out great with perfect color match. The weather turned and I wasn't able to do a full blown wash on the car for two weeks. Once I did it revealed a nice crisp mask line and faint clear coat over spray across the hood.

    Decided just to fix it myself, quicker and I knew that I would do the least harm in removing it. It should have never happened.

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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips

    Quote Originally Posted by Wknd Dtlr View Post

    I can relate to this post. Had the hood of my SUV replaced/repainted by a shop that does very good work and I was super pleased with the results. A week later when washing the vehicle I found what appeared to be a very fine clear coat over spray mist on my wheels. Was able to remove with clay and then polish them but it was added work for me that was unnecessary.
    Sad to say, your experience is the norm.



    Quote Originally Posted by CrispyBacon View Post

    I own a small painting company... Spraying outdoors is like a major, absolute, last-resort. Overspray is no joke.

    I just did a spray job at an automotive plant and we spent twice as long prepping to spray as we did actually spraying. If I get paint on stuff that isn't supposed to be painted, I'm on the hook to fix it. I don't understand how these body shops get away with such shoddy practices...
    They get away with it because in some cases they are oblivious to it, but regardless of whether they know or don't know or don't care, the average person doesn't know. The average person gets a collision repair and then runs their car through the car wash. They would never "feel" the overspray, let alone purchase a clay kit.



    Quote Originally Posted by gsbell View Post

    Had to have a fender painted on my car, the work turned out great with perfect color match. The weather turned and I wasn't able to do a full blown wash on the car for two weeks.

    Once I did it revealed a nice crisp mask line and faint clear coat over spray across the hood.

    Decided just to fix it myself, quicker and I knew that I would do the least harm in removing it. It should have never happened.

    Sounds about right. And fixing it yourself was the right decision.


    Thanks for chiming in guys and vindicating my observations over time and my experience over time.



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    Re: The most common place to get overspray on your car is a body shop by Mike Phillips



    Shared here,

    Overspray removal




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