Removing paint spots - No Do$h
During the spring No Dosh Cottage underwent a bit of TLC and is now a rather fetching shade of yellow.

Sadly, so are the myriad minute spots on Mrs No Dosh's chosen mode of transport, which we will be advertising for sale shortly as the arrival of the Mitsubishi approaches.

We didn't notice it at the time and are a little surprised at just how far the paint travelled!

Does anyone have any ideas on ways to remove tiny spots of masonry paint from a lacquered solid paint finish? I don't want to use any kind of abrasive as this will be through the lacquer before any paint spots come off.

Mild solvents? Petrol? Gentle and oft-repeated application of thumbnail?

All help gratefully received.

ND
Removing paint spots - AR-CoolC
Just advertise it in the paper as having a "one off paint job"
Removing paint spots - patently
I'd say fingernails were best. Make sure you point out that female nails are best, though.
Removing paint spots - henry k
To use the familiar response. Can you supply more details.
Was the masonry paint a water based finish? Any clues on cleaning on the tin of leftovers?

For spirit based spots I use Polycell brush restorer to get off a multitude of things from a paint finish. It is not as drastic as its name suggests.
Usual caveats apply about trying where it does not show but I would suspect your spots are all on show.
Removing paint spots - Mark (RLBS)
Happened to the Landcruiser, and fingernails did turn out to be the best approach. She didn\'t accept Patently\'s \"female nails are best\" argument though.
Removing paint spots - buzbee
If you go the fingernail route, try using a suitable piece of plastic instead, held at a suitable angle, sort of less than 30 degrees to the surface. The idea is to have something soft enough not to scratch the paint but tough enough to do the job. How about using a CD disk as a starter? From this you can cut scraper pieces with a pair of scissors.
Removing paint spots - Dynamic Dave
Happened to the Landcruiser,


Thought it would be too dirty to notice ;o)

www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=24888&...e

Quote "if it gets a wash, which frankly isn't that likely"

Removing paint spots - Mark (RLBS)
Not remembering a change of car recently then Dave ?

She has the Landcruiser now, I drive the Galaxy - do *try* and keep up.
Removing paint spots - Dynamic Dave
Not remembering a change of car recently then Dave ?
She has the Landcruiser now, I drive the Galaxy - do
*try* and keep up.


But you said "happened to the Landcruiser" as in past tense. IIRC, you've only just aquired the chocolate bar.
Removing paint spots - Mark (RLBS)
Mmmm, but herself required it in a certain condition before agreeing.

Two carrier bags of cigarette packets also came out of it.

Also turns out its blue, I'd forgotten.
Removing paint spots - No Do$h
To use the familiar response. Can you supply more details.
Was the masonry paint a water based finish? Any clues on
cleaning on the tin of leftovers?


Waterbased smooth masonry paint with added silicon (ah..... we may have a problem then). Cleaning instructions state plenty of hot, soapy water whilst brushes are still wet.

I fear that the thumbnail is going to be getting some work this weekend.
Removing paint spots - Dynamic Dave
I fear that the thumbnail is going to be getting some
work this weekend.


Why not use a credit card, or some other flexible type of plastic?
Removing paint spots - henry k
Why not use a credit card, or some other flexible type
of plastic?

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The end of a Biro with the guts removed?
Removing paint spots - henry k
The end of a Biro with the guts removed?

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A couple more untried suggestions
A small plastic cable tie. Inserted into a small tube like a biro to make it stiffer. This would present a vey small attack area to the spot of paint.

A cotton bud with the cotton removed. You can recut it if required.

Removing paint spots - Duchess
Female nails are usually too long. Also the paint job on them is far more precious than the paint job on your car.

Removing paint spots - frostbite
Perhaps a small piece of old wiper blade?
Removing paint spots - Quinny100
The proper way to get it off without marking the paint would be to use a Clay Bar. These are excellent for removing anything stuck to a cars paint, even stuff you can't see. Bodyshops use them for removing overspray.

I used the Meguiars Quick Clay system on my Mondeo and I was amazed at the amount of ingrained dirt that came out of the paint straight after a wash.
Removing paint spots - No Do$h
Aha! Clay Bar! Wasn't that a song by Electric 6? ;o)

Not keen on the plastic approach due to the potential to scratch, although a nylon zip-tie is going to be a lot softer so worth a try.

I'll get myself a clay bar and report back.
Removing paint spots - Happy Blue!
Whats a Clay Bar and how does it work?
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Removing paint spots - Quinny100
As the name implies, it is simply a piece of clay shaped like a bar of soap. Clay, by its nature, is sticky and so when you run the bar over your paintwork (with plenty of lubricant)anything the shouldn't be there sticks to it. If you've never seen it done, its quite amazing the amount of grit and muck it sucks out of the paint of a freshly washed car.

Meguiars would have you belive their £7 a bottle "Quik Detailer" is required as a lubricant, I used mostly water!

If your paint doesn't feel as smooth as freshly polished glass when washed then it will benefit from a going over with a clay bar. Once done, you'll find it takes you half the time to polish/wax the car as the surfaces are so smooth, and you won't use nearly as much polish.
Removing paint spots - martint123
Yes, claybar - amazing at getting rid of overspray and getting a glistening finish before waxing. Also well recommended for getting rid of those microscopic metalic fallout particles when parking near railway stations.
It's a bit like 'magic putty' the kids play with. Must use it on a wet surface, handy using and old kitchen spray bottle with water in it (maybe a tiny drop of detergebt). Don't use a the full bar as suppled 'cos if you drop it you want to throw it away as grit will stick to it.
Halfords had some in their 'end of line' bin when I got mine. 300g (plenty to last a lifetime - you not the car) for a couple of quid. Their part number 635797

Martin
Removing paint spots - bushtick
Thanks a million to Martin for pointing me in the direction of a clay bar. My considerate neighbour decided to paint his house on the windyest day this year in Hastings - result: thousands of little spots of white Weathershield, and half-hearted apology and hours of frustrating work with the fingernails thinking "there must be another way!". Did a search on the net, came up with the No Dosh Cottage thread, rushed out to the car accessory shop and bought the Meguiars version of clay bars and little more than an hour later most of the spots (i.e. those I could see) are gone. Thanks again.
 

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