How to Remove Enamel Paint Overspray

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Enamel paint overspray can result from poor spray paint preparation in a body shop, or from airborne paint particles carried from an industrial construction site to your parked vehicle. Enamel paints are some of the most durable coatings used on cars and industrial metal surfaces, so removing enamel overspray from a vehicle requires time and patience. Enamel overspray dries in a rough layer on the surface but with proper removal techniques you can avoid scratching the paint finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Car soap
  • Clean rag
  • Auto rubbing compound
  • Auto clay spray lubricant
  • Auto clay bar
  • Turtle Wax
  • Wash the overspray before attempting any method of removal. Dry the washed area with a clean rag. Cleaning the surface allows easier penetration and removal of overspray.

  • Dampen a clean, soft rag with auto rubbing compound. Wipe the enamel overspray in a circular motion. Run your fingers over the surface. If roughness from overspray still exists, continue applying the compound until the overspray disappears and the surface feels smooth.

  • Spray auto clay lubricant onto a small section containing overspray. Break off a small piece of clay from an auto clay bar. Lightly rub the auto clay bar in a circular motion on top of the overspray. Wipe the surface dry with a rag and check for existing overspray.

  • Wax the overspray using Turtle Wax. Use the enclosed wax applicator on the inside of the container for application. Apply the first coat and check for any remaining overspray. Apply a second coat of Turtle Wax if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use auto clay without first applying the clay lubricant. Wiping auto clay over a dry surface will scratch the vehicle's paint finish.
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