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Houdini 05-17-2012 04:00 PM

Road Paint
Anyone know how to get Road Paint off of the paint...Had some Idiot drive thru the wet paint lines on the road and toss some up on the truck....looking for any known/proven methods to remove the splatter...without having to have truck repainted....

Rocky Harbour 05-17-2012 04:08 PM

You may want to make a report to whoever was painting the lines, Dept. of Highways, municipality etc. where ever it occurred. Many areas now are using some sort of a water based line paint, I believe for environmental reasons. I have been told in my area there is a solution that the Department of Highways has that aids in the paint removal. Depending if it was partially their fault there may be some assistance there as well?

GTyankee 05-17-2012 04:14 PM

Down here in California, if we know whether the road is maintained by the city, county, or state.
We can call that entity & tell them what happened, they then send you to a detailing place that cleans it up, at no charge to us
the road paint is called TRAFFIC PAINT

If you decide to get it off yourself, one Counties website reads:
As soon as possible after getting paint from road stripes on your vehicle,
wash the vehicle at a pressure car wash. This will loosen and remove most
of the paint unless it has dried for more than a day.
If the car wash does not remove the paint, allow the water to dry off the
vehicle. Spray the paint residue with WD-40 and allow the WD-40 to stay on
the area for 1 to 2 hours, then rewash the vehicle. The WD-40 will soften
the traffic paint without hurting the vehicle finish. If there is a heavy
concentration, repeat the procedure.
For heavy accumulations or paint that has dried for several days, apply a
liberal coating of Vaseline to the dried traffic paint and allow to stay on
overnight. Take vehicle to a pressure car wash and wash. This should
remove most of the traffic paint. If not, repeat the procedure.
After cleaning the paint away, apply a good wax to the vehicle’s finish.
Wax should remove any lasting signs of the traffic paint.
Wheel wells are very difficult to remove the paint from since they are
normally a flat finish. Apply a liberal coating of Vaseline to the area and
leave for several days and then pressure wash. Applying an alcohol such
as Solox or Rubbing Alcohol to the area in the wheel well will help to soften
any residue left after the Vaseline.

Bikenut 05-17-2012 08:36 PM

Bug & Tar remover has always worked wonders for me in cases like this.

dixiejwo 05-17-2012 09:37 PM


Originally Posted by Bikenut (Post 801320)
Bug & Tar remover has always worked wonders for me in cases like this.

^^^ This. Works great.

Swaggerville Ram 05-18-2012 12:05 AM

My wife decided to follow the line painting truck while riding the double solid looking for a chance to pass. There was yellow all over the side of our caliber. And I mean everywhere. I got a good amount of it off with the pressure washer.
She got to scrub with some sort of "goo" remover. Came off fine.

newfiebullet 06-12-2012 08:28 PM

i had some on my mazdas doors, was on there abnout 7 months before i removed it, soaked in bug and tar remover and went to work with a plastic razor blade, took a nice while but i got it all and no scratches in the paint. buffed after wards and good as new

scmedic09 06-12-2012 08:41 PM

not sure if a clay bar would work? i know they take off over spray pretty well, so it may help also

storeboy 06-12-2012 11:35 PM

I am currently battling this, only I have been negligent for a long time. :doh: Clay bar does not work for paint that has been on there for awhile. I have also tried the bug/tar remover on it and not having much luck. I haven't heard of the WD-40 or Vaseline so I am going to try that this weekend.

faze35 12-06-2012 05:33 PM

I have had it in the wheel wheel of my car for the past 2 years. Nothing seemed to work. Time for me to try the WD-40 like suggested.

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