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    How to remove paint overspray?

    Hey guys, how do you remove paint overspray on headlight lenses, tail light lenses without damaging them? Also, what about removing overspray from the weatherstripping?

    Yeah, don't ask what happened, I'm upset also!

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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    Do not worry We are here to help.
    Last Weekend we were painting doors at the Fire Department, and one of my friends got paint on the Chiefs truck.
    I came with clay and it took it right off.
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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    Clay bar

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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    So the clay bar works with the lenses? What about the weatherstripping?

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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    I would start with this
    It's developed for Plastic Headlights
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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    Go with the clay, and plenty of lubrication.

    As far as pin striping, is it smooth vinyl, or textured? If it is smooth, the clay should also work, just be sure to move along the stripe, not up and down over the edges.
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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    I would go with the clay. Good luck.
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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    I clayed the Chiefs truck all over, including the headlights!!
    So it is say to use there.
    I do not think PlastX and or the Headlight Restoration would help a lot.
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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carfire View Post
    I clayed the Chiefs truck all over, including the headlights!!
    So it is say to use there.
    I do not think PlastX and or the Headlight Restoration would help a lot.
    Thanks! Don't tell me you also used it on the windows?

    Buying clay bar today. Hope it works!

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    Re: How to remove paint overspray?

    Quote Originally Posted by EkS View Post
    So the clay bar works with the lenses? What about the weatherstripping?
    You can use detailing clay on anything that is smooth and hard, like glass, smooth plastic, stainless steel trim, chrome trim and bumpers, paint of course. As long as it's smooth and hard.

    You cannot clay things like rubber weatherstripping, or vinyl and leather, tires, etc.


    A couple years ago we did an extreme makeover on a 1949 Plymouth Convertible, a fairly rare car in the convertible model. The beautiful stainless steel grill had black overspray paint and other gunk on it so the owner simply removed it by claying the hard, smooth stainless steel.


    Extreme Makeover - 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible

    After cleaning the car, Neil Maken inspected the finish for above surface bonded contaminants.



    Neil and the rest of the team all found the finish on this 1949 Plymouth Convertible had plenty of above surface bonded contaminants both on the horizontal surfaces and on the vertical panels. So we all grabbed some detailing clay from our new G1016 Smooth Surface™ Clay Kit.



    The Transformation Team went into high gear and we quickly had the entire car clayed including the paint, chrome, glass and even the stainless steel trim and grill components.





    In this shot you can see romulus claying the glass windshield and
    Neil is actually claying the stainless steel trim on the fender.







    Now remember, we washed this car and got it spic and span clean before claying... so the dirt you see on the clay in the pictures below was actually dirt and other contaminants that was bonded or stuck onto the surface of the paint.







    The thing to remember about claying and the way it removes the kind of dirt you can often feel but you cannot see is that if you don't remove these bonded contaminants, not only do they cloud the finish hiding the beauty of the paint from your eyes, but they also interfere with the ability of a car wax to bond or adhere to the paint. This interference will reduce wax longevity and effectiveness.

    Chances are very good that if your car is a daily driver and parked outside at least part of each day, then it's highly likely that your car's paint needs to be clayed.

    Here's an interesting article that answers the question...

    How often do I need to clay my car?







    And the Transformation Team!


    I forget who the young man on the left is, but next to him in the white sweatshirt is fatchance, then Mike Stoops before he came to work for Meguiar's, followed by Paul aka the other pc, next to Paul is romulus, then Octaneguy and then the owner, Neil Maken.



    That was a fun car to work on!

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