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Paint Overspray Removal On Car Services


See Small Specs On Your Paint? Rough Texture? It’s Paint Overspray.

When you see colored small specs on your paint or feel a rough texture on the panel when you slide your hand over it, it’s due to tiny paint particles that have landed on your vehicle.

Usually this happens when you’re near a construction site or someone is painting outside and the wind carries over a very thin layer of paint particles over to your vehicle.

It’s most likely all over your vehicle; glass, paint, trim, wheels, etc… it’s not fun to see, let alone to remove it from all those surfaces.

That being said, small specs on your paint and the rough texture feeling could be something else like other types of above surface containmiments.

Don’t Do More Harm Than Good To Your Paint

Scratching and rubbing your paint vigorously with a towel, plastic razor, or brush will do nothing other than install a bunch of swirls and scratches into your paint.

We see this time and time again. It just adds more work to your vehicle because now there’s two parts that we have to address:

The first part is removing the overspray. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s very difficult. It depends on the type of paint and the surface that it’s on (i.e trim vs wheels vs paint vs glass).

Many times, even with safe removal methods, it will cause minor marring to the paint. Because of this, a light polish will be needed to remove the marring.

However, if you aggressively scratch your paint, we’ll then have to use a more intense method of paint correction to remove those heavy swirls and scratches you caused.

Don’t Do More Harm Than Good To Your Paint

1 Wash the vehicle; including wheels, tires, and fenders


2 Start the removal process with various tools and products; clay bar and adhesive remover


3 Wipe down the affected areas to remove any chemical residue


4 Light polish to remove any light marring, swirls, or scratches


5 Add spray wax for shine and protection


6 Dress tires with a water-based, no-sling dressing

Now, this service in itself is good enough to get your paint back to where it was (and sometimes, even better). That being said, if you’d like to increase the overall appearance of the vehicle, a Wash Wax or Paint Correction service will achieve that for you.

Paint Overspray FAQ

Do you come to me?

Yes, for a standalone engine cleaning service, we require the vehicle to be dropped off at our shop location. We no longer offer the We offer both mobile detailing services and shop-based services. We service the Greater California area and surrounding areas like Spring, Conroe, Cypress, Galleria, Midtown, Humble, Tomball, The Woodlands, Jersey Village, Sugar Land, Atascocita, Humble, Katy, etc…

Will paint overspray damage my vehicle?

From our experience, when we perform a Premium Wash on a vehicle that has had overspray sitting on the paint for an extended period of time, we’re still able to remove it with the proper procedures. There’s no permanent or irreversible damage we’ve seen.

Are you going to use water on my engine bay?

Yes, but we’re not flooding the engine bay with water. We’re careful to cover up the necessary areas, we hold the wand at a safe distance, and the primary focus is to rinse off the dirt and that’s it.

I tried claying the paint and it’s still there. Now what?

A clay bar treatment is a great option to cleanse the paint from above surface contaminants. It’s what we do on every Wash and Wax service. However, when it comes to overspray, it’ll need to be “pulled” off differently. You can spend more time claying but you won’t get favorable results. It’s a very tedious and time consuming process. under or thoroughly into the engine bay where a lot of the mess is collected.

Can you remove the overspray from plastic, wheels, and glass?

Generally speaking, yes. We can remove it from glass, wheels, fenders, trim, etc… However, that doesn’t mean we’ll be able to remove 100% of all the overspray. As always, we’ll follow the our detailing methodology. But some areas and surfaces will be more problematic than others. Especially depending on the type of paint that landed on your vehicle.

Can a rubbing compound remove the overspray?

It might be able to remove a tiny fraction of the overspray that has landed on your vehicle, but for the most part, it won’t do much. You can try your best to work the product into the area with a towel but you’re not going to see a significant difference.

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