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reb03
11-11-2006, 05:53 PM
So I went out and washed my ***8217;06 530i this afternoon and found literally thousands of little white dots of paint down the bottom of the entire right side of my car. Here in the LA area I commute on I5 and it***8217;s typical for most highway maintenance to take place in the middle of the night when traffic is relatively light. Well apparently Caltrans decided to pick up the cones a little early one morning (I***8217;m on the road at 4:45am) and I must have changed lanes over a freshly painted lane stripe.

At the suggestion of my dealer***8217;s parts department I went out and bought a Turtle Wax rubbing compound and sampled it on an inconspicuous part of the car. Sure enough it takes the paint off but it also appears to be taking the clear coat off as well.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what else may work in removing all these paint dots? If I can***8217;t find something to work I guess I***8217;ll make an insurance claim and get the car repainted.

I just ordered a 335i sedan and before I can sell the 530i I***8217;ve got to do something about all this paint. Thanks for the help!

BrAdam's
11-11-2006, 07:54 PM
Same thing happened to me. Drving home at night, and road crews just got done repaving and repainting the lines, and sure enough white paint down the side.

I used a claybar. That took about 98% of the spots off and its totally non-abrasive. The rest of the spots I went over using a light polish on an applicator with a little pressure and the remaining spots came right off.

Try it out

Good Luck!!

reb03
11-11-2006, 07:58 PM
You're the man. I had a little left over clay bar in the garage and sure enough it works. I don't have enough for the whole side of the car so I'll go to your site and order more.

Thanks again,

Rod

Same thing happened to me. Drving home at night, and road crews just got done repaving and repainting the lines, and sure enough white paint down the side.

I used a claybar. That took about 98% of the spots off and its totally non-abrasive. The rest of the spots I went over using a light polish on an applicator with a little pressure and the remaining spots came right off.

Try it out

Good Luck!!

Totoland
12-01-2006, 04:08 AM
I'm detailing a 745i that has the dreaded yellow highway paint on the driver's side. For the fender wells, I'll use a "very" high pressure wash (where the majority of the stuff is), and use a Clay Bar + plenty of lube for the rocker panels. Solvents and rubbing compound might be too harsh for the painted surfaces.

Here's a pic of what I have to do

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/16_BMW_roadpaint.jpg

Totoland

dboy11
12-01-2006, 07:50 AM
I'm detailing a 745i that has the dreaded yellow highway paint on the driver's side. For the fender wells, I'll use a "very" high pressure wash (where the majority of the stuff is), and use a Clay Bar + plenty of lube for the rocker panels. Solvents and rubbing compound might be too harsh for the painted surfaces.

Here's a pic of what I have to do

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/16_BMW_roadpaint.jpg

Totoland

On the wheel wells mineral spirits will take that off no problem, use this while washing the car
apply to a rag wipe the area, then wash up with soapy water and rinse...I know some here think that its to aggressive but I have used it many times for this purpose....you can also use this on the painted ares...its a detailers trick that I found out about years ago.

I have pics of a SUV that I did some years back that the gal had run over a can of white stripping paint and it was all over the side of her car and in the wells

Totoland
12-01-2006, 08:14 AM
dboy11: Thanks for the tip on mineral spirits! I've got some at the shop and will try it tomorrow (it's supposed to be above freezing). Thankfully, the lower body panels only have a few spots and the spirits and/or clay should remove them fine.

Totoland

BrAdam's
12-03-2006, 02:57 PM
Totoland,

+1 on the mineral spirits in the wheel well. Works great at getting off road paint.

BTW, You have a awesome garage!! Don't have to bend over, or get down on your hands and knees to do the lower half of the car. I got to get one of those installed in my garage.:thumbup:

Totoland
12-03-2006, 04:22 PM
BrAdams: thanks all for the mineral spirits idea. I used it with great success. RE the shop. I'm just a weekend detailer for the owner. He sells about 100 cars per year and this has turned in to a great weekend gig for me (I've got another Mon-Fri job too).

The shop is fantastic! Tons of lighting, lift, air, industrial steam cleaner for carpeting... I don't want for anything including heat and air!

Here's some finished shots of the car:

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/24_BMW745i_Finalwash.jpg

Passenger side outside

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/26_BMW745i_washed_Psngrside.jpg

Shameless Hood Reflection Outside

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/23_BMW745i_OutsideHoodreflection.jpg

I started on an X5 tonight which is in decent shape.

Totoland

BrAdam's
12-03-2006, 05:09 PM
BrAdams: thanks all for the mineral spirits idea. I used it with great success. RE the shop. I'm just a weekend detailer for the owner. He sells about 100 cars per year and this has turned in to a great weekend gig for me (I've got another Mon-Fri job too).

The shop is fantastic! Tons of lighting, lift, air, industrial steam cleaner for carpeting... I don't want for anything including heat and air!

Here's some finished shots of the car:

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/24_BMW745i_Finalwash.jpg

Passenger side outside

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/26_BMW745i_washed_Psngrside.jpg

Shameless Hood Reflection Outside

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/23_BMW745i_OutsideHoodreflection.jpg

I started on an X5 tonight which is in decent shape.

Totoland

Wow the car looks great. A job always go better when you have the right tools, and you my friend do. Don't ever break off the friendship with the guy who owns that shop.

Happy Detailing:thumbup:

Totoland
12-03-2006, 05:46 PM
Thanks Brad: I've got the shop owner to switch to Adams Detail Spray and VRT. The compounding and body sanding are used with 3M products (man, they "own" the body shop business).

See Ya Sir!

Totoland