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Old 06-11-2013, 11:39 AM
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grey spray paint all over my F30 - not sure if I want to just cry or kill someone...

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I live in a loft apartment building in Philadelphia. There was recently a dude hired by the building owner to paint steps leading to some apartment doors in the building. He was using a grey spray paint, spraying it all over the place. At some point it crossed my mind that some of that stuff may go over my F30 sitting in the parking lot so I brought it up but the guy said I was completely safe. Today I come out of my apartment, start looking closely and to my despair I discover that indeed there is spray paint all over the car.... already contacted the building owner and went to a car detailing place - they say it "may be possible" to remove it with clay and compound but.... the car is 2 months old. I don't have to tell you guys how I feel about this.... what would you do?!?! Am I going after the building owner to get this resolved? It seems like a logical next step.... I hope somehow I don't have to repaint the whole car...

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:42 AM
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:43 AM
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Re: grey spray paint all over my F30 - not sure if I want to just cry or kill someone

It'll buff right out.


No, seriously, I know it's very frustrating, but it will all thoroughly come off with a good polish. Just let the building owner know what needs to be done and that you expect him to remedy it for you.

Finally, an instance where we could use that phrase legitimately!

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:49 AM
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It'll buff right out.


No, seriously, I know it's very frustrating, but it will all thoroughly come off with a good polish. Just let the building owner know what needs to be done and that you expect him to remedy it for you.

Finally, an instance where we could use that phrase legitimately!

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Old 06-11-2013, 12:21 PM
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Clay will likely get it out quickly. In the meantime, I would say keep it out of direct sunlight.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:22 PM
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That sucks...
I hope you get it resolved soon.
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It'll buff right out.


No, seriously, I know it's very frustrating, but it will all thoroughly come off with a good polish. Just let the building owner know what needs to be done and that you expect him to remedy it for you.

Finally, an instance where we could use that phrase legitimately!

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This. Yes, the building owner is without doubt responsible for rectifying the situation.
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The building owner replied. Looks the painter is aware of the problem... maybe he was hoping I wouldn't notice?! In any case he is probably going to pay for whatever needs to be done. Thanks for your support guys, I really hope clay and some compound can do the trick!
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The building owner replied. Looks the painter is aware of the problem... maybe he was hoping I wouldn't notice?! In any case he is probably going to pay for whatever needs to be done. Thanks for your support guys, I really hope clay and some compound can do the trick!
And if it doesn't, fixing it isn't hurting your wallet, so
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The building owner replied. Looks the painter is aware of the problem... maybe he was hoping I wouldn't notice?! In any case he is probably going to pay for whatever needs to be done. Thanks for your support guys, I really hope clay and some compound can do the trick!
It can. Don't worry. But do try to keep it out of sunlight and heat because heat makes the paint bake on the car. Also, try to get it done ASAP. The longer it sits the more it bonds to the surface thus requiring more aggressive correction to get it off. You need to get with fest sponsor Phillip Yiu at Detailer's Domain and have him do the job (New Jersey). He is a true expert for paint correction. A bad detailer will wreck havoc on your black car.

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Old 06-11-2013, 01:36 PM
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Just spoke to Phil on the phone. He says they are 2h away from me - not worth the drive. He's trying to find someone reliable closer to where I live. Seems like a good guy, thanks so much for the referral!
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Just spoke to Phil on the phone. He says they are 2h away from me - not worth the drive. He's trying to find someone reliable closer to where I live. Seems like a good guy, thanks so much for the referral!
I am from Philly so I know he is two hours away, but unless he can give you a trusted referral I would drive the two hours to Phil. He is that good. This is a brand new 335i so I would rather see you drive to him and know it will be perfect as opposed to maybe come out good with someone else.
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I would have just taken a bat to his hands. Tough to hold a paint brush or spray can with a cast.
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I am debating this right now. I can't really afford to lose the entire day on this tomorrow but on the other hand I don't want to wait... I know this needs to get done right away.
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I am debating this right now. I can't really afford to lose the entire day on this tomorrow but on the other hand I don't want to wait... I know this needs to get done right away.
In addition to paying for the repair the building owner should reimburse you for any lost wages.
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Re: grey spray paint all over my F30 - not sure if I want to just cry or kill someone

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In addition to paying for the repair the building owner should reimburse you for any lost wages.
Only within reason. Likely, he'll pay for a day off work just to keep things smooth, but if he wanted to be difficult he could argue (probably successfully) that it only takes an hour for drop off, and an hour for pickup, at the detail shop on the way to work. That the OP is choosing to drive 4hr round trip to go to a special person is not the owners issue. Again, since it's a small amount it's likely he will pay it, but I don't think he'd be required to in court.

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A proper detail will make it good as new.

I had a guy give me his car to detail when I was a kid. Black car with tons of overspray from white spray paint over every single inch of the car. Claybar did the trick. It always does.
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It will come off with clay bar and some good wax. But, like others posted, the sooner the better!!!

I know when you first saw the paint on your car, you felt like killing the person that did it and throwing up at the same time! OUCH!!!!!! I would have felt the same.

Relax... it WILL come off!

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Just spoke to Phil on the phone. He says they are 2h away from me - not worth the drive. He's trying to find someone reliable closer to where I live. Seems like a good guy, thanks so much for the referral!
You east coast guys crack me up. 2 hours is like driving to Santa Monica for dinner.

Seriously, leave at 6 a.m, be there when he opens at 8, be back after lunch!
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If you want to agonize that much over it go to a pep boys or similar, pick up a jar of clay and spray detailer, and go to town. Give it a quick wash, or rinseless wash, and start up.

Most likely it's going to come off just with clay and you can use clay on a clean car and just buff the excess fluid with a MF towel.

Large contaminant particles like paint should NOT require a polishing to remove unless they are bonded to the clearcoat in a significant way - polishing removes clearcoat (either a little or a lot). Polishing is not done to remove external contaminants.
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My God I would be furious. As everybody else said, clean the area first, and then make sure you clay it. Only use polish as a second option if the clay doesnt work because polish contains abrasives that thin the clear coat.
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If you have viewed any of Phil's work in the Detail area it is a no-brainer.
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One thing that hasn't been asked; were you notified that the work was going to be happening?

Myself and my family have a lot of rental property including several apartment buildings were work like this would take place (although I would always avoid spraying paint outdoors). We require tenants to keep us up to date on their email and phone. In an instance like this all I would need to give was 48 hour notice, although I would likely give better just to avoid issues. Most likely I would ask the tenants of one apartment building to park in the lots that belonged to our other buildings. If they failed to comply; too damn bad, but I would be absolutely sure I had done my part to notify everyone of what was going on.

Good luck. I know this must be upsetting, but it will definately come off. If the owner didn't notify the tenants of this type of work I Woukd consider that quite negligent and greatly lacking of any forsight.
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I would suggest to go to the dealer and get it done there, but make the landlord pay for it
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One thing that hasn't been asked; were you notified that the work was going to be happening?
Not at all. I actually found out about this work being done by stepping into wet paint on my steps when I was trying to leave my apartment to get breakfast one morning.
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