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Old 22 September 2021, 09:27 AM   #1
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Road Paint Removal

I’ll start the thread by mentioning that I am a dope.
That will save others the task of pointing it out.

Not paying enough attention.
I drove over a newly painted yellow line and gave the drivers side of my X5 an unwanted racing stripe

Caught the bottom of both doors, some chrome, two tires and completely coated the wheel wells.
If I were trying to paint the undercarriage bright yellow, I couldn’t have done a more thorough job!!!

Please post any tricks or suggestions

My aggressive use of a paint scraper seems to have made the vehicle look worse



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Old 22 September 2021, 09:36 AM   #2
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Left rear wheel well
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Old 22 September 2021, 09:41 AM   #3
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Try some Goof Off in a small inconspicuous place?
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Old 22 September 2021, 09:42 AM   #4
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Road Paint Removal

Dude, if that’s thermo striping you’ve done a number. Go to a auto paint shop and see what they can do, otherwise learn to love yellow?


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Old 22 September 2021, 10:07 AM   #5
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Go to a bodyshop or DIY.

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Old 22 September 2021, 10:12 AM   #6
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Best DIY will be rubbing alcohol.

Mind you on such a broad area it will take a really long time. Then after that the alcohol will have caused some swirls and removed the wax which will need buffed with a pretty high grit polishing compound to remove the swirls. Also as the alcohol removed the wax and with the buffing as well the area will need waxed again. Plus some caution needs taken with the rubbing alcohol as you can rub pretty deep in the finish and damage the paint.

Realistically it’s probably just best to go to a detail shop. They should have all the necessary stuff on hand.
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Old 22 September 2021, 10:53 AM   #7
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Getting the car detailed seemed to be the best choice.
They’ll certainly have more experience than I do.
The wheel wells won’t make me crazy in the short run.
The doors and trim responded to a very light dab of Acetone followed by vigorous soap and water.
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Old 22 September 2021, 11:26 AM   #8
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Happen to me in my company car. It was removed by our Transportation Department using a power washer. If you don’t have a power washer, try one of those DIY outdoor car washes. Good luck.
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Old 22 September 2021, 12:36 PM   #9
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I went through paint from a 5 gallon bucket that had fallen off a truck and busted all over the lane. I had grey paint on a black truck from front to back. I took it to a couple of "specialist detail shops" who weren't even sure they could get it all off and gave me quotes from $500-2000! I took my truck home and thought, eh, it's jacked up already, what's the worst than could happen and proceeded to use a pressure washer on it with a 40 degree tip. It took the paint off like it was dirt. I was totally shocked and had the whole thing, including rims, cleaned in 10 minutes. Granted, this paint was a different beast than road paint!! Good luck.
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Old 22 September 2021, 10:43 PM   #10
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Oh man, I've had this happen as well with wet road paint. I'm really hoping the suggestions above lead to you getting this resolved.
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Old 22 September 2021, 10:54 PM   #11
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Anything like that, I normally try neat petrol or white spirit, and a cautious rub.

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Old 22 September 2021, 11:01 PM   #12
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Old 22 September 2021, 11:03 PM   #13
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Google Ammo NYC and email the owner Larry. He cleans and details million dollar cars and will tell you the safest way to remove the paint.
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Old 23 September 2021, 01:13 AM   #15
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Not sure I can see that coming off of the plastic liner, you will likely have to replace it which should not be too expensive. Any paint on the paint itself should be able to be removed by a detailer.
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I went through paint from a 5 gallon bucket that had fallen off a truck and busted all over the lane. I had grey paint on a black truck from front to back. I took it to a couple of "specialist detail shops" who weren't even sure they could get it all off and gave me quotes from $500-2000! I took my truck home and thought, eh, it's jacked up already, what's the worst than could happen and proceeded to use a pressure washer on it with a 40 degree tip. It took the paint off like it was dirt. I was totally shocked and had the whole thing, including rims, cleaned in 10 minutes. Granted, this paint was a different beast than road paint!! Good luck.
I agree with this ^^^ it’s certainly worth a try OP
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Old 23 September 2021, 01:22 AM   #17
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Getting the car detailed seemed to be the best choice.
They’ll certainly have more experience than I do.
The wheel wells won’t make me crazy in the short run.
The doors and trim responded to a very light dab of Acetone followed by vigorous soap and water.
Sorry missed this … did it work? Pics?
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Old 23 September 2021, 03:48 AM   #18
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Thank you to all for their thoughts and suggestions

The X5 is off at a scheduled service appointment since this AM.

I’ll post a picture later to show how round one of the process turned out.

I’m thinking learning to love bright yellow is in my future
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Matt black paint and a big brush, might work!

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Old 23 September 2021, 10:24 AM   #20
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Be thankful you live in a neighborhood that actually still paints yellow lines on their roads. They seem to be quaint relics of the past.
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Old 23 September 2021, 12:36 PM   #21
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The paint used by the highway departments to paint lane markings is much different than any other paint you will find. After all, it is designed to adhere to the roadway thru rain, snow and sun all the while withstanding a beating from traffic, for up to a year.

I have seen people use a plastic spoon or knife and scrape it from the surface when it is just a few spots. Since that doesn't appear to be the case here, I also have a friend who picked up a large amount on his new BMW, and he took it to a detailer who had a chemical that removed it.
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Old 23 September 2021, 12:45 PM   #22
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I had some yellow road paint kick up on my new 88 Mustang GT. It wasn’t as bad as yours and the car was freshly waxed. I was able to lay down and pick it off with a fingernail. It took some hours to do. I wish I had a better answer for you, Good luck.
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Old 24 September 2021, 12:13 AM   #23
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Definitely better, and the doors and chrome are clean,but more work remains
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Yeah thats what I expected. Those fender liners should not be expensive to replace, they just snap in but unsure how much removal is necessary on the X5. Still, shouldn't be bad.
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What if you had the wheel wells sprated with a black undercoating. Probably cheaper than replacing them
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Easy off oven cleaner. Let it sit on there for a while then pressure wash it right off. It won’t hurt the paint, just don’t let it cook in direct sunlight. If you’re not comfortable using it on painted areas, plastic razor blades work too, or goof off.

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Goo Gone arriving tomorrow
I’ll keep the other suggestions in mind as well.

I’m sure that a Detailer can fix the issue even if I fail.
I like the DIY prices best
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What if you had the wheel wells sprated with a black undercoating. Probably cheaper than replacing them

Wow, that’s brilliant!! Never thought of doing that.


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Goo Gone arriving tomorrow
I’ll keep the other suggestions in mind as well.

I’m sure that a Detailer can fix the issue even if I fail.
I like the DIY prices best
Sometimes it’s really stubborn and goo gone isn’t strong enough. You’ll find out real quick. A pro shop will just spray oven cleaner all over that, let it sit for a half hour and it blasts right off. Easy $500. Luckily it’s just in the wells, I’ve seen literal whole sides and under carriages heavily covered, caked on. You’ll be back to normal in no time.
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Goo Gone arriving tomorrow
I’ll keep the other suggestions in mind as well.

I’m sure that a Detailer can fix the issue even if I fail.
I like the DIY prices best

JMO, that’s not a GooGone job. Goof Off might do it, but it’ll leave artifacts in the stippled surface of the wheel liners. Solvents should be your last resort.

Pressure washing could help remove it from the wheel liners since they are a vinyl chloride surface. The acrylic latex paint binder would have “skinned” against that liner.

You might consider a flexible paint application (matching the charcoal color of the wheel liner) after your best cleaning efforts are done.


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