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Old 14th September 2009, 22:15   #1
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Default Removing Paint Spots from my car

I had taken my wife's Zen Estilo for service to the dealer workshop. When the car was returned there were white paint patches (fingerprints mostly) on the plastic parts and side moulding. I tried IPA (IsoPropyl Alchohol) and 3M PlastShield but they were not effective in removing the patches. My last option is to use some cotton soaked in turpentine/paint thinner, but that might burn/eat the plastic parts. :-(

Anyone has any solution to removing these?
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Give a try with some rubbing polish, than experimenting with stronger solvents. Hope it works, even if it does'nt it wouldn't harm the existing paint.
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Try diesel and use a toothbrush for the side molding, should work, then wash it off with soap water as it attracts a lot of dust.
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...white paint patches (fingerprints mostly) on the plastic parts and side moulding.
Anyone has any solution to removing these?
Use nail-polish remover (acetone). Paint it on to the patches with a paintbrush (don't get it on painted surfaces), then wipe off immediately with a clean dry cloth. Repeat if necessary. Rub on a propreitory plastic polish (such as dashboard polish) once the job is done.
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I got rid of the paint spots which had fallen on my bike (thanks to the painting work going on on the building beside) using thinner. To prevent any damage, use a cloth dipped in thinner to wipe off the paint on rubber and plastic parts, and immediately wipe clean with a clean cloth.

This way, you can ensure its done with no damage.
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Diesel works best on paint stains on plastic. However, do note that it will be better if you wash it off afterwards with warm soapy water to remove all traces of the diesel, else it will attract dust and have a lot of build up of grime.
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I would prefer diesel. Thinner/acetone/CTC etc. will attack the paintwork far faster.
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Had a bad experience of using Thinner on plastic...A thought of cleaning my Pana Handycam came to my mind one day and was wondering of the best way of cleaning it. Water was a no-no but did'nt know I was heading for a worst idea than that. Got hold of a thinner bottle, dripped some drops on a cotton piece and started wiping it.
The moment it cam in contact with the plastic chrome finish the luster just vanished and left a real bad dark scar on it. The cam finish was damaged forever thanks to me..

So please try out on a similar finish surface before going in for Thinner or stronger solvents...
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Thanks everyone for the inputs.

I was able to remove the patches successfully using nail polish remover. The plastic and rubber parts seem to be intact.By the way, diesel did not work for me.
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Glad the problem got worked out...

But I would have sent the car back to the workshop and made them clean it...
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I was able to remove the patches successfully using nail polish remover. The plastic and rubber parts seem to be intact.
Well, the prescription worked! But you never explained why on earth those paint marks got there in the first place.
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Well, the prescription worked! But you never explained why on earth those paint marks got there in the first place.
Thank you.

About how the paint marks got there - All hail Maruti Suzuki dealer workshop! During purchase, the dealer had thrown in under-body antirust and Acrylic Paint Sealant (APS = clear coat ?!) as freebies in the deal. This "paint protection" has a warranty of 1 year and during the service they took the car to the painting area (no paint shop in this workshop) to redo the APS. I believe that's how the patches got there. But, as usual, the workshop folks denied any involvement when I pointed out the patches during delivery. For once, I was too tired to get into an argument again and go through their cumbersome escalation process. So I drove off never to go back there again!
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Default Paint spots on my black i20

Hi...

I've moved into a new apartment and there's exterior painting that's still underway.... I usually keep my car covered (though it's a CCP, due to the painting work), but forgot to do so last weekend

Now the right front door, parts of the right rear and a large part of the bonnet have these really small paint drops (dots more than drops of white paint).

Would greatly appreciate it you folks could suggest a way out... I took the car to the service center and the chaps there suggested a teflon coat.... I wasn't entirely convinced though....

Thanks a bunch...
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Visit 3M car Care near The Arunachalaya Hotel, Nungambakkam.
They will easily get rid of the paint spots using claying and if needed some rubbing.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/chenna...e-chennai.html (3M Car Care (Chennai))

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Hi...

I've moved into a new apartment and there's exterior painting that's still underway.... I usually keep my car covered (though it's a CCP, due to the painting work), but forgot to do so last weekend

Now the right front door, parts of the right rear and a large part of the bonnet have these really small paint drops (dots more than drops of white paint).

Would greatly appreciate it you folks could suggest a way out... I took the car to the service center and the chaps there suggested a teflon coat.... I wasn't entirely convinced though....

Thanks a bunch...
Cheerz
I had the same problem. Got some spots on the car as our society was getting painted. I cleaned with soft cloth and water. Some of the spots went way. For the stubborn ones used petrol ( just put a drop ) and immediately clean with water. It worked fine as my car is of silver color. Black color not sure if it would work
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