How to Safely _ Effectively Remove Overspray

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					Over spray most commonly occurs when part of a car has been repainted but the rest
of it had not been sufficiently masked off and protected. Small speckles of paint or a
fine mist will settle on the original paintwork, dry and bond onto the surface. This can
also occur if a car has been in close proximity yet unprotected, to another being
painted.

Car paint over spray is the most common, but there are other kinds that can come
from house painting, shed or fence treatments and other dyes and coatings. As
unsightly and severe as over spray contamination can look it can usually be
successfully removed without compromising the original paintwork underneath.

The safest and most effective method of removing over spray, provided it is
undertaken correctly is to clay the affected area. Claying was originally invented as a
solution to remove vehicle over spray, and it has been so successful that it is now used
to remove all kinds of different surface contaminants.

Begin by using a fine clay and work up through the grades if necessary. Over spray
can often require a fairly heavy or aggressive clay but it is not always necessary so try
a softer fine grade clay first.

It is very important to ensure that the car, or at least the affected area has been washed
first to ensure that the surface is thoroughly clean. You must also ensure that you use
plenty of detailing spray or designated clay lube to allow the clay to glide freely over
the surface and prevent it from inflicting any damage.

When claying, you should be able to feel the clay drag a little when you move it
across an affected area, this is where you should gently but consistently work back
and fourth over the area until the over spray is removed. The clay should be folded
and re moulded to reveal a fresh contaminant free surface before moving onto a new
section.

Once clayed, the area should be rewashed or re rinsed and dried to remove any
residue. You should then polish the area with a suitable product to ensure that it is
restored back to a high standard. This will also help to remove any marring from the
surface that can unfortunately occur when using a heavy aggressive clay - even if
plenty of lubrication is used. A high quality all in one polish product would be ideal
for this in most instances.

This is a great example of why your car should regularly be cleaned, polished and
protected. If over spray was to contaminate a well polished and protected car it would
be far easier and safer to remove than from a car that has not been cared for because
the contaminant will be sitting on the layer of protection that has been applied, instead
of bonding directly to the paintwork itself.
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