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Question Paint overspray on rims.....fix?

Hey guys, I just noticed there is a faint overspray of house paint on my rims. I have the std chrome rims for the Overland. We had our house painted a few months ago...while giving her a bath and wiping the rims, I noticed two of them have a bit of "misting" on them. You can't notice it from a distance, but up close and cleaning them...it feels like a fine grit sandpaper.

I thought about using some sort of wax or rubbing compound from Mother's or Meguiars.

Before I do that...any ideas?
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You might try rubbing alcohol if it was a water base paint.



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Before you use solvents or abrasives, get yourself a clay bar and try it. Generally it will lift fresh paint and any other stuff off the paint.

Do the entire vehicle while you're at it... she'll glow nice after a clay job and new polishing!!!

I had road paint on my C5 Corvette once and clay bar took it off without any problems. It lifts tar, rail dust and everything else.

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I was thinking nail polish remover but that probably isn't the best idea considering it could maybe damage your wheels. Good luck!
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if your rims have a smooth finish and it's standard esterior latex paint you should be able to get it off with warm water and your fingernail. i've also had good luck with just a simple polish and a soft damp cloth. if that doesn't work try "goof off" it will remove just about anything & if it leaves any type of hazing you can get that off with a very mild polish.
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when i was a bit younger and worked at a Porsche dealer we used hot water and a plastic scrapper if that doesn't work try mothers chrome polish it has a tiny bit of grit to work it out hope this helps
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If your wheels are chrome, not painted, then you are safe using pretty much anything on them. If the paint is latex, then it is water based and you need to soften it up with water then try your fingernail to scrape it off. I would go to a carwash and use the power wand ( power washer ). If the paint is oil based, then use some Goo-Gone, finger nail polish remover, maybe WD-40 will do it if its not real hard and cured out. I wouldnt be afraid to use a mineral spirits or paint reducer and even lacquer thinner on wheels and even on the body itself, but then again thats what I do everyday so I know what I can get away with. If you dont feel comfortable, dont do it, period. If when you are finished there is a bit of haze left over, a little chrome polish or wax will fix it up.
Remember, bugs and tree sap and latex paint are water based and water is needed to remove.
Road tar, street line paint and the like is oil based and you need an oil based solvent to remove it. For tar , WD-40 works pretty good and is found in everyone's garage at home. Goo-Gone is also good. These are pretty weak solvents and shouldnt harm the paint very easily.
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Before you use solvents or abrasives, get yourself a clay bar and try it. Generally it will lift fresh paint and any other stuff off the paint.

Do the entire vehicle while you're at it... she'll glow nice after a clay job and new polishing!!!

I had road paint on my C5 Corvette once and clay bar took it off without any problems. It lifts tar, rail dust and everything else.

Chuck
You have to use something with a clay bar don't you? like an oil or something? you just don't rub the bar dry Right.


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Clay bars are typically used with water. Personally, I've never had good results with a clay bar. The times I had tried the bar to remove overspray , it didnt work , but I think the overspray was too thick and I ended up sanding it off and then buffing.
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Clay bars work best with a spray detailer or very soapy water.
The liquid acts as a lubricant to prevent the clay from adhering to the surface being clayed.
I have had good luck with light overspray removal.

Like Smitty said though, the heavy stuff just shears the clay.

You can rest assured though, if it is on your wheels, your vehicle has it everywhere.

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