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:SM030: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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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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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.

Rob
Rob is correct. Most clay bars come with a spray on lubricant. I have also used clay bars that say to mix up car wash soap and water in a spray bottle to use as the lubricant.

Clay bar will remove just about anything that is not etched into the paint safely. Chrome is "tougher", but I would still use clay bar first.

Oh, and like previously said, if there is latex paint on the wheels, it is other places too... I have never heard of a latex paint "smart bomb" unless the body panels were quickly washed but the wheels were not right after the paint was splattered on your ride.

In any event, latex paint will come off easily, but scratches are permanent scars that can ony be "hidden" by either removing some of the finish or filling them with oils... even modern chrome surfaces are not impervious to damage, so always be careful when choosing cleaning methods.

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Thanks for all the info guys. My rims are the stock 6 spoke ones...std with the Overlands and Limiteds. How durable do you think the chrome is on those?

You can't notice the overspray on the body of the car...but yea, didn't even think of that part. But you can see the 'hazing' from the spray on the rims.

I'll try the least abrassive first...and move up from there.
 

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Thanks for all the info guys. My rims are the stock 6 spoke ones...std with the Overlands and Limiteds. How durable do you think the chrome is on those?

You can't notice the overspray on the body of the car...but yea, didn't even think of that part. But you can see the 'hazing' from the spray on the rims.

I'll try the least abrassive first...and move up from there.
The chrome rims are actually a heavily plated plastic cover that is permanently adhered to the rim.
Fairly durable but will scratch if mishandled.
You might want to first try a cleaner wax or a gentle polisher such as Scratch out.

To determine overspray on other panels.....After washing and drying gently slide your palm (most sensative part of hand) along various areas of the finish and glass.
It should feel absolutly smooth, like a new pane of glass.
If you feel the finish 'nibbles' at your palm, like there is dirt stuck in it, thats overspray or airborn debris that has locked to the finish.
Drag your palm along the clean winshield and side glass.
That should feel smooth.....if you feel the 'nibble' I'm trying to describe, thats overspray.
Take a razorblade and scrape the glass and see if it is removing debris that happens to be the same color as your house.
If it's on the glass, it's everwhere and you may have to start by claying the entire vehicle.

Last year, wife was parked at school.
They were spray painting a small building with latex.
Stuff got blown about a quarter mile.....all over the car.
Metallic red with a billion tiny white dots.
I was fortunate.....the clay pulled it all.....I had to razor blade all the glass and sunroof followed by 0000 steel wool on the the glass as well.

I HATE latex sprayers.....or any spray type system being used outdoors.
About ten years ago they were spraying a water tower with oil base.
I could see the spray about a half mile away and it was a windy day.
Soon as I got back home I looked my black truck over.....now with tiny green dots.
A bunch of enamel reducer later, I got it all off before it adhered too strongly.

Good luck,
Rob
 

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I had a customer that went on a cruise, leaving from Norfolk, Va. While he was gone, the shipyard was painting a ship and got overspray on his Rav-4. I dont know what they use, but that was some of the hardest paint I had ever seen. I had to sand it off with a D.A. and then buff it back out. That job sucked.
 

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Will the clay bar strip the wax off too? If it does, I'm assuming you would want to slap on a fresh coat.
 

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Hey guys...haven't tried anything yet...since the kids got out of school things have been wicked busy. But alas...they will be gone for about two weeks visiting other family. I'll try to find time to clean them up.

Thanks for all the info...
 
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