Paint from a painted curb has rubbed onto my front chin -- please help!

Discussion in 'Viper Detailing Tips & Tricks' started by CZ25, May 5, 2013.

  1. CZ25

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    I lightly rubbed the front chin of my 2000 GTS against a painted curb the other day. As you can see from the attached photo, yellow paint from the curb has scratched its way onto my front chin.

    First question: why on Earth do they have to paint curbs yellow?!

    Second question: does anyone have tips on how to safely/effectively remove the yellow paint without damaging the car? It feels like the yellow paint will rub/peel away, but I want to do so in the best manner possible.

    I searched the forums high and low but didn't see anything exactly on point, so my apologies if this topic has been covered previously.

    Thanks so much for all the help that this forum has provided, and thanks in advance for your help on this issue!

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  2. 01sapphirebob

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    Answer to first question...They are painted yellow so you don't hit them. :( Oh the irony! :D Answer to second question...I would maybe start with some clay bar and detail spray or even try a 3M adhesive remover.
     
  3. uvbnbit

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    last resort, wet sand. start with 2000 lightly, polish, wax. etc
     
  4. TowDawg

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    I'd try WD40 first. If that doesn't do it, then try a polish. Still nothing, a little more abrasive rubbing compound.
    Basically start with the least abrasive and work your way up until something works.
     
  5. KNG SNKE

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    Remove your oem clear bra down there and replace it. Slight wet sanding to remove the very small parts that are actually on your paint.
     
  6. Junkman2008

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    Perfect advice, except for the adhesive remover. That won't do crap in the situation. You ALWAYS start with the least aggressive method possible and in this case, CLAY is that method. You move up from that point if not successful. The quickest way to fix this problem is to buff the paint off the car. You don't need a powerful buffer, just an orbital and a medium and light buffing pad, along with the correct polishes. OP if I were you, I would take it to a professional detailer and allow him to fix it. It takes about 10 minutes to fix and SANDPAPER is NOT NECESSARY. The supplies that you need to buy to fix this cost more than just paying someone to fix it. If you were close to me, it would just cost you a steak. :D

    For you guys suggesting sandpaper, that's the WORST advice you can give a guy who knows nothing about sanding on paint. With 2000 grit sandpaper in the wrong hands, you could easily go through the paint and into the primer. The rule of thumb that I have when giving out detailing advice is to never tell a guy to do to his paint what I wouldn't allow him to do on MY paint. I wouldn't let anyone who's ability I know nothing of to come sand on my paint and in this situation, wet sanding is completely the wrong way to fix this issue. To add to that, wet sanding is no where near as simple as you guys are making it sound. In this video, I cover wet sanding and as you will see, there's a lot more to it than what is being suggested here. The video was recorded in 1080p (full HD), so take advantage of that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n9AZFYfH-E
     
  7. past ohio

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    Many companies have a swirl/scratch removal such as Meguiars, Adama and/or Zaino....some are numbered "9" and use it to get swirls and small scratches out....good luck..
     
  8. Fatboy 18

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    Why not just try some White spirit on a cloth first, it that does not work try car polish, it removes paint if you buff it enough ;)
     
  9. Brian GTS

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    I had this happen on my truck. My little one rubbed up against the rear corner with their yellow go-kart....and I had yellow paint on the blue truck!!!

    I have a buffer, but what I did is hand rubbed some polish on there. You wouldn't believe how much better it will look once you get the yellow paint off there. Then, you can make an assessment whether it is worth going further. Being that 95% looks to be on the adhesive stripping, depending on how deep, that may be all you need to replace.

    Really though, do the hand rub with some polish first....you may be surprised. Good luck!
     
  10. Junkman2008

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    Only Meguiar's has a polish known as M9. No other company uses that labeling to name their polishes.
     
  11. KNG SNKE

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    For the 2 tiny spots that are actually on the paint and not the clear bra wet sanding is simple. These spots on the actual paint are small enough where a very light wet sanding would be quick and painless.
     
  12. CZ25

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    Thanks to all for the recommendations. What a bummer that my first post to your wonderful community had to be about such an unfortunate topic. I'll report back on my results for the sake of those who run afoul of painted curbs. I may take it to a professional detailer this time (as Junkman correctly surmised, I'm a bit of a novice), but I may use this as an excuse to acquire a nice clay bar, orbital, quality polish, etc. I need something to go on the shelf next to the foam gun, grit guards, and leaf blower that I purchased after watching Junkman's other videos...

    Thanks again.
     
  13. Junkman2008

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    Well if you actually want to fix it yourself and you're gonna buy the stuff you need, let me know when you acquire everything and I'll direct you from there. It's not a hard fix but you have to address it right away or it will become permanent.
     
  14. 2003 Viper

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    Did you get it all removed?
     
  15. Grisoman

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    WD-40. If that doesn't do it, polish with 3M Finesse.
     
  16. Bugman Jeff

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    Mineral Spirits. It's not anywhere near harsh enough to affect the factory paint, but should pull off curb paint. In fact, WD-40 is 50% mineral spirits. http://wd40.com/about-us/myths-legends-fun-facts/ Using straight mineral spirits gives you the paint cleaning action, without all the "extras" that are in WD-40. Mineral Spirits worked great to pull the curb scuffs off my recently acquired Viper. Both MS and WD will strip any wax off too, so you'll want to re-wax the area when you're done.
     
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  17. CZ25

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    Clay bar worked like a charm. It removed all the unwanted paint and did not damage the car's paint. Thanks for all the help!
     
  18. Junkman2008

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    Thanks for updating the thread.
     

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