Overspray Removal

The DETAILSMITH fully understands how extensive, complex and varied overspray repairs can be, so our methodology and mission is quite simple- CREATE THE SOLUTION! …And SOLUTION is exactly what The DETAILSMITH offers:

Flexible Pricing / Rapid Scheduling & Availability

Completely Mobile Service Covering California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada & Arizona

Owner is ALWAYS On-Site / 95% Client Satisfaction Rate / Bonded and Insured

Analyze Damage for Determination of Liability

Thoroughly experienced in overspray removals multiphase processes. (Damage Inspection, Bidding, Contracts, Location/Facilities Negotiating, Public Relations, Customer Contact, Scheduling, Authorization Forms, Allocating Manpower, Photographing & Documenting, Quality Control and Final Inspection, Customer Approval and Signature Release, Claims Documents & Billing)

Specifically organized to service and accommodate Insurance Companies, Claims and Appraisal Services, Industrial/Corporate/Private Contractors, Automobile Manufacturers/Dealerships, City and Neighborhood Specific HOA, Private Residential and Retail.

Skilled in the removal of Acrylic, Urethane, Latex, Enamel, Epoxy, Bonding Agents & Glues, Road Tar & Oil, Acid Rain, Cement, Concrete Sealants, Graffiti/Vandalism, Weatherizing & Roofing Insulate Spray Foams, Fire Soot Damage & Volcanic Ash, Chemical Emissions & Industrial Fallout, and all other overspray contaminates.

 

FAQ's

What is overspray?

Overspray is any wind-blown contaminant that lands on the clean surface of a vehicle; and unlike dust or mud CANNOT be easily removed. Most overspray, when picked up by the wind, is in some stage of the curing process. As time passes the chemical dries and hardens making it progressively difficult to correct damaged. So, rapid removal is an important factor to consider. Other types of Overspray, like industrial fallout or toxic soot have very little pitch and settle tightly to the paint & clear coat; potentially etching into the finish. Again, this can usually be avoided with a swift and timely removal.

If your vehicle has been oversprayed:

1. Keep it out of the sun 2. Take detailed pictures 3. Do not wax 4. Do not use abrasive chemicals or sponges in attempts to remove 5. Investigate responsible party- If found, file a claim asap 6. If unknown- Call an Overspray Removal Specialist like The DETAILSMITH 7. Call Your Insurance Company (Option) 8. Never hire an inexperienced car washer or fly-by-night detailing service.

How does overspray occur?

The most common cause is via a powered paint/chemical sprayer rig being used outside where gusts of wind grab and carry it, sometimes thousands of yards. Most Types of Construction Zones- Wet Cement, Freshly Painted or Sealed Roadway, and newly poured Asphalt and Tar. Also, indoor paint booths improperly filtered will externally vent pollutants potentially causing fallout. Petroleum and Chemical refineries stack accidents or blowouts are a less common but still possible cause.

How much is overspray removal?

Our prices vary and are based on the following criteria:

1) Make-up of overspray (type of chemical? Latex Paint, Road Tar, Roofing Insulation, Concrete Sealant, Etc.) 2) Severity of damage... or amount of surface coverage. 3) Number of cars damaged and vehicle types. >>>Quotes given in writing on a per job basis.

(For CONTRACTORS, INSURANCE and CLAIMS ADJUSTERS- The DETAILSMITH is happy to further negotiate our variable pricing scheme for your commercial, industrial and private claims)

We handle on-site removal of Acrylic, Urethane, Latex, Enamel, Epoxy, Bonding Agents & Glues, Road Tar & Oil, Acid Rain, Cement, Concrete Sealants, Graffiti/Vandalism, Weatherizing & Roofing Insulate Spray Foams, Fire Soot Damage & Volcanic Ash, Chemical Emissions & Industrial Fallout, and all other overspray contaminate types.

Does the overspray removal process damage my clearcoat or affect my warranty?

The DETAILSMITH's method is focused on gently removing overspray using extreme care to prevent residual damage. Because most overspray attaches itself to the surface of your vehicles clear coat, as opposed to being absorbed or etched, we can safely remove all contaminants without clear coat damage. Our safe and effective techniques of removal will not void your manufacturer warranty. How long will it take to clean my vehicle?

Depending on the degree of damage, type of overspray and size and color of car, a three (3) person crew averages between two (2) and four (4) hours per car. What about my Paint Protection Sealant (Perma Plate, Touch of Class, etc)

After successful removal of all overspray The DETAILSMITH, using a dual action orbital machine buffer, will reapply a polymer acrylic sealant to protect your paint. If you maintain a paint protection warranty with a particular product we will happily re apply the specific brand of your choosing at no extra charge. What about the overspray on my windows & moldings?

Windows are the simplest area of a vehicle to remove overspray from; perhaps because they are the smoothest, least porous. Either way, most types of overspray barely adhere to windows making removal a cinch.

The Detailsmith can safely restore most moldings with a non-abrasive removal method that will not loosen, dry out or discolor your trim. If the moldings are damaged beyond any reasonable repair, The DETAILSMITH will discuss other options with you.

What is your process for removal?

The DETAILSMITH utilizes the most benign methods available- Automotive Surface Clay, Showroom Surface Lubricant, and Citrus Oil cleaners- And we avoid machine rotary buffing or wet sanding unless absolutely necessary (rare); And even then, our technique and years of experience won't affect your clear coat negatively. Do you offer a guarantee?

Yes. We guarantee that we will remove, to the vehicle owner’s satisfaction, all overspray damage. And that in doing so, our processes will in no way, damage the paint.

Pre-Existing damage excluded (dents, scratches, swirls, fading, etc)

Do you use solvents?

Sometimes, Yes. Solvents are sometimes necessary on smaller areas where clay cannot reach or won't work. We use small amounts of flash drying chemicals such as Acetone and De Natured Alcohol. Although these types of chemicals sound harsh and are dangerous when improperly handled, they are a standard use tool in any experienced detailers shop. Do you use rotary buffers of wet sanding methods?

We avoid machine rotary buffing or wet sanding unless absolutely necessary (rare); and even in those extreme cases, because of our proper buffing technique, skilled wet sanding methods and years of experience you can be certain your clear coat is in good hands. It is however, a much more time consuming, labor intensive and costly endeavor.