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polyurethane car paint got sprayed a little bit on dashboard! How to remove??

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Just got my car back from the paintshop and noticed that even though they covered the dashboard during the paint procedure, my car got really dusted and i found some tracer of spray paint on top of the dashboard! Anyone knows of any product that can help me remove the paint without damaging the dashboard of my 72 240z? in the picture shown you can notice that there was a tape that covered one space the rest is sprayed. Thinner or varsol????

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Did you happen to ask the paint shop to clean it up?  If you try to clean it and mess up the dash, it's your fault/problem.  If the shop tries to clean it, they probably have the correct material.  If they mess it up, it's their problem to rectify.  Be assertive.

Dennis

 

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Today's urethane paints are usually two component which means that they won't dissolve after they cure.  Acetone, MEK, or other strong solvents might do more damage than good and they probably won't dissolve the overspray.  I wouldn't use any solvents at all, that old dash will absorb solvent, swell, and crumble.  Could be a disaster.

If the dash has had Armor All or similar vinyl care products used on it, the overspray won't adhere well.  A light scrubbing with more Armor All might remove it.  

If you decide to try a solvent, test it out on a hidden corner first.

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i dont want to deal any longer with the paint shop! they charged me US$4,750 pluse US$700 in paint and materials to restore and paint the car! It took then 4 months to accomplish this! Im done with them! wanna fix it by my own! Ill keep using armor all!

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Acetone WILL hurt your dash, as it is a plastic.. (It melts.) 

Do i see a crack in your dash? put a new cap on it...

 

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I recommend the same thing; a full dash cover. Then again if you want to try a solvent call another auto body shop and ask them what to use. If it doesn't work, cover it.

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Looks like Varsol is a "light" thinner. Probably not hot enough. But beware like everyone is saying, it could do more damage than good. 

I would still go to the shop that is guilty of this and make them fix it. You spent a good dollar for the paint job, not to mention it's the right thing to do. 

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Mineral spirits might cut it and it's not as "hot" as other thinners. It's more oil based too so no melting of the plastic. It may take multiple applications though.

Aren't you an attorney or kin to one? I've googled your email and that's what came up. You should be able to get satisfaction from the painter.

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Do not use acetone or Goof Off (a mix of primarily xylene and acetone).  The outer dash skin is made of a plastic that's similar to ABS and either of those two will melt it.  You can actually get some color and shine back by wiping with acetone, but in this case you're probably more likely to get the oversprayed paint to further embed in or bond to the dash.

I would take it back to the shop and tell them to fix it, but that's not super helpful advice, so I think your best bet here is a scuff pad and elbow grease.

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Actually the skin might be a two component urethane also.  So it might not melt or dissolve but it can still absorb solvent and swell, and crack.  The key here though is that the paint may not dissolve anyway if it's a two-component paint, so a solvent might be pointless.

Bu the shop should know all about the type of paint and how to remove it.  Or if it is removable at all.

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If it's catalyzed paint it is probably not coming off with a solvent that's not going to hurt the dash skin. If it's not catalyzed you should get your money back...maroon or grey scuff pad or some fine sand paper maybe, since your dash isn't pristine but it will probably haze the areas you work on. Or you could just use some black vinyl paint and recolor the whole dash...

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Use a scouringpad like u use in the kitchen to clean your pots and pans... if you realy don't wanna go back to the painter.. who was the maker of your problem...

a scouringpad and some kind of trimcleaner.

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As mentioned before, a dash cap can solve the paint and the crack problems. They are not very expensive and probably the easiest thing to do.

If you want to continue the restoration and wanted to restore the dash, now would be the time to do it. There is some really good information and threads here on how to do that. The dash is not too difficult to remove.

Probably the cheapest and safest remedy would be to just remove the dash, clean it and repaint it. Same as restoring except that you are skipping crack repair.  The final step in restoring a dash is repainting anyway. I used SEM TRIM BLACK with excellent results.

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On ‎07‎/‎30‎/‎2016 at 10:16 PM, psdenno said:

Did you happen to ask the paint shop to clean it up?  If you try to clean it and mess up the dash, it's your fault/problem.  If the shop tries to clean it, they probably have the correct material.  If they mess it up, it's their problem to rectify.  Be assertive.

Dennis

 

Dennis,

Got pissed and took the car back to the paintshop! They should solve this issue not me! They told me Kerosene could probably take the paint stain off! this dash has some cracks but i guess they could be fixed by some expert! The stain must be removed!!

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4 hours ago, jalexquijano said:

Dennis,

Got pissed and took the car back to the paintshop! They should solve this issue not me! They told me Kerosene could probably take the paint stain off! The stain must be removed!!

Good for you, you did the right thing by being assertive as I suggested earlier.  Now, for lesson #2.

Since they told you kerosene would take the paint off safely (questionable), the next thing you need to do is go back to them and say, "Show me, pendejo!"  They created a problem that shouldn't be your's to fix.  Keep after them until they get tired of seeing you.

Dennis

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Hé Dennis, what does Pendejo mean?  :unsure:  Is it spanish for "show me"?   Hahaha did i have a laugh when i put it in a translator!  LOL:DLOL

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That's one of the first words I learned working with some guys from Guatemala,  that and maricon. 

Cheech told Chong that pendejo meant "friends". They crashed in someones front yard and Chong was saying "hey pendejos!!" ROFL

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WD40 will remove some paint but I doubt it would touch catalyzed paint. No harm in trying unless you decide to paint the dash...

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