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Fence paint on car exteriors

Fence paint oversprayVarnis dries very hard.

Most of the cars we see with fence paint or creosite splattered over the exterior were contaminated when paintwork was being undertaken nearby. Usually its only fine overspray that has contaminated the vehicle, but we have seen cars vandalised with fence paint. It can be very difficult to remove as it can stain paintwork - but it's far from impossible.

Companies such as Cuprinol and Ronseal sell fence paint in kits that allow you to spray it on... I'm not sure if they warn of the dangers of using this method on a windy day, but it's certainly been the reason why we have seen many contaminated vehicles in recent years.

First Aid Advice

The good news is that Creosote is rarely used these days and the new generation of wood treatments are water based.

If the contamination is still wet you may be able to wash it off before it dries. Drive straight to a garage that has a pressure washer and try to blast it off. If you see that the paint is colouring the water then the paint is water based and it is safe to continue. If it doesn't then you are probably dealing with a solvent based paint -- trying to blast it off with water may only succeed in spreading it. So bring the car to us.

Some clear varnishes, especially those designed with boats in mind can dry very hard - luckily they have a long drying time, so the sooner you get them to us the better.

How much will it cost?

Some kinds of wood treatments and fence paint are easy to get off, some are extremely difficult and require special solvents. We can never quite tell how long it will take to remove until we have tried to remove it. So what we do is work on the car for one hour, we can then phone you with an estimate of how long the rest of the car will take, although sometimes we can remove it within this hour.

Video - case study

Fence paint clean-up on Ford Focus
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First ½ hour £21.00
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Hourly Rate £42.00
Material Costs per Hour - For specialist machines and products such solvents. Normal materials/sundries are in included in the hourly rate, eg detergents, masks & gloves. £8.00
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Do I claim on my insurance?

Very few of these kinds of jobs warrant a claim because the vast majority of these can be done within 2-8 hours. In rare cases where it takes longer, just a call to the insurance company can turn it into a claim. We usually recommend that you call your insurance company first just so they know they are happy with you bringing it here. We deal with all the major insurance companies.

Multiple Vehicle Contamination

If you are unfortunate enough to be the person responsible for splattering paint over lots of cars, don't panic! You aren't the first -- we often find that this is the case.
We strongly suggest that you get at least one car done and returned to the owner as quickly as you can. In our experience, people go off looking for their own solutions and getting all sorts of advice -- often they will be advised that they need a respray. But once they see that one car has been done to the owners satisfaction, they will be happy to have theirs done too.

You can send them direct to us, or we can collect cars from anywhere in the country. See out Transport page for options.

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This page was last updated on Fri, 14 October, 2011
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