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Nationwide Overspray sent the most skilled technicians to hand clean paint overspray from an antique car collection valued at 20 million dollars. The damage was discovered as the cars were being prepped to appear in a local parade in Carrollton, Texas in August of 2010. The damaged was assessed the day the initial call came in. At the same time a team of cleaning experts was assembled. A high level of expertise is required to successfully clean the outside and inside of cars such as a 1949 Packard, ‘60’s Thunderbirds, Model T’s or a 1936 Lincoln Zephyr without damaging the cars any further. Older car paint does not have a clear coat and is often very soft.

“The oversprayed paint contained aluminum particles in it which means mechanical buffing cannot be used or it would scratch the finish.” said Jim Gerencser, owner of Nationwide Overspray. “The original car paint is extremely soft. Our overspray removal techniques are designed to be gentle. We did not want to add to the damage.”

The cars were housed in a 50,000 square foot section of a large warehouse. The warehouse owners were repainting the ceiling and support poles in the vacant spaces for new tenants. The paint contractor was using spray guns to apply the aluminum - based paint. The ceiling to wall junctions have small gaps along with rollup doors. In addition, the space housing the car collection was not climate controlled and because it was a very warm day the outside doors were opened and several large fans were in use to exhaust the warm air to the outside. This created a suction that pulled a fine mist of paint through the tiny gaps and into the car collection space. The result was a fine mist that “rained” on the entire car collection. Analysis and liability determination of the paint at a lab was used to understand the makeup of the overspray. Nationwide Overspray used special light tunnels allowing the tiniest speck of paint to be seen clearly and subsequently cleaned. The owner of the collection was understandably relieved that the cars were cleaned successfully.

“Damage to the original paint could have cost me millions in lost value. These cars each have a unique history and look. Thankfully, Nationwide Overspray cleaned the cars and polished them to where most of them look even better than before.”

The antique car collection cleanup was definitely one of the most interesting jobs and proved that the gentle hand processes works even on 60-year-old paint.

Location: Dallas, Texas near Love Field

Type of Overspray: Exterior paint from a commercial project

Just when you think you have it figured out something happens to ruin your day. That’s what happened to a commercial paint crew finishing up the last part of construction on a stand-alone fitness center. They were spraying paint on the exterior on a nice sunny day with light winds.

Nearly one mile away to the south there are several dealerships with high dollar cars sitting in the lots. The dealership was washing some of the cars when they noticed the “dirt” wouldn’t wash clean. Turns out it appeared to be tiny dots of paint. Where did it come from? They called their insurance company who then called Nationwide Overspray.

This particular job had us scratching our heads. Where did the overspray come from? We drove around and it looked like the only explanation for a responsible party would be the construction of the fitness center. Of course, they denied responsibility.

Nationwide Overspray understands the cause of overspray and has the resources to do the legwork to identify the responsible party and the exact paint type and makeup. Evidence you might say.

In this case, after obtaining weather reports, the wind on this day shifted from the south to the north midday and gusted up to 20 mph. That’s what happened! The paint crew took precautions but didn’t anticipate the wind changing direction and speed. They were up near the roof at that time so the wind took the tiny droplets of paint and carried it nearly a mile downwind, finally settling on the new cars at the dealership. Fortunately for the dealership, they called the professionals not just for the cleaning but also the investigation and administration of the claim.

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