paint overspray on car

 

My wife came back from work last week, and there were curious red splotches and dots on her car. We actually assumed a flock of birds (how silly)?

Turns out it was paint.

Back track to where she parked, and it was near a church.

Wouldn't you know that the church has a lift in front, the lift is coned off, and hmmm....their doors are nicely repainted as is their sign, the same color as what's on our car?

When we contacted the church they said nah, can't be from our work.

All I will say is this much. It's truly disappointing how at many levels of society, nobody owns up to what they did.

My buddy said when they used to paint they would have to cone off parking spaces because as careful as they were, overspray went everywhere. With signage and blocking spaces, now they are not responsible if what happened to my wife happened.

At any rate, I had to get out the cordless polisher and spend a couple of hours. I had polish ready just in case, but a lot of work with cleaner wax got a lot of it out. It would be impossible to remove without a tool.

I ought to dime out the church, but I won't, I'll take the high road. Bad show.

I would think….

…that either the church’s insurance or the contractor’s insurance company would pay for the repair. A few years ago I was mowing my mother’s lawn and the mower hit a rock and threw it into the road. As it so happens, a car was driving by and it hit the rock. grin Anyway, my mother’s home insurance covered the damage and replaced the car’s windshield with no increase in her insurance premium.

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My, my, my...

It seems some church official hasn't been paying attention.

Luke 6:31
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Proverbs 28:13
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

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Paint Overspray

Absolutely the contractor or whoever did the job should pay for the removal , they should pay for your time. I worked at a garage at 17 and had to remove overspray from a lady's car by hand..one rough day

My Guess

I may be wrong but it seems to me that the liability belongs not to the church but to whomever was contracted by the church to perform the painting.

Does it really matter that

Does it really matter that the place where the incident occurred is a church? Should be treated like any other entity where property damage occurs.

I think it does matter

zx1100e1 wrote:

Does it really matter that the place where the incident occurred is a church? Should be treated like any other entity where property damage occurs.

If I have a complaint with a business, I have learned to expect a hard time being heard, much less finding a resolution. Experience has made my cynical of businesses but I do recognize that I am painting with a broad brush.

Should churches be held to a higher standard than a riff-raff business? Hell yeah.

As described the church is not to blame for the overspray. They could have helped to expedite resolution of the problem

I'm actually

glad at the overall outcome. It's not perfect, but using the polisher most evidence is gone. There are tiny specks in some places that need more work.

But just imagine if my only recourse is to pay $500 for detailing and then be told, not our problem?

What if I had my dream car, a 2022 Escalade Sport Platinum with the 6 piston front brakes and engine stop start is back as well as the steering column lock, now, I would be still upset with the specks.

The older I get the less I want to fight city hall, but I do want others to hear about the incident. And I mean it sincerely, I've gotten on 2 occasions very good advice from this forum, which is why I keep sharing life's experiences...

And I get it too....when I see any type of work being done, I don't remotely park near the work. but that's me, not my wife. Although now she said she will park far away if she sees work. So good...and of our cars, this is the one (it's actually newest lol) that I would want it to happen to. It's all good.

I work

stan393 wrote:

Absolutely the contractor or whoever did the job should pay for the removal , they should pay for your time. I worked at a garage at 17 and had to remove overspray from a lady's car by hand..one rough day

The building I work in is a high rise and completed construction 2019. You can imagine all the lingering work.

My boss does not have a garage space. So she has to park in a lot, and as a result of a hotel being built, her car was covered with concrete specks. She showed me and I thought oh, man, I would not be comfortable polishing that as the specks are likely abrasive.

She paid $500. My employer said sorry. The contractor said not our problem, with confidence (like they have a blanket at your own risk deal somehow). She was out the money. I may have resigned out of principle, not sure, and glad I have a garage space.

p.s. she did say today the car does not have a clear coat (I guess that would have cost more)

p.p.s. in college I worked in an Olds/Caddy dealership and loved being around the cars. The owner had a classic 4-4-2 in the showroom. The pay was lousy but I was allowed access to the lifts...

Where to park

I feel sorry for johnnatash4 for his problems. But in some ways it is because people want to park as close to an entrance.

I am the opposite, I will park away from the maddening crowd to avoid door dings etc. So for that reason I would be less likely to be a victim of over-spray.
But that's me!

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I park in the fringes too

Melaqueman wrote:

I feel sorry for johnnatash4 for his problems. But in some ways it is because people want to park as close to an entrance.

I am the opposite, I will park away from the maddening crowd to avoid door dings etc. So for that reason I would be less likely to be a victim of over-spray.
But that's me!

Like you I park in the fringes of parking lots, but that doesn't mean that I am successful at parking away from others. Sometimes another pickup will park next to my F-350 (are they trying to mate?) or a small car will get really close to be in the shade.

Same Here

Melaqueman wrote:

I feel sorry for johnnatash4 for his problems. But in some ways it is because people want to park as close to an entrance.

I am the opposite, I will park away from the maddening crowd to avoid door dings etc. So for that reason I would be less likely to be a victim of over-spray.
But that's me!

For the same reason I do the same thing as I look for a parking spot with few to no cars around. Besides, the extra walk is beneficial for the long term preservation of this octogenarian. Most days I take a two-mile walk on the hills in my neighborhood that I greatly enjoy first thing in the mornings.

Parking a few hundred feet away from the masses provides a bit more beneficial exercise and reduces the chances of vehicle dings.

insurance

I would think that the church's or contractor's insurance would cover this damage. However, since you were able to repair it yourself, I am not sure what you damages would be.

I never

mcginkleschmidt wrote:
Melaqueman wrote:

I feel sorry for johnnatash4 for his problems. But in some ways it is because people want to park as close to an entrance.

I am the opposite, I will park away from the maddening crowd to avoid door dings etc. So for that reason I would be less likely to be a victim of over-spray.
But that's me!

For the same reason I do the same thing as I look for a parking spot with few to no cars around. Besides, the extra walk is beneficial for the long term preservation of this octogenarian. Most days I take a two-mile walk on the hills in my neighborhood that I greatly enjoy first thing in the mornings.

Parking a few hundred feet away from the masses provides a bit more beneficial exercise and reduces the chances of vehicle dings.

cared about dings until 2006. Then I learned. curb one side of the car, park so far away you can barely read the signage on the front of a venue.

Think I told the story before, on 2 occasions in my 1998 Nissan two people opened their door full force and hit the car, while I was sitting inside. One apologized and walked away, the other got in my face and said a few nasty things. Figuring she's done it before, she said call the police since you're such a saint and have never done it to someone else. I really have not, I've said I treat a rental car as if it's my own.

But she knew the game--police aren't going to do something about a door opening into another.

My 2007 car had the "protection" and I had 3 dings repaired under it, the PDR. It is a miracle--one was even in the lower corner of a door, yet they still got it out.

At any rate, unless one has a physical impairment, why not get in some extra steps walking?

I agree. We do weekly (or

I agree. We do weekly (or every ~10 days) runs to costco. Parking by the front doors is always a zoo and quite dangerous. My ideal parking spot below.

https://i.imgur.com/HlLe6TL.jpg

Parking lot and a movie theater

We don't like to set near anyone when we used to go to the movies. We also don't like to park near anyone. That being said you can set or park way away and there could be 100 seats or 100 parking places empty and it never fails someone will set or park next to you. What is it with people wanting to be near someone?
Needless to say we are hermits, you might even say recluse.

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this reminded

mgarledge wrote:

We don't like to set near anyone when we used to go to the movies. We also don't like to park near anyone. That being said you can set or park way away and there could be 100 seats or 100 parking places empty and it never fails someone will set or park next to you. What is it with people wanting to be near someone?
Needless to say we are hermits, you might even say recluse.

Me of a time we went to church in someone else's parish, meaning Maryland and we live in PA. We stayed the weekend at a friend's house. The church was reasonably packed, but not fully, and my wife sat down right next to two ladies. I saw the reaction kind of like why? So I told my wife we can move over there. She's not a bad person but likely unaware of what she did. It's a stretch, but I do think many are unaware of how inconsiderate their actions are, such as parking right next to someone else and not skipping 2-5 spaces when available.

Again the weird thing about me is my entire driving career I hadn't worried about dings until 12/06 when I got my first and only BMW. Since then, I've always parked far away, curbed, and this habit extends to rental cars. Most people that are with me find this eccentric behavior, but hey it's up to me if I am the driver.