City warns drivers of wet paint next week

By KBBE News
November 10, 2017

McPherson County road crews will complete the process of restriping McPherson city streets November 13-17. The City uses common standards for painting and repainting traffic stripes including “follow behind warning vehicles” to slow or block vehicles from accessing roadways with recently painted stripes. While the paint is applied in a manner intended to dry quickly, drying time can be affected by air temperature, humidity and paint thickness. Thus, the City cannot and will not guarantee the amount of time it will take the paint to dry. Drivers should avoid driving over any and all lines that appear wet.

The City of McPherson does not accept financial liability associated with alleged damages from driving through wet paint on a city street or at any other location. The manufacturer has informed the City about the best practices to remove paint that may be accidently placed on cars. Though the City does not warranty the process for removing any paint from vehicles, it recommends the following manufacturing instructions:

Step One: As soon as possible after getting paint from road stripes, owners are encouraged to wash their vehicle immediately at a pressure car wash in an attempt to remove this fast drying paint. This will loosen and remove most of the paint unless it has dried for more than one day.

Step two: If the car wash does not remove the paint, allow the water to dry off the vehicle. Spray the paint residue with WD-40 and allow the WD-40 to stay on the area for 1 to 2 hours then rewash the vehicle. The WD-40 will soften the traffic paint without hurting the vehicle finish. If there is a heavy concentration, repeat the procedure.

Step three: For heavy accumulations or paint that has dried for several days, apply a liberal coating of Vaseline to the dried traffic paint and allow to the Vaseline to stay on overnight. Take vehicle to a pressure car wash and wash. This should remove most of the traffic paint. If not, repeat the procedure. DO NOT SCRUB THE FINISH WITH A SOLVENT OR SCOURING CLEANSER – THIS WILL DAMAGE THE FINISH.

Step Four: After cleaning the paint away, apply a good wax to the vehicle’s finish. Wax should remove any lasting signs of the traffic paint.

It is very difficult to remove paint from wheel wells due to typical flat finish. For best results, apply a liberal coating of Vaseline to the area and leave for several days then pressure wash. Applying an alcohol such as Solox or Rubbing Alcohol to the area in the wheel well will help to soften any residue left after the Vaseline. Again, DO NOT SCRUB! Only apply with a very wet rag or sponge.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 620-245-2545 or [email protected]