City to undergo road painting this week

By McPherson City Public Works
October 05, 2014

The City of McPherson would like to notify citizens that McPherson County Road Crews will begin the process of restriping City of McPherson Streets during the week of October 6-10.

The City uses common standards for painting and repainting traffic stripes on city streets. We use "follow behind" warning vehicles to slow, or in some instances block vehicles from accessing roadways with recently painted stripes.

The paint is applied in a manner intended to dry quickly. However, air temperature, humidity and thickness of paint can greatly affect drying time.

For this reason, the City of McPherson cannot and will not guarantee the amount of time it will take the paint to dry. Drivers are encouraged to avoid driving over any and all lines that appear wet during the week of October 6-10.

The City of McPherson does not accept financial liability associated with alleged damages from drivers driving through wet paint on a City street or at any other location.

However, the City of McPherson has been informed by the manufacturer of best practices to remove paint that may be accidentally placed on your car.

Though the City does not warranty the process for removing any paint from your vehicle, the manufacturer recommends that the following steps be considered in removing traffic paint from a vehicle:

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 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 vehicle's 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.

Wheel wells are very difficult to remove the paint from since they are normally a flat finish. Apply a liberal coating of Vaseline to the area and leave for several days and 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! Just apply with a very wetted rag or sponge.

We hope that the above information will be useful to you.

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