Last wednesday I finally got around to taking my car for a much needed wash. Spent a good 2 hours washing, waxing, and detailing the whole car inside and out. After finishing I decided to go for a short drive to the liquor store to grab supplies to celebrate my 22nd birthday. This is where things took a turn for the worse...
On the way to the store I pass a work convoy. I didnt think much of it other than how annoying it was that they forced us all into a single lane of the service drive I was on. Oh well no big deal. I arrive at the store, buy my supplies and return home. When I get back I notice I have a gray spatter on my rear bumper on the drivers side. Ugh. Upon closer inspection both my driver side wheel wells have spatter in them, my drivers side door has a few minor flecks, and my rear bumper just behind the rear wheel well is a mess.
Keeping in mind my Cobalt is less than 3 months old and was JUST purchased from the dealership I'm pretty pissed. I immediately do a quick search of all cobalt forums and car forums looking for suggestions to get it off my bumper. I've tried waxing it off, claybars, scratching it with the good ole thumbnail, nail polish remover, goo gone Xtreme, and a few paint removers that wouldn't hurt my clear coat. None have made a dent in my paint problem.
Extremely frustrated I grit my teeth and begin looking online for phone numbers for city offices that would handle a complaint about wet road paint. I finally locate the number for what appears to be the office of city road maintenance. Its already past 5 so I resolve to call them the next day bright and early. I call them and they direct me to TXDOT and provide me the phone number, TXDOT finally answers and tells me they contracted out the work. Following the phone number for the contractor I get lost in an INFINITE phone message system with what seems to be a bazillion options. I call TXDOT back, get a new number for the contractor and finally get through. They tell me to stop by their office, provide me directions, and tell me I can fill out a claim there in person. Ok, cool. Its thursday and I don't have time so i head out there until Friday afternoon. I show up Friday only to find out the contractor had contracted that job out and couldnt help me. They give me the phone number for that contractor and I leave them a message.
They finally call me back on Monday, ask for pics, which I email to them and are posted below. As of today (thursday 2/25) it has been 8 days since the paint splatter occurred and I have yet to hear back from the contractor on whether or not they will pay to fix it. With any luck I can get them to let me submit a claim to their insurance and start getting estimates to get it fixed.
Alternatively, if anyone on this forum has any suggestions or good ideas for removing this splatter, feel free to help out and I'll give your ideas a shot. If it helps at all, this splatter is mostly likely the road epoxy used to glue down reflectors and such. It has super bonded to my paint and is so toughly adhered that I couldnt even scrape it off the mudflap it was stuck too, even when using a screwdriver or knife.
Rear Bumper Pic 1:
Rear Bumper Pic 2:
Front Wheel Well Pic 1:
Front Wheel Well Pic 2:
Rear Wheel Well Pic 1: