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Angry Construction, Wet Road Paint, and My Woeful Story About It All

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.

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Ah man, that sux butt! How hard is it? Is it hardenough to take a small file to it? File the stuff down then you might be able to wet sand it...

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its tough enough to file, sand, or straight up last through a thermo-nuclear meltdown. I'm pretty sure if I take it to a body shop they'd have to wet-sand it or file it down then refinish/repaint my clearcoat.

Anyone have a rough guestimate of what that would cost? I need to take it to get some estimates but I'm waiting to hear back from the company before I waste my time doing so
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Ive got a white haze of road paint all over my car.

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I had something like this happen with my old car, but it was concrete not paint...long story short wet concrete spilled out of a truck driving up my hill right in front of my car and got EVERYWHERE. When I got a hold of the company they basically told me to go eff myself, and was told by my insurance that I would have to pay out of pocket for it if the companys insurance wouldn't cover.

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wow, i'm officially changing your name to "The Bearer of Great Sadness"

i'm really hoping this construction company owns up to its mistake. They seem like they are going to make me go to the extreme to get anything resolved. I've called them twice today with no response. If i have to i will drive there and visit in person. I'm from fort worth and a visit to the folks with a sidetrip to get submit a claim in person might not be a bad idea...
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man that really sucks. if they don't get back to you within a few weeks i'd start getting a lawyer in on it to let them know you're serious.
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Contact your local "trusted body shop". I do recall a solution that will remove it without paint damage or refinishing.
If I have time tomorrow and can remember, I'll stop by our VDOT (Virginia) and discuss with them your problem and a possible solution.

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Contact your local "trusted body shop". I do recall a solution that will remove it without paint damage or refinishing.
If I have time tomorrow and can remember, I'll stop by our VDOT (Virginia) and discuss with them your problem and a possible solution.

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i appreciate it, let me know what you find out. I heard back briefly from the construction company friday afternoon.

They let me know by email to go get estimates and if it would cost "a few hundred dollars" they would just go ahead and get it fixed. BUT... if it was going to cost more than that I'd have to go through insurance and such. I got an estimate to get it all fixed today and it came in at a whopping $1351. I'll go get another tomorrow but its not looking good. Basically i need both bumpers, door, and inner wheel skirts repainted/replaced.

I'm hoping I can just get a check for the repairs and put that money into car improvements. I'll be honest the paint damage just isn't worth $1400 to me, but if i can get the insurance company to cut me a check I could easily manage to use that money for a few much needed performance parts or to simply pay off my car early
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man that really sucks. if they don't get back to you within a few weeks i'd start getting a lawyer in on it to let them know you're serious.
THIS!!!

most of the time once they know you're serious they'll deal with it quickly
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