And people wonder why I am paranoid? Last night, with subzero wind chill,
some kind soul inflicted a drive-by paintballing on my house. (Thought it
was eggs at first- same color- but too small, and no shell fragments. )No
neighbor houses, just mine. (Rural subdivision, about 30 feet between
houses, looks like they drove up into my driveway to do it.) About 6-8
shots, on the t-111 siding and wood garage door. (as well as the light
fixtures, but those probably can be cleaned.)
So anyway, are common paintballs water-based, or oil-based? Still only about
15 degrees out there, so I don't really wanna drag the hose out today.
Should I spray the spots down with 409 or something, until the weather
breaks? Any helpful hints from anyone who has BTDT would be greatly
(And no, not a clue who would do that to me- I lead a very quiet life, and
don't recall pissing anyone off lately...)
I don't have experience with paintball paint stains, but in general I
wouldn't let anything sit on the siding for too long. The sun has a
tendency to bake things on. I'd break out a bucket of hot water and a
scrub brush on a broom handle and have at it.
Thanks for the ideas, everyone. I got out there before the direct sun could
bake it, and much to my suprise, the paint was still liquid, almost like
mustard jello. Guess the cold worked in my favor, and kept it from flowing.
Putty knife for the thick spots, wipe with a paper towel, 2nd wipe with a
towel and Goop hand cleaner (all I had handy), and almost all the stains are
gone. You can still see traces, but the place is due for painting this sumer
anyway, and it doesn't really show from the street any more.
Guess I need to start leaving the motion lights on the garage on, in spite
of all the false positives from tree branches and passing traffic.
(wall-mounted sconces, so no way to re-aim.)
Except that I wouldn't scrub at all unless and until it was clear that
it was needed. You don't wan tthat part of th ehouse to be cleaner
than the rest.
I haven't done paintball for a long time, but everything washed out of
my clothes. easily iirc. It's not supposed to need soap or
scrubbing, and if anything they should have improved that aspect of
the paint by now, because if they say it will wash out and it doesn't,
everyone will be annoyed (excpet stupid teenagers.)
I would never use goof off for example because that is almost sure to
leave a clean-stain. Then you'll have to do the whole house.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
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