Types Of Overspray

How Does Paint Overspray Happen?

Crews Painting

Crews working on nearby water towers, buildings or stadiums begin painting utilizing spray guns.

Wind Carries Spray

Paint from spray guns becomes airborne and can travel several miles before landing on nearby surfaces

Paint Sticks To Vehicles 

Paint particulates land on vehicle paint and other surfaces and quickly begins to bind.

Paint Coatings and Linings

These materials are commonly used for corrosion protection and are usually applied by spray, brush or roller. Common types of coatings and linings are Epoxies, Urethanes, Alkyds and Acrylics

Industrial Fallout / Emissions

Plant operations create various types of emissions such as Petro Chemical by-products and Post Stack Combustion. Other manufacturing operations canproduce various types of emissions such as Fly ash, Coke and other chemical releases.

Roofing / Tar / Oil Deposits

Surfacing materials used on roofs such as Polyurethane Foam or Asphalt, Tar and Oil used on roadways are examples of these types of overspray.


Metal fabrication, railroad transportation, sandblasting and mining operations produce metal oxide by-products. These by-products, commonly referred to as rail dust, can rust after settling on the finish.

Cement / Mineral Deposits

Cement, salt, lime, calcium and other minerals may result in overspray damage to the paint finish and other surfaces if left untreated.

Acid Rain

Industrial pollutants and emissions drift into the air and may combine with rain, snow or morning dew to form acids. These diluted acids settle on the vehicle’s surface and as water evaporation occurs, the acid becomes of a higher concentration and may damage the surfaces leaving slight depressions or craters.