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Old 12-02-10, 07:28 PM
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Removing Cement from a Car?

I don't drive my car frequently, maybe once a week, and when I went out today I was pleased to discover that cement had been splattered on the front of the car and dried there in hundreds of various sized droplets.

I read online that white vinegar and water can be used to remove cement. Has anyone ever successfully tried this? I don't have the hundreds of dollars a body shop would surely charge.
Old 12-02-10, 07:35 PM
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

How the hell did that happen?
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

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I was pleased to discover
So what's the problem?
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Cheapest (and funnest) thing to do is buy a bag of cement and finish the job. Post pics or make a video of it.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Originally Posted by Living Dead View Post
I read online that white vinegar and water can be used to remove cement.
This sounds like the premise for a great performance art piece. Anyone have any buildings they want removed, and can get an arts grant for it?
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Originally Posted by NORML54601 View Post
How the hell did that happen?
Construction was being done on this street sporadically all month by various contractors. One of them must have done it and not bothered to do anything about it. It would be useless to pursue them, since they'll just deny it, and I have no way of proving which construction company was responsible.

As far as the vinegar thing goes, it's just something I read in a few places, but I would be concerned that it would damage the paint. I called several body shops and their answers were all the same... "It has to be sanded and repainted." Considering it's on the hood, grille, fender and quarterpanels, I will not be able to afford to do that.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Some searching has yielded this: http://www.carcareproducts.com.au/pr...ment_dissolver

Reviews seem positive. If I strip the paint from my vehicle I'll be certain to post here so you can all laugh at my folly.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Can we skip a step and laugh at your folly now?
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Originally Posted by Suprmallet View Post
This sounds like the premise for a great performance art piece. ?
I think there was a episode of the Simpsons that had something like this.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Originally Posted by Suprmallet View Post
Can we skip a step and laugh at your folly now?
You might as well. A few more for everyone's enjoyment... Last year someone stole a tire off my car in a parking lot, the year before that someone smashed the windshield with a brick and left a note saying I shouldn't have hit their dog, and a few years farther back when I owned a different car someone carved a swastika into my hood and keyed the word "Jew" into the door.

The last two seemed like acts of vandalism toward a specific person, but they got the wrong car. I never hit anyone's dog and I'm not Jewish. I just have terrible luck.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Well, I certainly hope that you laughed at those things. In those situations, sometimes that's all you can do.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Mel Gibson is out to get you!
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

You could always throw little dabs of cement all over the car and make it an art project.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

I thought that you had this happen to you: http://www.snopes.com/love/revenge/concrete.asp
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Originally Posted by NORML54601 View Post
You could always throw little dabs of cement all over the car and make it an art project.
That's kind of what I did with the swastika years ago. I couldn't afford to fix it, but I couldn't just leave it since it probably would have invited further vandalism. So I took a screwdriver and connected the lines so that it looked like something else. It was still there the day I sold the car. But that car was an old piece of shit and this one is only 2 years old. I was pissed this morning but at this point I can't help but find it sadly funny that these things keep happening to me.

I ordered the cement remover online. I spent two hours calling local stores and no one carries it or even knew about it, so the prospects of it actually working are probably pretty low.

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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

I suspect Tracer Bullet.
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Sorry this happened. In any event - happy Chanukah!
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Here's a tip from someone who works with cement/concrete:

It cannot be dissolved. It is incredibly difficult to destroy. That's why so much of our infrastructure is built from it. That product they're selling you is crap. It's like someone giving you a book of matches and telling you to melt steel.

The shop is right; the only way to get it off is to sand it down. And sanding it down will take a long time, and will be incredibly difficult, because concrete is incredibly strong and hard. In 1000 years, when the rest of your car has rusted away to nothing, the concrete will still be there.
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Aren't we a little ray of sunshine!
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Paint the little drops to match your car.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

C'mon OP, let's have some pics!
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

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Paint the little drops to match your car.
This sounds like you best bet.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Originally Posted by numanoid View Post
c'mon op, let's have some pics!
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Ask your local mafia.
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Re: Removing Cement from a Car?

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
C'mon OP, let's have some pics!
The car is clean. Everything you see is cement. The big scratch in the last pic was also caused by the mystery contractor.

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An estimator is coming Monday. If the spray doesn't work (and I figure it won't), I might just let insurance take care of it if the rates won't go up.

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