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Metal shavings on my car! Please help!


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Tonight, I hit my garage door opener to get inside, and I heard the dreaded sound of my garage door getting off track, and it stopped raising (turns out the cables are broken). My Camaro was inside, as usual, and when I went to examine it to make sure nothing damaged it during the garage door fiasco, I noticed that there are tiny metal shavings on the trunk and roof. I guess it's from the cable snapping above it. I'm assuming the best way to get that off with no damage is to let the water hose lightly rinse them off (meaning I shouldn't use my sprayer or any water pressure), and then a full wash? My car is properly waxed, so I'm not overly concerned about the shavings damaging the finish as long as I remove them correctly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Might try blowing them off. If they are just small shavings and you have waxes/sealants layered I doubt any damage will be done gently rinsing or blowing them off as long as no pressure is applied to them towards the paint.

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Thanks for the replies, guys. I actually tried blowing them off, but they're so tiny, they just kind of sit there when I put the blower on them. The metal fragments are so small, it's almost like metal "dust". It's sort of hard to explain, really. I'm going to rinse them tonight after the door gets fixed and hopefully that will work out alright. Thanks again for the replies.

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As a side note, do you have safety cables running through the inside of your springs? This would prevent the springs from bouncing off the car when the cables broke. Ask me how I know this...

Noted....I just replaced my springs last weekend, but have not installed the safety cables in them.  Will do that when I get home!

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Thanks, guys. It already has safety cables, which is what saved my car, I guess. I do have a further problem now, though. The tech came to examine the door, and it's the spring (and cables) that are broken. As a result, he could only shut the door for me until Monday when he will be back with the parts. Therefore, I can't get my car out of the garage until Monday night. Is there anything I can do in the meantime? I have a full bottle of waterless wash, a gallon of detail spray, and just about everything else, but I can't get the hose in the garage to wash it off. I'm concerned that leaving those metal fragments on the car for that long might damage my finish. I've worked so hard at keeping it perfect, I'd be really upset if this ended up causing permanent damage. Thanks in advance.

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If you think about all the crap that peppers your car every day on the windshield and front end (including metal shavings I'm sure) trust me you won't damage the car.

 

Pre soak the car with Rinseless diluted so it can encapsulate and lubricate the paint, and then either pressure washer or coin op.

 

We recently had our roof replaced at work and I had small metal pieces that wouldn't blow off (looked like rust dust) and I did this and no damage was inflicted.

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