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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Can anyone help with advice? A petrol station attendant spilled a large
volume of petrol on my new Altis car. No one seemed to know what to do, and I
am worried the paint work is ruined. Please help if you know what may happen
as I need to go after the station for recompense.All advice on effects of the
petrol( unleaded95) appreciated.
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
If you have washed the gas off, everything should be fine.

Obviously, one does not want to spend a lifetime of spilling gasoline on the
side of the car, but it is safe to think that the automakers will consider
that gas might be spilled from time to time, and develop paint formulas that
can withstand this kind of mishap. Clean with soap and water, and move on.
You car probably has clear coat on it, and you might not even need to apply
wax. Having said that, a wax application under the filler door couldn't hurt
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"ALTIS" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> Can anyone help with advice? A petrol station attendant spilled a large
> volume of petrol on my new Altis car. No one seemed to know what to do,
> and I
> am worried the paint work is ruined. Please help if you know what may
> happen
> as I need to go after the station for recompense.All advice on effects of
> the
> petrol( unleaded95) appreciated.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
In article <[email protected]>
[email protected] "Jeff Strickland" writes:

> If you have washed the gas off, everything should be fine.
>
> [...] Clean with soap and water, and move on. [...]


AIUI, the soap and water is more likely to damage the car than is
the petrol spill: unless the soap is washed off carefully, it can
get into crevices and there act as wetting agent, keeping things
damp longer (promoting rust) than would happen with plain water.

That is why I try to wash my cars with plain water, removing any
persistent tar or grease by kitchen tissue dampened with white
spirit (which ISTR goes by another name in the USA -- thin, oily,
colourless, volatile, liquid hyrdocarbon, commonly used to clean
paint brushes).

Given that white spirit never seems to harm my cars' paintwork
(and I typically have kept them for 8-10 years), as Jeff pointed
out, petrol is unlikely to either.
--
Andrew Stephenson
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Spilling petrol while filling is not an uncommon thing - just wash it off with
water straightaway and all is well


David

ALTIS wrote:

> Can anyone help with advice? A petrol station attendant spilled a large
> volume of petrol on my new Altis car. No one seemed to know what to do, and I
> am worried the paint work is ruined. Please help if you know what may happen
> as I need to go after the station for recompense.All advice on effects of the
> petrol( unleaded95) appreciated.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Too bad it was not 87 octane. ;)

mike hunt


"ALTIS" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> Can anyone help with advice? A petrol station attendant spilled a large
> volume of petrol on my new Altis car. No one seemed to know what to do,
> and I
> am worried the paint work is ruined. Please help if you know what may
> happen
> as I need to go after the station for recompense.All advice on effects of
> the
> petrol( unleaded95) appreciated.
 
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