Yellow double-line paint splatters vehicles in Lower Burrell
By R.A. Monti
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
Marlene Frederick wasn't too pleased at the spattering of yellow paint she found on her brand-new Kia Soul on Tuesday afternoon when she pulled to the side of Craigdell Road.
Frederick of New Kensington said her 2013 crossover was sprayed with yellow paint when she was traveling down the hill on the road by the Trib Total Media Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
“It's all over,” she said. “Paint on my new car.”
Lower Burrell police said on Tuesday afternoon they had received “multiple” calls from motorists echoing Frederick's story.
Police said they were directing affected motorists to their personal insurance agencies and to PennDOT, because Craigdell Road is a state road.
PennDOT spokeswoman Valerie Petersen said she hadn't heard of any specific complaints about Craigdell Road.
“I can't verify for sure that crews were out there,” Petersen said. “But, more than likely, they were out in that general area. Our crews are trying to get all the painting in before the colder months.”
Petersen said that, if paint from PennDOT's crew got on cars, it was because drivers crossed over the lines that were being painted.
“Typically, what happens is you don't get paint on your vehicle unless you go over the line,” she said. “The trucks spray the paint at a specific width, it goes straight down to the ground.”
Petersen said that the paint normally takes about 3 minutes to completely dry on the road.
“There are normally four vehicles in the ‘paint train,' ” she said. “They move pretty slow.
“If you got paint on your car, it's not because the ‘paint train' sprayed it on you.”
Petersen said PennDOT has forms on its website that folks who get paint on their car can fill out in hopes of getting reimbursed for work done on their vehicle, although approval for payment isn't guaranteed.
“There are some home remedies that can get the paint off,” Petersen said. “If you go to one of the pressure-wash car washes right away, it can take the paint off.”
Petersen said putting petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, or lubricating oil, such as WD-40, on the paint and wiping it off with a soft cloth works as well.
Frederick said if she has to take her car to a body shop, she plans to file the appropriate paperwork to PennDOT in hopes of getting reimbursed for the work done.
Regardless of the remedy, Frederick said she wasn't expecting such a nuisance to occur while out running errands.
“It's just one of those days,” she said. “It's just been one, big headache.”
R.A. Monti is a freelance reporter for Trib Total Media.
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