Steel Construction = Rust on Vehicles

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by pray4surf, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. pray4surf

    pray4surf Guest

    Quick overview: I work in an SoCal industrial park, next door a business is
    expanding and the construction is steel frame. Work is being done as high as
    3 stories up.

    Here's my dilemma: since the steel work has begun, I've noticed pinpoint
    spots of rust, literally hundreds on the horizontal surfaces of the two
    vehicles I drive to work (One a Honda). Additionally, every white car (both
    mine are white) or light colored car that parks in the same vicinity
    exhibits the same malady. This is the only commonality amongst the vehicles

    I suspect that this rust is do to the steel work being done. The workers are
    cutting and grinding three stories up, and it is my belief that the
    prevailing winds carry the steel 'dust' over our parking lot, where it gets
    deposited on the vehicles and when it gets exposed to moisture, it begins to

    I initially noticed this last weekend when I washed the cars. In order to
    remove the rust I literally had to clay-bar and polish the paint. I only did
    a small portion until I had a chance to evaluate the problem.

    If this was overspray from a painter, I think that the contractor would be
    liable for the damages to others private property. Is this any different?
    Other than the fact that this can be much more insidious and damaging...

    If I choose to confront the contractor, any suggestions on how best to
    approach this? Points against me is the lack of actual proof. I really have
    no way of knowing that this is the sole cause. It's not like my paint
    analogy because I don't have specks of paint the same color. Points for me
    is the widespread 'coincidence' of multiple vehicles with the same damage.
    These vehicles have nothing in common except parking in the same lot as I
    do. Other vehicles parked not downwind are not affected.

    I guess this just pisses me off, Keeping my vehicles clean and looking good
    is time consuming enough without having the additional burden of repairing
    damage caused by others...

    No, I'm not looking for a financial windfall, I'd simply like the contractor
    pay for the damage he has caused. It could get quite expensive for him if
    'everyone' were to file similar claims...

    Your advice?

    pray4surf, Jan 25, 2004
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  2. pray4surf

    M.C. Tee Guest

    try talking to your employer first, they may contact the contracter and have
    everything repaired, better then doing it alone
    M.C. Tee, Jan 25, 2004
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  3. pray4surf

    pray4surf Guest

    : try talking to your employer first, they may contact the contracter and
    : everything repaired, better then doing it alone
    What's going to work out in my favor is my employers personal vehicle (an
    Mercedes) is also exhibiting this rust. He doesn't appear to be concerned
    :-(. Although the contractor doesn't know this..)

    pray4surf, Jan 26, 2004
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    tflfb Guest

    I get the same thing from the railroad which is about a mile from my job.
    They can't control the direction in which the air blows. Its called rail
    dust in my case.

    tflfb, Jan 26, 2004
  5. pray4surf

    jim Guest

    you keep your car nice, you use bar clay on it also.. well the bar clay
    gets off the metal chips that stay on the car, but it also rubs then
    against the paint.. this is why you have rust..... a neighbor of mine
    would be out in the front of his house just about every day when he
    bought the last of the big T-birds.. always polishing it.. it was
    maroon.. nice car. the rag was always maroon from him rubbing the paint
    off of it... eventually he had to get it painted.. he removed all the
    old paint with his polishing rag.... the best thing to do is get a
    bucket of water or hose off the car.....
    jim, Jan 26, 2004
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