Hot Mess

Today’s temperatures in Middle Tennessee were nearly record-breaking.

My Jeep’s reading…

At 6:35 PM.  I don’t even want to think about what the temperature was in the early afternoon.

Somehow, I did not melt.

Today was my day off so I had a lot of things to do, including cleaning up a situation in my car.

Earlier in the day, I opened my car door and saw an unusual brightness on the floor.

What is that?!?

Oh my word.  What IS that!?

Oh dear.  It’s…

…PAINT!

You know those moments you have when you remember thinking to yourself, “I should really do this so that doesn’t happen” but then you don’t end up doing this and that happens?

Well this was one of those moments.

Even though the thought had crossed my mind to take this sample pint of paint out of my car, I left it in the car and the heat (I suppose) caused the lid to pop open and spill ALL OVER MY CAR.

Wonderful.

What better way to spend a sweltering day than trying to clean paint out of the carpet in your car?!

After the panic subsided, I called a car detailer, who told me that he probably couldn’t get the paint out of the carpet so it wasn’t even worth me bringing my car over for him to look at it.

Great.

Fabulous.

Super.

So, after a few deep breaths, I went and bought some carpet cleaner.

Now the good thing about it being 104+ degrees as I was cleaning my car was that the paint remained liquid underneath the initial layer of skin that had formed.

The bad thing about it being 104+ as I was cleaning my car was that I was cleaning my car.  That, and the paint that was not still liquid was very much stuck to the carpet in my car.

The carpet cleaner did not work the magic I had hoped it would.

My next thought was to try paint thinner.  But then I remembered that paint thinner is highly flammable and that is probably not the best idea on a day with triple digit temperatures.

Alas, though I was able to pull up some of the paint, my car floor is still a wreck.  Anybody have an idea for me?

(listen to that voice in my head next time…)

I feel like there must be some old school trick to this like peanut butter or lard or something.

My car is one hot mess.

Y’all keep cool,

Sugarlump

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8 thoughts on “Hot Mess

  1. Emily, use ice cubes and let it get hard and dry then you can pretty much peel it off. Hopefully, you didn’t scrub it into the nap of the carpet.Good luck!

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  2. Honestly, I saw the close up and the first thought through my mind was ‘strike a match and just collect the insurance, that thing ain’t ever coming out!’. Once my little girl spilled a sippy cup of milk all over the back seat. I somehow didn’t notice until there was a curious curdled, sour odor emanating my way. I was smelling that for quite some time, too, despite my best efforts!

  3. Oooohhh no! But I have to admit I laughed at this:

    “You know those moments you have when you remember thinking to yourself, “I should really do this so that doesn’t happen” but then you don’t end up doing this and that happens?”

    …because I do that ALL.THE.TIME! Oy vey. Wish I had advice for ya, girl. Good luck!

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