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Drivers: Botched paint job splatters vehicles on mountain road

Drivers say a crew painted the yellow center line along a section of Wayah Road Saturday night in the Nantahala community. But they say the road was too wet and temperatures too cold for the paint to stick. The result was many vehicles getting splashed in yellow paint. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Drivers in a Macon County community say a crew botched a paint job on a narrow mountain road, leaving yellow paint all over their cars.

They say a crew painted the yellow center line along a section of Wayah Road Saturday night in the Nantahala community. But they say the road was too wet and temperatures too cold for the paint to stick.

“It's hard. It's crusty. And it's set up on my car. I can't get it off in a car wash,” Amy Taylor said.

They also say the crew did not post "wet paint" signs or put up cones. The result was many vehicles getting splashed in yellow paint.

“When the sun goes down, the temperature drops, and paint has to have a certain temperature to dry,” said Steve Cochran, whose wife’s car was splashed in the paint.

“Somebody is going to pay for it, but I'm not paying for it. I didn't do this. And I don't think anybody else in the community is going to plan on paying for their car to be fixed, either,” Taylor said.

“It was DOT’s responsibility to make sure that things were done properly and correctly,” Cochran said.

The DOT said the work done by Roadmark Corporation doesn't meet DOT standards. Roadmark said it will work with the DOT to make things right.

Anyone who wants to make a claim can call Roadmark at 919-596-5055.

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