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If its deep enough that merely wiping it doesn't remove it, the scuff is deeper than just the very top surface of your paint. First, try Meguiars Scratch-x with a microfiber cloth. Rub it in. Try two or three passes to see if this removes the scuff mark. Doing so by hand won't remove any of your paint unless its been compromised (cracked, flaking, ...


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Pillars are vertical supports on a vehicle. They are located around all the glass on an automobile. They are important for holding glass in place and adding structural integrity to a vehicle, primarily the roof. The "A" pillar holds the windshield in place. Take a look at this representation. "B" pillars start at the end of the first door. They usually ...


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I think the main disadvantage of Fibreglass (aka Glass Reinforced Plastic or GRP) is that it cracks and breaks in an impact, rather than deforming and absorbing energy like metal does - so a GRP bodied car would still need an internal crash structure to protect the occupants, removing a lot of the advantages. British Reliant cars (particularly the ...


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Pros Lightweight. Does not rust. Does not get dents. Cons Breaks/cracks if bent too much. Is not as durable as metal. Can deform with heat.


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The major reason is probably cost. Steel panels need expensive tooling to produce them, but once an investment has been made in that tooling the panels can be produced rapidly and cheaply. Drop in a flat sheet of steel and a few seconds later you have a shaped panel. With GRP the tooling is relatively cheap, but it takes a long time to produce a panel from ...


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Definitely worry about the quote including blending in of the paint (or the lack thereof). With metallic paint, if you only paint the panel that is getting replaced, you will be able to see that the panels seem to be a different color under certain light because the reflection of the metallic particles in the paint occurs at a different angle between the ...


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Clean the stickers and the immediate surroundings using a strong solution of car all purpose cleaner and water or car shampoo (without wax!) and water. Warm the sticker with a hairdryer or a hot air gun to about 30 degrees Celcius. Start peeling of the sticker gently, you might want to use some thing plastic tool like a plastic putty knife of an ATM card or ...


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Regular washing and waxing is your best bet. We kept our cars in one piece through the Rochester, NY winters with nothing more than this. The wax provides a sacrificial protective coating for the painted parts of the body. You can apply wax to your wheels as well. As a bonus, the brake dust will be easier to wash off of a waxed wheel. Then wash, wash, ...


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Before you do anything else, try some goo-gone. This should remove any paint from the other vehicle, without affecting the paint on your car. (If you're really concerned about it affecting your paint, you could try it in a small, inconspicuous area, but I've done this on a number of cars with no ill effects). If after removing the paint, you can still see ...


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Wash off the salt whenever possible. Inspect the car regularly (especially in locations where salt and water can get trapped). Repair any noticable damage immediately (damaged paint, damaged undercoating, etc). Set aside some spare funds in the anticipation of such repairs. My experience is that body panels don't rust, it's the strut towers, floor, and ...


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Is there ever a case where only one would need to be replaced? Sure: rust will kill anything but it does tend to start at a point of entry and spread. It could kill one strut before it dissolves the rest of the car. Likewise, a side or corner impact could bend a single strut. how can I test which one needs replacing if this is the case? Realistically, ...


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Bodywork is something that cannot be rushed. While others are suggesting chemicals that may be suited for this application, it is not necessarily going to be a solution to your problem. The most important part of bodywork/painting is preparation and cleanliness. I cannot stress this enough. When applying bondo, fibreglass, spot putty, primer, paint, ...


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From a technical service bulletin regarding the 2014 Subaru's: If you receive a customer concern of a “beep- beep-beep” sound when trying to operate the PRG, a likely cause is an incomplete initialization procedure. Repair Procedure: With the ignition “OFF”, open the PRG manually using a fluid motion (no light flash or beep should occur). ...


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I would use epoxy primer to start. You can then spray paintable undercoat on your frame, underbody. They come in various forms as depicted in the image below. You may also use a rocker guard type product as shown. To my personal taste, I would seal with epoxy primer, rubberized undercoat, and then oil undercoating to protect even further. Application ...


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I like to refer to those as eyebrows, and in the specific image you posted, they are to add some stiffening and down force to the center of the bra so the flat edge against the hood doesn't flap around in the wind. Since there is nothing to fasten the center of the bra to, the designers had to resort to aerodynamic forces to keep it in place.


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The dealerships I worked at would take it off at the request of the customer. It's simple you're the customer and the salesman isn't going to lose a sale over the sticker. If you have already bought the car or just aren't comfortable asking them to do it you can DIY by following this post.


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Chopped and channeled refers to two different things, but are usually done together to create a specific look usually utilized by hot rodders. Here is a decent attempt at a Photoshop "chop job" (pun intended), but it is a pretty good representation of a before and after of what it would look like: In this image you can see the top is lowered. The basic ...


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What is a Pillar There are three main types of pillar when referring to the design of a car - A, B and C. The A pillars on your car hold either side of the front windscreen in place. They are the ones you see as you look straight at the car from the front. B pillars start where the driver and passenger-side windows end as you look backward along the length ...


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The main thing I look for when I am picking any service provider is reputation. Usually you can find a provider that is recommended by their customers. For custom car wraps I would look for quality of the designs and the wrap itself. I would also look for durability. As for the application of the wrap, http://roadragedesigns.com/installation.html has ...


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You could try auto detailing clay (aka clay bar). It is a slightly abrasive clay material that is used to remove surface contaminants. This is the most gentle (non-chemical) solution you can try. Admittedly, it may be too gentle for this. If that doesn't work, you may have to step up to liquid polish. You can technically use a fine grained sandpaper on ...


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Only an old-time expert bodyman could fix those dents with traditional techniques like hammer and dolly and heat to shrink the metal. However, the amount of skill and experience needed is on the order of master craftsman, not novice. A modern pro would replace the door or re-skin it. To answer your question, your best bet is to hammer down the high-spots ...


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It has been my experience that the gas struts are similar to headlights. Occasionally one will fail early, but most of the time the second unit fails shortly after the first. If only one side is replaced it will take the load of the weaker side. This causes it to wear prematurely as it is carrying more than half the load. Also remember that any extra weight ...


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I would believe most body shops will do the work with you bringing them the parts. I recently had to replace the bumper on my Mo-n-Law's car. I bought one online, took it to the body shop, they painted it, and I brought it home and installed it. They charged me a set price for getting it painted. There was no issue with them doing this. Since you said the ...


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They simply pop off. Gently pry them off, the spring holding it on the ball is internal. EDIT: (Adding some descriptive pics for Larry) Place a large flat tip screwdriver where the red arrow is at. In the image below, the green flat piece is the screwdriver. Place one side of it at the base of the post. Place the other at on the rod. Twist it as shown ...


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The manufactures take several steps to prevent corrosion. Zinc coating to the bare steel at the steel mil metal treatment electrodeposition coating (E-coat) seam sealers chip-resistant coatings Top Coats Undercoating Here is an illustration form Axalta Shinto Coating Systems BMW as a video on this page that shows the whole painting process. Nothing ...


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Don't accept "no" for an answer. The company you are dealing with has a lifetime warranty on their repairs: Because Caliber places such importance on the high quality of our materials and workmanship, we are confident in our repairs. That’s why we back all of our repair work with a written lifetime warranty. If there’s ever something in relation to ...


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3M Weatherstrip adhesive is the way to go. I assume you've checked to ensure that it originally was glued, and not clipped in. Some rubber gaskets use small plastic pins inserted into a hole in the rubber that snap into the door.


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A VIN derivative on a bumper? Really? I find that hard to believe. Even if it's true, no offense, but really, who is going to check for matching numbers on a Ford Focus? Even if they did, they're going to check the engine and transmission, not the bumper. What they are going to check is the CarFax that is going to show the accident, at that point whether ...


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To you question of finding which body shop is better. If everything was equal I would always pick an independent body shop over a dealer. In my experience dealers typically are overpriced and don't show as much care for a vehicle. For your situation, I would suggest looking for reviews of both places. Look at the addresses in Google Maps and see if ...


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Most do, yes - It is free advertising for them. Round here it is usually a sticker in the rear window, but I have seen some dealers put something on the back panel. They also put their details on the licence plate (a legal requirement in the UK for anyone supplying plates) I suspect that if you asked them not to, the sales person would say "Yeah, sure", ...



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