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Place a cardboard box next to your car. If science has told us anything, it is "if they fits, then they sits".


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Just as it is common for people to hang plastic owls in trees to scare off birds, you must scare away the cats with a natural fear. As a popular YouTube video illustrates, cats have a very real fear of Cucumbers. Now I'm not suggesting that Cucumbers are a natural enemy of cats, or that you place cucumbers all over your car. Extrapolating the color and ...


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Put catnip on the hood of a neighboring car...


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If you do not want cats (whether stray or otherwise) on your vehicle, conceal it either in a garage or car cover. They can get the car cover as dirty as they want to, but they will not get it onto the vehicle itself. While you say it is impractical, what's more impractical, washing your car every other day or taking two minutes to take the cover off and put ...


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A little easier to do than building your own. This should keep them away, just remember not to set it off yourself when you leave for work. Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Repellent 15 Reasons You Need A Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler Then put a few of these in a safe (dry) location.


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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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Sometimes cats will seek out the highest vantage point, so you could try providing a higher perch in the near vicinity (but make sure your car isn't a direct spring-board to the new perch). Perhaps wrap the perch with twine/rope, newspaper, paper bags, cardboard boxes, computer keyboards with fake hands on them, catnip, or other stuff cats like to trample. ...


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There are devices on the market that emit ultrasonic waves that drive cats away. From https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_repeller#Ultrasonic_devices: Many retailers sell devices which exploit the discomforting effects of in-air ultrasound. These devices are usually combined with a motion sensor which is triggered by movement within the sensors ...


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I think the real problem is them getting in it If you have left your windows open at night and have the joy of cat urine in your car you will understand. If you have heard of story of a cat climbing into an engine compartment at night to stay warm, you will understand. Cat Repellent There are quite a few products that can repel cats, natural and ...


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tl;dr: Even if you only use spray wax after a wash, it's better than nothing. It depends on where you live, what kind of driving you do and how you generally maintain your car. The short answer is that waxing a car puts a sacrificial layer on top of the clear coat which sits on top of the paint (assuming that you have a generally standard paint job). ...


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For most practical purposes, it's done for cosmetic reasons. One might prefer to use black over silver for better heat dissipation but the motivation is almost always going to be to enhance appearance. In cast iron blocks, the paint can act as a means of rust prevention.


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I didn't see this suggested so I thought it would be interesting. If you have keyless entry you could always look into wiring a train horn to your car. For example, United Pacific Economy Horns on Summit: anytime you saw a cat near or around your car you could hit lock and it would fire the horn and send them through the sky. If you don't have an ...


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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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Aim a light sprinkler on your car. Cats don't like slippery surfaces and most dislike water (especially when they are trying to relax)


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Are you a software guy? Check out the Kurt Grandis video below. Kurt built a Robotic Squirt Gun to keep Squirrels out of his Bird Feeder. Its a way cool project. I think that would work even better for cats on the car. I'm wondering if you can squirt the cats before they get to the car, but that depends on where its parked, etc... I guess you could also ...


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The manufacture provides a warranty on the paint and corrosion, and what they're selling you usually doesn't extend that. All of the dealers I have worked at sold some kind of paint protection and rust protection. The paint protection was a wax job, a good one no less, but a wax job that you could get at a high quality detail shop for about $150, but they ...


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You can try putting cayenne pepper on & around your car, maybe mixed with a little water so it doesn't blow away. That's supposed to work well to keep animals out of a garden or flowerbed There are motion activated air sprayers like this PetSafe Ssscat Cat Spray Control System that should be great to put by your wipers or wherever area of the car ...


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Just for further elaboration, do you mean a line between your new coat of paint and the previous coat of paint? Is it possible you supply a picture please? Over time, the original paint of a vehicle fades and oxidises. Barring extreme cases, this process is usually not noticeable unless there is a new coat of paint to compare it to. The cut-off lines you ...


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Most dealers offer these coatings and protectants and they are little more than wax (if anything). I always tell the dealer that I don't want any of these coatings and I won't pay for them. They always take the charge off. There's nothing out there that will keep your finish looking great except regular maintainence. I spent 8 years in the auto body ...


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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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You are looking for a mask to filter particulates, an N95 HEPA mask or should be sufficient, they are usually pink or purple in color. You are correct that a dust mask is insufficient. If you have a beard, or as I do just think these are more comfortable then you can use a PAPR (pronounced papper) or Powered Air Purifying Respirator. Here are some examples ...


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You're off to a good start - research, research, research. 1.) I would add; being able to lift the car off the ground, and having movable platforms - to keep your work at a comfortable level, as much as possible. The more light you can get on the job, the better - however, it would be safer to have the fixtures outside the plastic/paint area. Just like all ...


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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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It is mainly for aesthetics. Something else it can do for you is to allow you to see when you have a leak. I've seen blocks painted white for this reason. Something you didn't mention was whether you are talking about painting the outside or the inside of the engine. If done right, painting the inside of the engine can result in oil returning faster to ...


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Cats like sunshine and warm surfaces. Rinse the car with cold water to keep the temperature down, make sure you park in the shade and then hope. Me, I just live with the paw prints.


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Old fashioned stimulus response might do the trick. The cat probably won't like the clunky noise your auto-unlock makes (if your car has this feature). If you wait until the cat is on your car then unlock the doors and repeat this over a few days, then the cats might not like your car so much.


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There are "sticker removers" specifically for automotive use that should be able to soften the residue so you can get it off. I also had reasonable success with Autoglym tar remover. In either case, make sure you're using something that's safe on automotive paintwork.


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Yes, they do work for what they're intended (removing contamination on the paint, overspray etc) and no, as far as I know they're not the same as pottery clay but have some other ingredients in them. Rubbing pottery clay on your car will more or less give you the same result as rubbing sand on it... Keep in mind that using a clay bar only make sense as part ...


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With any paint, there will be a degree of fading and yellowing from the UV radiation present in sunlight. If you look at old cars which have been left in the sun, they look uneven in colour and often quite faded. This is normally repaired by cutting away the "dead" and faded layer of paint. With modern paints this effect is reduced compared to older ...


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The clear coat is peeling and there is no cheap do at home product that will yield satisfactory results.The hood needs to be professionally refinished.The minor scratches may come out with a rubbing compound that is applied like regular paste wax.



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