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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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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 range....


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You can use this method to pull certain types of dents. Here is one method to resolve the dent issue. Dent Pulling glue these plastic ding tabs to the center of the dent. You can find them by googling "plastic ding tab" You will use a hot glue gun and hot glue them to your dent. Use a dent puller slide hammer. The tip should screw into the plastic ...


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Paintless dent removal will not cause any long term side effects to your paint. The only effects to the paint would be if whatever caused the original dent caused damage to the paint. Paintless dent repair relies on metal memory and the ability of metal to hold a position. Metal panels can usually take a certain amount of deformity and will reform without ...


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tl dr: It isn't necessary, but it improves the quality of the polish/wax job. "Claying" (otherwise known as using a clay bar or detailing clay), is a means by which to remove contaminants from the finish of your vehicle which washing alone will not remove. The clay bar creates a shearing action, which basically cuts the contaminants off of the clear coat, ...


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For the sake of putting answers on questions... The WD-40 Website lists 100's of uses for the product and one of them is actually: Removes adhesive tape without damaging factory paint. So, it sounds like that advice is good. I second DucatiKiller's comment about Goo Gone or similar "citrus" cleaners. I've had good luck with them on automotive paint. ...


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tl;dr: if you are new to cut and polishes, I would recommend starting with mild cleaner wax by hand. From looking at your pictures, you don't have major paint damage. More importantly, I don't think anything in those pictures is something that will polish out as such. My recommendation if you are super new to this is to start small and easy. Many vendors ...


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I use a cheap $60 (over the internet) ultrasound emitter that triggers on motion, and shuts off within 15 seconds of no motion. I have one in the front yard and one in the backyard. Works on dogs, cats, squirrels and some birds. One negative thing is they cannot tolerate the rain and humidity of central Florida at all. I have to bring them inside if it is ...


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There are products which can remove it for you. Here is an example, though I don't know if it will specifically not damage painted surfaces, as it states it is for hard surfaces. I know there are also some wipes out there which will do the same. Of course, once the latex is dried, it becomes much harder to remove. You'll also need to consider ...


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The likely cause is that the paint was applied too thin per coat or the nozzle was too far away. A coat thick enough to get a glossy sheen is seen but not too thick that runs develop is the proper technique. Practice on a similar surface is suggested. To fix it, sand the surface back to smooth with 600 grit sandpaper and then re-spray with three coats about ...


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Yes, you did indeed apply an abrasive "compound". Polish materials come in coarse and finer grits just like sandpaper. To polish scratches left by a polish of a course grit finer grits are used to polish out the deeper scratches. The good news the clearcoat can, very likely, be restored to a normal smooth surface shine. You have two options: You can take ...


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The paintwork looks like it's suffering from orange peel. It may be that you need more or thicker coats on it. To get a nice shiny finish from what you have you effectively need to flatten out the outer surface of the paint finish. There are a few ways to do this. As stated previously, cutting paste can be quite effective but may take quite a long time. ...


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A photograph of the scratches would help immensely here are light scratches and damage in the paint can be removed with just abrasives such as T-Cut or Rubbing Compound. The bumper will only rust if it's metal and most modern cars use plastic bumpers. If you were to get the panel professionally painted, the painter would not simply paint over the scratches ...


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Yes, you should try to remove it as soon as possible. When a bug is smashed into the front of your car all of its guts are allowed to mix together. Most bugs will result in an acidic goop that sticks to your car. You can see it on your windshield, but you won't see it very well on your front grille until the damage starts to accumulate. This acid will etch ...



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