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Scatches in a cars protective paint layer on the outside of the vehicle.

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Clear Coat too thin

Painted car hood. Applied Clearcoat from a spray can. The clear coat was applied too thin, not applied wet. Can I apply more clear coat? Do I need to sand? The last application of clear was two weeks ...
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How can I tell how deep a paint scratch is and if it has reached the metal?

While driving the other evening, I heard a big thunk. When I got home, I saw that my rear passenger door has a big scratch on it (3" long, 1/8" wide) in the middle of the door. Also the ...
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What are these wiggly lines on the car paint and windshield?

I'm looking to identify this occurrence but I'm unsure if this is completely on topic here, since this is not my vehicle, and I'm not exactly looking for repairs. I'd just like to find out what caused ...
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Hatchback door...paint scratch...what is the best option to fix?

Someone in my family opened the hatch while it was parked in the garage. When the hatch raised up the fender hit part of the garage door assembly. Now there are scratches (please see photo). I ...
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Repairing bumper scratch

I have scratches on both sides of my bumper. They are invisible while standing. Thus, they don't need to be perfect. Can I fix it myself?
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What happened to the paint on my 2014 Toyota Prius V? Is there a way I can DIY repair it?

Backed into a pole at very low speed, compressed bumper slightly, which caused this tearing in the paint job of a black Toyota 2014 Prius V. I didn't even know that this was possible, but I want to ...
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Milky cloudy clear coat after rattle can spray

Went to clear coat my headlights after I sanded and removed all the yellow oxidation. Final sanding before applying clear coat was with 3000 grit. The temperature inside the garage was ~59F. ...
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Why does the car drying towel I bought have a rough side and a soft side, can both sides be used for drying the car?

I bought this drying towel: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Microfibre-perfect-streak-free-vehicles-04512000/dp/B09NBSWQSY/ but I find that it has a soft side that can be used to dry the car body, but it ...
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PDR glue removal taking flecks of paint with it. Any way to avoid?

I've got a 34 year old car. I bought a PDR kit to remove some minor dents. It's working but removing the glue is taking a few flecks of paint with it. Is this to do with the age of the car? Or is ...
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Paint codes are approximate?

I recently took my 2019 F-150 to a detailer to have a scratch touched up. The truck is plain white. When it comes back the place where the scratch was is clearly visible because the paint used by the ...
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What could cause these scratches on the rear hatch?

I noticed some weird scratches on a part of a car which is not on the exterior. There are similar scratches on both sides: What could have caused this?
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Fixing Scratched Car Door

My girlfriend parked her car and scratched. So we have a bunch of scratches on the right rear. Pictures attached. It's a company car, she's very stressed out, pregnant and working too much and doesn't ...
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How can I find out the exact colour for my car? [duplicate]

I have a couple of cars with some paint damage. Neither have custom paint jobs. Is there a website where I can find the exactly colour match based on the stock colours for cars based on make, model ...
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Scratches on wheel

I have a leased car for work and the wheel got scratched against the curb. Is there a way to get these scratches out of the wheel? I am quite worried. Thank you for your help! Kaitlin
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Whats the best way to clean this wheel up?

I purchased this wheel on ebay because I was instructed it was balanced, but needed to be cleaned. The seller told me it was a mix of body filler from the orange-red,chrome still on it and the black ...
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Why can't I match car color even after six coats of the same color code paint?

I had many scratches on my Honda and I have decided to paint it myself. I have sanded with 300 then 600 grit and applied a layer of primer. All good. I looked at the color code on the sticker and it ...
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Parking damage - scraped wall or car?

I just realized in a public parking garage that my (new) car is pretty badly scratched. To the best of my knowledge, I didn't scratch, scrape or touch a wall/pollard or even a car. Is it possible to ...
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Paint is cracking and showing lines, like dried mud

4 years ago, after repainting my 1980 Chrysler LeBaron, I'm seeing many lines appear in the paint. These lines appear all over, but especially around corners, and much more on flat, upright facing ...
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How to do an amateur repair of a tiny ding on my almost new car?

I recently bought an almost new car, a dealer demo with 5,500 miles on it. It was pristine when I got it. However, the car being unfamiliar to me, I lightly made contact with a bench at the edge of ...
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326 Artic White Spray Paint

I have a Nissan Leaf 2018, my paint colour code is 326 (inner door code) my receipt for the car states it's a "special solid - artic white". The dealer has checked and has confirmed it's a 326 colour ...
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Bit of a disaster with a paint job

Basically had a bit of an dent in my car when i brought it and I wanted to fix it up. I filled the body in with filler which worked well and had brilliant results, but when it came to painting it, it ...
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Goof off or WD 40 to remove paint transfer on car bumper?

Some idiot rubbed against my bumper in parking and it appears that there is a paint transfer on my bumper. I have read certain threads on how to remove such transfers. Some people recommend Goof Off, ...
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What causes this scratch?

I have a Maruti White Baleno car. Today I left my car for servicing. They have did exterior dry cleaning, oil change etc. I see horizontal marks on back left fender (Attached screenshot) What might ...
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Where can I find my car's colour code?

I'm currently shopping around for a touch-up pen to repair some very light scratches on my car. I've found out that our local hardware automotive store can mix the exact colour for any vehicle. ...
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How did this fairing get a scratch here? [closed]

I had just purchased this bike a couple of weeks before, however I just noticed this scratch on my faring , on the left side near to the visor. Can anybody tell me how this occurred? And how can it be ...
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Ways to protect paintwork from minor damage?

Assuming you plan on actually using your car as the manufacturer intended minor damage to the paintwork is inevitable - bird droppings, stone chips, light scratches from people brushing past, "swirl ...
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How to fix scrapes and a small dent from other car

When I pulled into my drive I accidentally scraped the side of my wife's car and now there is a black line down it and some marks near the Fender. As well as a dent in my car. What is the best way to ...
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Why aren't these white lines disapearing?

I scraped a high kerb and this left some white lines\marks\scratch on my car. I wiped the area and then sprayed it repeatedly with black however the white lines are just not going. I also applied t-...
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What are the properties of a car painted using electrostatic coating?

When I was younger, I had a bike that I was told was chromed with electrostatic coating, and was very scratch resistant. So, I used a razor blade to scrape the stickers off of the bike. I didn't ...
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What could possibly attack the paint like this?

All of a sudden, after I took my 2009 VW Golf to a car wash, I noticed some places where the paint started going off... I doubt it is from the washing. I suspect that gum from the apricot tree from ...
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if you can't see rust, you don't need primer?

I was watching a youtube video on repairing paint chips and the guy said 'if you cant see rust you don't need primer. However I notice that plastic(which doesn't develop rust) has primer layer on it. ...
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How best to repair numerous small chips and scratches that are starting to rust?

I've bought a 20yo car that is in generally good condition but for a few chips and scratches along the front (I'm guessing where rocks and gravel have been flicked up over the years). Most of them are ...
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Scratches - both light and deep

How on earth do I remove unsightly scratches from my paint work? There are plenty and are down to the white undercoat. How do I remedy them?
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How to make touch up paint less visible on gray car?

I used to have a red car and whenever I had small scratches, I could paint over it and it would be nearly invisible. Now I've got a gray car and when I paint over a scratch it's much more visible ...
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Can cats leave scratch marks on cars?

I live in an apartment complex with some stray cats. I have multiple sets of scratch marks on the side doors of my car. I am unsure if these are from cats or from someone keying my car. Is it possible ...
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Fixing rough door scratch?

How should I go about fixing this rough door scratch? Is sanding required? If so what sand paper should I use. What other materials would be needed? I'm new to car repairs but am willing to use any ...
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Removing scratches just using toothpaste?

I heard someone back in the bus said its possible to remove scratches in the body of vehicle just using the toothpaste.Is that true?
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What's the best way to re-paint only a corner section of a bumper?

I've got a bit of damage in the corner of my car's bumper I need to repaint. Would you repaint the whole bumper, or is there some way to 'fade off' the spray effectively?
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can a car be painted in a small area where there are some scratched? or we have to paint the whole side

Some paint is lost as my car slid into a post recently. Can I paint the definite portion where paint is lost, or do I have to paint the whole side?
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Paint of the door is peeling right after paint repair?

Just got my car from paint shop, driver and passenger doors were painted because of car accident. What could cause what can be seen on photos below? Poorly done work? I want to take car back to them, ...
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painting over bare metal

I recently backed my car into something which left me a scratch and some bare visible metal. I am in Canada where the seasons are extreme, and we are getting into winter and thus plenty of rain, snow, ...
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100 Scratches, easy fix?

My girlfriend parked her car (metalic blue Golf V) and took a piece of the solid pillar. So we have a bunch scratches on the left rear. It's about 100 tiny scratches, some are big, others smaler. Some ...
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What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

3M and other companies make numerous different types of foam pads (links are to 3M products), Compounding Finishing Buffing Polishing What's the difference between these types of pads? How do I use ...
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How to protect metal from scrape through the paint?

A rock from the road scraped my car's hood a while ago. I have not gotten around to fixing it until now. The paint was completely scraped away down to the bare metal. My first thought is to take a ...
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What caused these scratches [closed]

I cleaned my car yesterday and noticed two areas of new scratches, I'm confused as to what might have caused them. They are both on the rear bumper, one on the lip above and two on the face. They ...
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Minor scratching on plastic fender/skirt

I have minor scratching and smearing on the front skirt of my car which is the plastic part below the bumper. Is there a way to repair this without replacing the whole skirt? The image below shows ...
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What's the best body filler to paint a car

I want to fix some small scratches on my car can you give me some guidance on how I should proceed? These are my scratches. Rear bumper Door handle Front bumper. Here the plastic has a deep ...
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How can I fix the paint in my car?

My car has several types of paint issues that I worry that they might cause me big troubles in the future. I am looking for ways to solve these issues now so that I save some trouble in the future. ...
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Can polishing compound ruin my car's paint job?

I have my Mitsubishi lancer 2004 (silver) that was painted last year. Today I bought a polishing compound named http://www.abro.com/pc-310.html . I put a small amount of the polish on a cotton cloth,...
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Cheap diagnosis/repair of damaged fairing

There are already a number of answers regarding ways to fix small scratches in bodywork, but I'm not sure of the exact "nature" of the damage to the fairing of my motorbike: It's not my bike, though I ...