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Questions about paintwork, including repairing damage, preparation and care for existing paintwork

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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

We have a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood and they possess an uncanny ability to know when a car has been cleaned for them to sit on and enjoy. Needless to say, the dirty, dusty paw marks they ...
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How can I get rid of door dings?

Wife parks too close to my white car. Would love to get rid of these door dings as her car is only 3 years old.
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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

Some people say they wash the outside car every week as it makes the paint nice etc Are there any benefits of washing the outside of my car? Do I really need to wash the exterior of my car every ...
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What are the benefits to waxing a modern car?

I was taught that waxing a car helped protect the finish by preventing damage from the elements - water, salt, etc.. The first vehicles I owned (a 1981 Impala and a 1978 Thunderbird) developed larges ...
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Cheap way to fix peeling clear coat?

The coat on my car is peeling away something like as shown in following picture which I just pulled up from google as an example: This is my first car and I have never done any car work myself before,...
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How should I remove paint from calipers?

I have a set of STI brake calipers that I'm interested in refinishing. From the factory, they come with a black finish and white lettering. What is the best way to remove the existing finish so that I ...
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Roof paint peeling badly, with rust — what to do?

I've got a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan that's generally in pretty good shape, but the roof has started peeling badly, and a few spots have accumulated some rust. This is an old car with limited value, so ...
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Paint light scratches repair

Hi I own Renault Megane Mk3 for while and car's paint is almost full with small scratches due to hard cleaning( car was cleaned by a hard surface ), I know its stupid thing to make but it wasn't my ...
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Is there a special way to repair fiberglass bumper?

My fiberglass bumper has cracks and is white. This cars value is not much and I don't need it to be perfect. I'm quite happy to just get it back to black with all the cracks and leave it at that. ...
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Recondition clear coat?

The clear coat on my car's finish is getting kind of tired, dull and scratchy. Is there any way to recondition and renew it? I assume I will need to polish the existing clear coat somehow and then ...
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DIY - How to create a car paint booth? What's Involved?

Thinking about painting my next project car, and came across a YouTube video where the OP built a makeshift booth in what appeared to be his garage. Fast forwarding to later videos when he brought ...
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How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?

I want to remove a dealer's sticker from my car. The sticker is on a painted surface. What is the best way to do it? Could I remove pinstripe decals in the same way?
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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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How to remove droplets of paint on my car?

I'm not sure if its paint or cement, but my car is covered with droplets of it. I had my car washed, but its still there. Its removable if you scrape it with your nail. Is there any liquid material ...
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Removing rust / prepping for repainting

I have several developing rust spots on my car. What's the best way to remove the rust / prep the surface? I picked up a wire cup brush with a 1/4", but it's limited to 4,500 RPM. My tool options ...
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Hit a wall with my car how to remove paint?

Hit a wall with my door handle. What's the best way to remove paint? Thanks
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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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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

A while back I fixed up some rust spots on stone kicks on my hood, and ended up repainting my whole hood to cover them up after grinding/puttying/priming. I got custom matching spray paint made and ...
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Why should I clean bug and bird debris off my car?

I have a relatively new car with nice clean paint. I've read and been told that cleaning bugs and bird debris off of my car quickly is important because it can damage the paint. Do I really need 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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Need Help fixing touch up paint

I recently got my fender fixed and painted by touch up paint. but now how do i blend the new paint with the factory paint? or at least make it look shiny.
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Fixing small scratches on the body paint

My Ford Focus seems to attract scratches quite badly, and it got to the point that I would like to try and fix them. All of them are rather small, resulting from parking in bushes, careless opening of ...
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Problem with paint job

So I did a paint job on a 1985 ford pick up and It was my first time doing it, I sanded down the truck and primered it and then painted it like you should, after that I put 5 layers of clear coat on ...
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Is this rust or not, will it spread, how should I repair it?

Hit a concrete pole and damaged my Hyundai coupe 2006. This is side view of car just under door where damaged has occurred. As you can see paint worked has been pierced and is showing some metal\...
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Using Sprayway glass cleaner as waterless wash?

I bought a four pack of Sprayway glass cleaner at Costco today, and it's amazing. I tried it out on my car, and it makes it so shinny, it looks like it has just been waxed. However, I want to make ...