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

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Something's peeling off from around my rear wheel well. Is this clear coat failing?

It started off as an air bubble that I thought was something dried on there. When I foolishly tried scraping it off with my fingernail, a thin clear layer started to peel off and this is what it looks ...
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Can a car body get rusted?

I have a Toyota Etios Liva Viera Limited Edition car, which is going to be three years old next year January. It has run for about 3711km. Today, I noticed these spots on the car body: I tried ...
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How do I apply wax on a vehicle?

So I just got Meguiar's Cleaners Wax and it's my first time waxing. I'm going to completely hand-wax my car myself. Should I wipe the wax on in a circular motion or back and forth? Any other tips?
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Roof is rusted and pitted - Use Flex Seal?

Will Flex Seal spray work to "fix" a vehicle with a rusty and pitted roof? By "fix", I mean: Keep all water out Keep the rust from spreading
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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 Duct Tape residue?

I recently had my window get stuck only after having it rolled all the way down. So I had to put a trash bag in its place temporarily, to keep rain from damaging the interior of my vehicle, and it was ...
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Can I use cutting compound to take graffiti off my car?

Can I use cutting compound to remove graffiti sprayed on my car?
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Is Paint Protection worth paying for?

I've just bought myself a new car, and as expected the dealer is trying to sell me extra items. The two options they are trying to push on me are Paint Protection nano technology paint protection &...
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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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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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removing excess paint on a nick touchup

i dropped a spark plug on the fender of an $8000.00 paint job. i touched up the 2 nicks ,but have a little excess paint outside of nicks. any suggestions on how to remove the excess? i used a product ...
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DIY paint touch-up on rusted fender: paint touch-up kit includes primer, color, and clear coat

We have some rust on the fender of our 2005 car. I'd like to try to touch it up by removing the loose paint, sanding the rust off, priming, painting, and clear-coating, using one of the kits that can ...
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How should I remove a paint scuff on my vehicle?

The painted edge of a side mirror on another car recently scraped the side of my vehicle, leaving a scuff of paint about half a meter long. There is no indentation or scratch, but the other vehicle ...
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fixing a hole in a bumper cover

I have a crack in the bumper cover of my car (photo below) that I would like to fix myself. This is my first car, and I have no prior experience of car body work. Because of this and financial ...
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Why did my sprayed-on paint job look like it was rolled on?

I repainted a back portion of my car after hitting something and it turned out pretty good, however the paint has a strange texture. It feels smooth, but it looks similar to a rolled on paint job. It ...
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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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Paintless dent removal long term side effects?

I have just got a few dents repaired using paintless dent removal services. While observing the procedure, I've noticed that the repair guy used a plastic rod-like tool to fix some imperfections by ...
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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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How do you fix spray paint marks on car hood?

I had quite a bit of scratches and a tad bit of dust on my hood and wanted to fix that. I've spray painted cars before but only small areas, nothing as large as the hood. Sanded the affected areas, ...
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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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How can I remove black scuff marks from paint work?

I have an '08 Silverado, I recently had to haul a load of furniture a little over a thousand miles, using a tarp to keep it dry, and with the way my bed is laid out I have no tie down points. I ...
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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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2201 Ford Ranger - Remove bolts when painting in new bedliner?

My 2001 Ford Ranger 4.0L 4x4 has a 6' bed that has lost a lot of its paint and is rusting in spots. I was thinking this would be a great impetus to abrade the surface and throw some Herculiner on it. ...
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Will the dealer removing some minor paint marks/drips on the side of a car hurt?

I recently bought a new car from a dealer, the car has a few quite small dots that look like yellow road paint but didn't come off with the normal detailing they do. The dealer noticed it before I ...
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Using a Paint Thinkness Gauge to Detect Collision Damage

I recently bought a CM8801-FN Paint Thickness Gauge, and would like to use it to determine if a car has had body damage. Basically, according to what I've read average factory paint thickness on ...
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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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Matting / Discolouration when spray painting car

I have been running into some trouble while spray painting my car. The roof of my 2000 Chevy Cavalier Z24 had some rust on it, so I sanded it down, put on primer, and used black Rustoleum for the ...
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How can I remove paint off my truck?

On the rear of my truck it looks like another car hit it because it has red paint on it and my truck is white. It's not dented but it has red paint on it. What is an easy way of taking it off ...
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How do I apply a high quality and lasting finish on trim pieces?

I'd like to repaint some of the exterior trim pieces on my car, but I'm not an autobody expert and I suspect having them done professionally will be quite expensive. Some of the pieces are currently ...
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Painting engine block & ancillaries being assembled: when is the right time to do so?

I want to paint my engine block and its ancillary parts while in the assembling process, but I don't know when would be the right time to do it. Should I paint the parts "before" being put together? ...
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Removing a painted picture on my car

I recently bought a 2003 Deville, someone had hand brush painted a small picture of Mickey Mouse leaning against the Cadillac symbol. It is very dry. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

Scraping my windshield every morning during winter months is a cumbersome and time-consuming task. I had the idea that I could just drive through the car wash (I have a membership) every morning to do ...
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What is the procedure to fix vehicle roof paint inexpensively?

On a flat-roofed vehicle, what is the least expensive way to fix the roof when the clear coat has largely peeled off and rust has formed? There are no places where the rust is so extreme that holes ...
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Teflon Coating your new car

While buying a new car, the dealer suggests Teflon coating your car so that the paint shine lasts longer. I know that Teflon is a substance which does not easily attach to any other substance. So is ...
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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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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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What does paint failure look like?

My car's paint looks bad and I'd like to repair it, but I'm not sure what it is called. I know there are different types of paint failure, what do they look like and what are they called?
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How to remove tank pad glue?

I had an old and worn out motorcycle tank pad (protector) and I want to replace it with a new one. It's too late to remove it together with the glue by heating it, so now I need to find a way to ...
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How to touch-up paint on wheels?

I recently painted a spare set of alloy wheels. Unfortunately, the lighting in my unit is not good. After the paint dried, I noticed a couple of spokes hadn't been fully covered so the primer is ...
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Modern cars do not rust faster in coastal locations - Myth or truth?

Someone warned me to never buy a second hand car from the coast because cars rust faster and you cannot always see which hidden parts are rusted. The expectation is that cars from the coast has a ...
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Where can I get button graphics/decals for car interior (preferably for specific models)?

I have seen around a few threads by the business that created this video. They supply (supplied?) kits to replace the surface of car interior buttons (radio, climate control, etc) that have become ...
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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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2005 Corolla paint or coating peeling off

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla. Within the last couple of months I have noticed an unusual condition related to the paint surface. A couple of photos: At first, I thought it was just the paint coming ...
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Rust From Repaired Chip in Paint Didn't Go Away

Last year, I had a big stone chip with growing rust. I thoroughly sanded it, applied primer, and painted it. It wasn't meant to look good as I just wanted to prevent the rust expansion. However, ...
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Why are road test drives of to-be-released vehicles plastered with fabric?

So, every once in a while I will see an article on MSNBC Auto's about a to-be-released car, like this one. As you can see, the pictured car is just plastered with what appears to be some sort of ...
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Did I just screw up my paint, or is it just dried polish?

I have some pretty jacked up looking paint on the roof of my 2000 Honda Civic, and decided I would try to hand polish it a little. So I got out a very soft white hex logic pad, and some extra fine ...
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Paint quality of used cars [closed]

A query regarding used cars in general. Most owners don't wash their cars properly - rules such as microfiber towels only, proper shampooing + regular waxing etc. all go amiss. To what extent do ...
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Diaper rash cream on paint

Can't seem to find the answer anywhere... My kid somehow smeared diaper rash cream on the rear quarter panel on our car. The car is grey and you can see a white film. I tried a few products with ...