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Can cats leave scratch marks on cars?

It's hard to be sure, but that looks like single-stage paint (without a hard-wearing clearcoat). If so, it is relatively soft paint that could easily be scratched. Judging by the angle of attack (and ...
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Can cats leave scratch marks on cars?

My experience with cats is that they do enjoy sticking their claws into something soft to sharpen them. Cats will completely destroy furniture this way. The scratches you are showing are on hard metal ...
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BMW 1 Series (2016) Bumper Repair

It will most certainly be more expensive if you get a professional to repair this bumper for you. However, it will be a safe investment on your trade-in if it is restored professionally. We cannot ...
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What happened to the paint on my 2014 Toyota Prius V? Is there a way I can DIY repair it?

It looks like typical Toyota paint to me. The paint is delaminating from the soft bumper. You can paint this yourself, but you'd need a paint gun, compressor, special tools, and some understanding of ...
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100 Scratches, easy fix?

It would help to see a photograph of the damage. For small scratches, some cutting compound followed by polish and wax should yield good results with no need to apply any fresh paint. Edit Having ...
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Can cats leave scratch marks on cars?

I saw my sisters cat attempt to jump up on my car and then slide down the side leaving scratch marks where there were non previously, so to answer your questions, yes, without a doubt cats can scratch ...
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Can polishing compound ruin my car's paint job?

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 ...
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How to do an amateur repair of a tiny ding on my almost new car?

What is the mistake a rank amateur at this is most likely to make? Honestly.. it's attempting to do it themselves. You mention: I am an OCD type I can pretty much guarantee that the result of ...
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What are these wiggly lines on the car paint and windshield?

I'll answer it myself since I've since found the answer after posting. As first postulated, these are indeed snail marks, against my best judgment. As revealed by this Family Handy post these are ...
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if you can't see rust, you don't need primer?

Primer helps the paint stick to the bare metal, clean or not. Primer also gives it a good base for smoothness and matching. There's really never a reason not to use primer.
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painting over bare metal

As has been mentioned in the comments, most bumper covers are plastic. Usually (I think) they're injection molded ABS which is black. So the black may just be that plastic. It is also possible that ...
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Can cats leave scratch marks on cars?

Yes, they technically can, but no, it's not the case in your pictures. A cat does have sufficient power to scratch a car (given certain criteria are met), but it will not do that unless the cat lands ...
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Fixing rough door scratch?

It's rusty already so this isn't easy task and you should consider if you are ready to do this by yourself. Might be easier to disassemble the doors and take them to the paintshop. This might cost you ...
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Removing scratches just using toothpaste?

Toothpaste is basically calcium carbonate a coarse material like a sand paper. i have used it to clean the car headlamp and rear view mirror.It gets ultra clean.though I have not used ...
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What's the best way to re-paint only a corner section of a bumper?

In some cases, it may be acceptable to do only half of the bumper. Color changes in the middle of the bumper are usually less visible than at the sides of the bumper. When I had bumper damage, my ...
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What caused these scratches

The only two things we can say for sure are: These scratches were caused by something harder than the paint, and The thing that caused these scratches moved in the direction of the scratches. Beyond ...
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Minor scratching on plastic fender/skirt

If it's a scratch just in the clear coat, then you can wet sand it with 2500 or 3000 grit paper and then use a buffer with a fine polish like in this video. If it's more serious, like down to the ...
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Minor scratching on plastic fender/skirt

I recommend a good buffing and using a soft rubbing compound. "Mother's" brand is what I usually use. Good luck
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What caused these scratches

As a guess, because you know it's anybody's guess at this point: The top picture looks as though there was some type of contaminant on the paint which some one tried to take off manually without the ...
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How can I fix the paint in my car?

Since low budget is stated as a main requirement, I am assuming that professional repainting is not an option. Hard to tell from a photo, but the scratch on the side probably will not buff out. But I ...
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Cheap diagnosis/repair of damaged fairing

So it certainly looks like that is an injection molded plastic piece. Its probably ABS, but it could be anything. The good news is that it doesn't look like it will get much movement in that area. ...
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Milky cloudy clear coat after rattle can spray

Just clear coated my car's headlights after sanding them to clarity. I used wet sanding, cleaned it with rubbing alcohol, dry then sprayed, but cloudy is an understatement. Hoping this clears up by ...
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Milky cloudy clear coat after rattle can spray

All you need to do is polish it. All rattle can clear coat looks like this. I did the whole rear end of a car after repairing some rust. I did black with clear over it. The clear just didn't have ...
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What's the best way to re-paint only a corner section of a bumper?

If the final paint coat is only paint then it should be possible, but if it has a colour coat finished with a lacquer coat IMO you will need to do the whole bumper. For the best finish, I would do ...
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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

Costing questions are off-topic for this group, so can't answer that. I'm not a refinisher, so can't give a gospel answer with full details, but how much of the car has to be repainted will depend on ...
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100 Scratches, easy fix?

You don't want to do anything, but you want it to look good and prevent rust? Hmmm... Spraying automotive clear coat over it will preserve it as it looks now. To do that effectively would require ...
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if you can't see rust, you don't need primer?

Plastic needs to have a special primer so that the paint sticks to it. But, for metal, even if you think it is clean it should be given a primer coat then base then top and may be a clear coat to ...
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Ways to protect paintwork from minor damage?

There's many ways to protect your paintwork and keep it in good condition, and each has it's own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here's some of the more common approaches: Paint protection ...
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Paint codes are approximate?

The detailer is entirely correct. The paint code simply indicates the "mix" of colors and components to make that paint "color" for your vehicle. But one batch to another never ...
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How to fix scrapes and a small dent from other car

Put a little of brake fluid on a clean clotch, and wipe gently the paint scratch. The brake fluid will disolve the paint, and spread it to hide the scrape, if you overdo it you will damage your car ...
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