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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

Put catnip on the hood of a neighboring car...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

tl;dr: How much did you pay for that shirt? How often do you wash it? Why would you bother? Shirts just get dirty anyway. Can't you get another shirt? Are there any benefits of washing the ...
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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

The reason many people wash their car every week is to keep it looking nice and from the good old days of bad paint and no rust protection. These days, paints are significantly better and stand up ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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Why are road test drives of to-be-released vehicles plastered with fabric?

It's the car variant of dazzle camouflage, and it's used to disguise the appearance of the vehicle. The coverings on the grill and lights are also to disguise the appearance. This is done to avoid ...
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Why would I paint my car engine?

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 ...
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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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How major are these paintwork & rust problems?

If you're okay with the cosmetic affects of the rust then the only one there that I would even remotely consider an issue is the one above the rear window (pic #4). Front & Rear door - there are ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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Can I paint my entire Class C RV using fluorescent green and how long will the paint job last

You absolutely can! I've painted several of my race cars this way, on a limited budget. The looked wonderful, and I usually wrecked them before the paint was an issue. If you prep very well (all ...
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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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Modern cars do not rust faster in coastal locations - Myth or truth?

Though each car is different, yes, they may tend to rust faster in coastal areas. This is even true for newer models. Newer models may resist corrosion (rust) better than older ones, but they are ...
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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

Try a heat gun (NOT a hair drier - they're not hot enough). If you damage the paintwork - unlikely - then your plan B was to take it to a body shop instead anyway.
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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What (paint)care can I provide to a brand new car before driving off the dealership?

Honestly, doing anything on the lot is a waste of time at best and detrimental at worst. New cars don't come in packaging so the paint is rarely in "factory fresh" condition when you pick ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

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 ...
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When spraying a part of a car, how do you avoid 'cut off lines'?

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 ...
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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

Razor + two chemical Cocktail - it worked! Success - I experimented a lot and fortunately the result was another "mechanics.SE save". 1. Whisky You're about to take a razor blade to a car, ...
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Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on

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 ...
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Why would I paint my car engine?

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 ...
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