| Great War Ace ||14 Jun 2015 9:14 a.m. PST|
I just repainted my '94 Voyager, after half a year of "no kitty cat" around the place: our daughter took her pet to her apartment last fall. Finally, I got around to getting the old van painted. Spiff dark blue, like midnight, the original color. I guess that cats everywhere find that color sexy or something. I came out of the shop where I'd been racing slot cars all Saturday afternoon, and saw this:
I said words my mother never, ever taught me. I'd have kicked that feline across State Street if I'd had the chance! #$%&$@#%!!!$%^&$#^!!!!
|nazrat||14 Jun 2015 10:03 a.m. PST|
Pawprints bother you that much? Or am I missing something?
| etotheipi ||14 Jun 2015 11:04 a.m. PST|
Dude, I'm not a gearhead, but he just finished a (type of) restoration of a vehicle he's had a while. I would assume the prints don't wash off, so he needs to redo the work.
| Great War Ace ||14 Jun 2015 2:16 p.m. PST|
They washed off. What bothers me are the SCRATCHES. You see, each time a feline agent of evil leaps onto your hood, and then uses it to launch itself up the windshield to your roof, and then slides down your windshield with a soft *kerpluff* back onto your hood, it leaves another set of claw marks. Over time, my daughter's cat totally destroyed the paint above and below the windshield, and marked up the roof and hood so badly that it looked like someone had taken sandpaper to it. Which, in effect, "somebody" had. Darned cats!
So you can imagine how, after having my paintjob less than a week, seeing a fresh set of paw prints made me go a tad ballistic. And miles from home no less! Do cats just zero in on brand new, dark blue paint?…
|45thdiv ||14 Jun 2015 2:30 p.m. PST|
Hmmm,, while I understand the frustration, if the paw prints ruined that paint job while he was in racing slot cars, maybe the vehicle was ot yet ready to take out. Paint not complety cured? A bird could have pooped on it and done the same damage.
Just saying, not really an animals fault.
| Tacitus ||15 Jun 2015 12:09 a.m. PST|
Just thank goodness cats don't have opposable thumbs; they'd be our overlords.
|Klebert L Hall ||15 Jun 2015 6:28 a.m. PST|
Either wax it well, or put a deep layer of clearcoat on it. The former should protect the paint from scratching as long as you renew it regularly, and the latter should allow for buffing scratches out.
I tend to think cars are outdoor products, for use out-of-doors, and not worry too much about the inevitable minor blemishes.
|RavenscraftCybernetics ||15 Jun 2015 8:18 a.m. PST|
Id leave them as they are, but that's just me.
|VCarter ||15 Jun 2015 10:59 a.m. PST|
Next week, rain ruins paint job. On the bright side now you don't need to worry about the first scratch.
In my case, I had my first brand new car. My wife closed the garage door on the back bumper. She didn't know she did it and I didn't tell her (it would have just made her feel bad). Two months later – Karma time – a judge rear ends me and I get a new bumper.
Still a shame it had to happen to both of us.
| etotheipi ||15 Jun 2015 4:32 p.m. PST|
Well, I'm glad the pawprints came off.
To keep the cat off, get some of that pet barrier stuff from the pet store and spray it over your car with a hose and soap inductor.
| Great War Ace ||15 Jun 2015 7:34 p.m. PST|
"Pet barrier stuff", never heard of it. Sounds good!
We don't have a cat around our house anymore. But neighborhood felines go where they will. I have never seen one on top of my van. But I did see our former resident cat lording it over the lowly world on the roof of my van a lot of times. As I described, he'd get down by sliding on the windshield to the hood. Scratch marks added to scratch marks, over the years, equals ruined paint job. Clear coat is not the answer. Keeping cats off is.
The dammed cat near The Slot Car Shop was placed by "evil" to test my mettle. I failed and said words, a lot of them. Seeing clear evidence that s/her had been on the roof and slid back down was one coincidence of timing too many for the owner of a new paint job, imho!
I'll have to look into that "pet barrier stuff". Man, the lengths we go to….
|enfant perdus||16 Jun 2015 5:33 a.m. PST|
|tkdguy||17 Jun 2015 12:01 a.m. PST|
When I was a kid, our cats were allowed to come and go as they pleased. And they frequently walked all over my dad's car. My dad once complained about being teased by his coworkers.
|Jemima Fawr ||25 Jun 2015 11:10 a.m. PST|
I like cats. Just shooting at static targets is so boring…
|Clays Russians||28 Jun 2015 10:30 a.m. PST|
Two words, golden retriever
|Jemima Fawr ||28 Jun 2015 7:06 p.m. PST|
Nah, those paw-prints are never big enough.
| Great War Ace ||18 Jul 2015 7:12 a.m. PST|
My new paint has been pawed by local kitty cats twice by now. I'm thinking of buying a pellet rifle and sitting in the other van to sleep while I lie in wait….