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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

paint protection: from cats

Ill get my newly painted car tomorow, my biggest problem? feeline friends
The cat population in my garage like to get on top of my truck, sedan, cefiro and
suv. thats a big problem. specially for a car enthusiast.

and when it's time for the cats to get off of the vehicles, they slide off. Each foot
leaves four little long scratches in the top clear coat, and i noticed when i detailed
my other  car that the pads of the cats' feet seem to buff the clear coat as well as
they slide off the hood. this is disgusting!

The cats know they arent supposed to be on my vehicles, the best way to limit
damage once they are already on the vehicles is to just let them be. Scaring them
off would just result in more damage. (of course)

I know that the car's new paint will be subjected to parking lot damage, and I can
live with that. But at least most door nicks only affect a limited area and can be buffed
out without too much trouble... but for the cats here, they damage the entire car bit by
bit, and I havent had great luck polishing out the scratches on any previous vehicle.

A car cover would be the easiest and most effective. I don't think that the cats
would damage the fabric if they're not intentionally scratching at it. in my honda city,
i used 2 sets of car covers.remember before using a carcover: One key with any car
cover is that it's important for the car to be clean. Putting a cover on a dirty car results
in a sandpaper effect.

They dont like mothballs too, so if you have a couple of them at hand, they should work

pepper spray (or black pepper). will work, it irritates skin, and apparently has a light odor
that they don't like. you could spray some around your car, or lightly on the cover.
Put on the car cover, hold your breath, close your eyes, and fling lots of cayenne red
pepper powder all over the car cover and the shed floor. Or, if this will bother other
shed users or vehicles, don't, and instead uniformly coat the entire shed floor with the
powder every week or so.

Cats lick themselves clean, so they will learn pretty quickly that a trip through the
pepper is Not Fun.

Cats often don't like the feeling of tinfoil. You could try to get a cover that is texturally
unpleasing for them to walk on.

when you get a car cover. Also get a few sleeping pads, like this or similar.
They are 3/4 inch thick. Lay them on the roof, trunk, and hood. Cut to custom fit
if needed.

Use a few heavy magnets to hold in them in place. The magnets won't touch the metal,
just the mat. Put the car cover over the top. or soft car cover and a tarp over that;
a car cover and tarp combination is good, but beyond that, you may be able to get some
carpet scraps from MG SQUARE or local upholstery shop in your area, Should be cheap
and, they'll protect glass and paint in a hail-storm so why not from cats ?
tarps you can buy anywhere are pretty puncture resistant. A cat would have to really be
wanting to do damage to get through.

Try this : Wax the car, and find a hose long enough to reach inside the shed. Lurk, now,
When you see a cat on the car, hose down the car and the cat. With any luck the cat will
jump off. A few sessions like that should do the trick.

Kersoene. The scent supposedly drives the kitties away. I wiped down the windows with
a cloth just damp with it, then rinsed really well. Enough scent remained that the cat avoided
the car, and after a couple of weeks, stopped going near the car.
or use citrus spray with feliway 

hope this helps. and will get the cats out of your car, and in your home! hahaha
this is your LOVERBOY DENNIS signing out

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