Ugh!! First (hopefully last) big scratch

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  1. Hubbs

    Hubbs Silver Member

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    The car was on the driveway. My 5 year old daughter was riding her bike and got a little too close, scraping it with her handlebar. Now I've got a nice 8" long, deep scratch. :(:mad::(:eek::(

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    I feel for you. I had my son scratch my Trans Am WS6 when he was 2. I had the car for 9 years without so much as a mark on it, but he accidentally drove his big wheel into it. I had it professionally fixed and it came out as good as new. Then my son put a scratch in my 3 day old Escalade with his bike. I yelled at him and now they walk their bikes up the driveway or ask me to move the cars before they play in the drive way, if the cars are there.
     
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    If you cant grab your nail on it a good detailer will be able to high speed polish it out. Just use someone who knows what their doing. You might have to go to wet sanding, but always start with the lease aggressive first. The clear coats only about a mill thick so not much room for error
     
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    here was my solution with my 2011...a big Styrofoam box around the whole car......i kicked my kids out of the garage now and built a shed for the kids stuff....i used 1" foam and liquid nails and long screws....never had 1 mark on it from my kids....w/o it my car would have been full of marks.....kids F things up....if your going to allow your kids around your car you cant be fussy....OR you can be a anal fussy guy like me and build a box around your car

    my biggest fear w/ THE BOX was kids would toss a ball over the top of it.....id come home from work and see the garage door open and the kids playing ball in the driveway......im run out of my van to quickly close the garage door

    now days my garage has nothing in it except for 3 cars...absolutely nothing....no reason for anyone to be in my garage unless they are pulling a car out...

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    Holy crap, thought you were kidding u til I saw the pics!!
     
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    Hubbs Silver Member

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    Unfortunately you can. It's almost, possibly to metal.
     
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    local groups used to make fun of it......when i got rid of it i offered it for free to a local Dodge club....it was always a friendly joke to tease me about THE BOX

    you can make fun of it if you like, but it worked....not 1 mark!......and yes i am anal with my cars....not w/ everything, but anal with things that matter to me
     
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    Ugh, I feel your pain. :(

    I use to be afraid of scratching my Jeep before I decided it was going to be a dedicated off road rock crawler. Now it's got tens of 1,000's of scratches, bangs & dents. Doubt if I'll ever allow the cat to get as bad as the Jeep. :eek:
     
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    Hubbs... that really sucks:(... Huggy that is wicked funny:D
     
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    helldad Gold Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    My kids did the same thing to my charger rt, and my current 300 C... They also ask me to move the cars now before playing in the driveway... I was very mad, only because I had warned them many times, and it was a couple of times... Cars are magnets to kids with scratchy handle bars... Fortunately they learned before Natasha came into our lives,...
     
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    I put the first ding in my 392, so I guess I broke her in.. I bought it to drive, so I know it's going to have road rash. I just take it in once a year and get what I can fixed and continue to motor on.
     
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    Everyone's biggest fear, there first scratch...my car is the only thing in the garage besides my tools,, so the whole family knows to stay out off the garage..
     
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    My daughter did the same thing to my 2000 Transam Firehawk 10 years ago. Drove her tricycle along side of my drivers side door and put a nice 18 inch scratch in the paint. Some of it was too deep to buff out. She turned around and smiled and said sorry daddy and kept driving around.
     
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    Huggy that is freaking hilarious but so genius. You should market it. I would buy or build one but no garage and no kids. I am sure the wind would make the box a hazard if used outside but I love it!!! Nice!!
     
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    Guys the most important thing to remember is that it's just a car and how you handle the situation with your kid is more important. They probably already feel bad enough for scratching your car so be mindful on how you address it with your little ones. You wouldn't want to scar them for life after going all ape*#%@ over something that wasn't intentional. :(
     

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