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Old 01-07-2006, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"Dadgum CATS"! (damaged my 540)

I noticed some scratches on one of my recently-installed Hella Celis tails the other day (see my gallery photos). Couldn't figure it out, since I keep my car garaged. Later, when I noticed cat paw prints on the roof of the car, it came to me: my car was parked outside over night on two occasions recently, both because of home improvements, and one of the neighbor's cats must have paid it a visit! :

The first outside exposure was when it was in the neighbor's driveway 3 days prior to Christmas while my house was getting a new roof and debris was all over my driveway. However, I think the cat scratches happened when I had it parked outside over night New Year's weekend because I was using my garage as a work/saw area while remodeling a downstairs bathroom.

So I was thinking of trying some Novus plastic polish to try to remove the animal scratches from the taillight lens. Any other suggestions? used: I think my paint will be OK.

PS - THIS is why dogs are so much better than cats!! I have two large dogs and neither has EVER tried to so much as put one furry paw on any of my cars, as evidenced by the fact they are still alive...
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I've tried Plastic polish on the headlights, worked fine.
Also you could have unleashed the two dogs on your neighbor's cats !!
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Thanks; if only. Around here, it is OK for cats to wander around unleashed, but not so with dogs. Besides, my dogs are indoors and warm with me at night, not interloping on someone else's car....
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Thanks; if only. Around here, it is OK for cats to wander around unleashed, but not so with dogs. Besides, my dogs are indoors and warm with me at night, not interloping on someone else's car....

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Recently my friends girlfriend got a ticket for her tail lights being "too dark." So my buddy sanded them down and polished them. They look liek they are brand new out of the box! Im not joking, I was at her house a fee days ago.w e came backf rom getting a movie at blockbuster and as I parked behind her I asked "Did you get new ail lights?." It was that good. ill ask him what he used. I believe he sanded with 600 grit paper also.
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Just to report back in - the Novus plastic polish worked well and reduced the visible scratches on those taillights by about 80%. I also used it on the front headlight covers and managed about a 10% improvement in clarity.

Man I love how those Hella Celis tails look....
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