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...yeah.

Today I went to my car in the Visitor's Parking lot of U.T. Knoxville after a long night with a few friends to find that some white car had pulled out of their spot next to me and tried to straighten themselves too quickly: Putting two nice white lines across my back fender and a smaller blotch below them.

Upon further review, fairly large (The size of three or so quarters) amounts of paint have been ripped off, and the bumper is now a little wobbly - I am assuming they broke a bolt or something connecting it to the body.

I tried to wash off some of the white, which I am guessing is not the most nonabrasive material on the planet because I added more scratches to the clear coat.

With this white scar, I am hoping to get some very fine grade sandpaper, wet it, and repair the problem and then try to buff out. I will post pictures sometime soon.

If only I witnessed it...

To add to this, after I took some pictures in the parking lot, I went to go start up my car to warm up and a large Infiniti SUV comes flying into the spot and I swear the side view mirror came within a half inch of impaling my own mirror. The driver, a preppy stuck-up teenager (probably a student), ran up on the curb at the end of the parking space, and then threw it in park and got out, shouting on the phone like her boyfriend had cheater on her.

I distaste Tennessee drivers.
 

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LOL that's awful :-( just move to Massachusetts we're the best drivers in the country!
 

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Well I think that proves my stereotype of infiniti drivers...
 

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That sucks. Reminds me back to parking my Cadillac (last car) at a space at school at the beginning of this year, on a day when the lot was booming with people there for a game and tailgating too. Parked in an area that didn't seem populated, only to come back at night and have a nice gash down to primer dead in the center of my driver's door.

People...ugh...but hopefully you can repair it on your own, if you've done similar detail work before.
 

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I have not, but my dad used to work at a body shop and a used car lot, he was the one that suggested wetting very fine grade (he said 1200 grade? I know nothing of sandpaper) sandpaper and lightly rubbing it on the paint that is white and the portions of the paint that is scrunched or uneven; then doing a few layers of touch-up paint where I can and then buffing it.

I'll definitely get some day-of shots and after-buff job shots for you guys. I've already fixed the bumper...some cheap piece of plastic broke so I clamped it back into a single piece and gorilla glued it. Hopefully it'll come out good. If so, I'll reinforce it with some strips that'll be glued to both sides of the broken piece to support it.

Oh, and I broke the 9,000 mile mark today.
 

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I broke 750 miles today! Congratulate me schnell!
 

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That sucks. Reminds me back to parking my Cadillac (last car) at a space at school at the beginning of this year, on a day when the lot was booming with people there for a game and tailgating too. Parked in an area that didn't seem populated, only to come back at night and have a nice gash down to primer dead in the center of my driver's door.

People...ugh...but hopefully you can repair it on your own, if you've done similar detail work before.
Someone would've died if that happened to me.... oh wait it did at school! I hired a ghetto kid to investigate who did it and then I slashed their tyres and keyed the same door they did to mine.
 

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That's the damage. I feel like a father who just had his little girl get back from football practice :(
 

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OMG SOMEONE WOULD DIE IF THAT WERE ME!! Did you see if the parking lot had any security camera support? I would've had a full-scale investigation launched haha
 

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No...they didn't. "Park at your own risk" so say the signs everywhere...

My girlfriend and I went hunting around the parking lot and the surrounding ones for any white or light gray cars with my paint on their passenger's side bumper and missing some of their own.

I was prepared to take some vigilante justice out on them with a fist wrapped in a shirt, and some window chalk saying "Hit my Car Again" on their paint.

I would have been completely content if they had left a note, at least saying sorry. Sure, I would have been mad, but not enraged.
 

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I wish I could have gotten my big camera (Sony D-SLR a100) under the bumper to show you guys my fix job, at which I took it to the dealership and they said that it looked like it would hold up, and looks like a great alternative to a replacement bumper.

The piece holding the bumper to what appeared to be the trunk had snapped clear in half, so there was a piece bolted onto the trunk's underbelly that I unattached and looked at, and the piece attached to the bumper was actually part of the bumper. So I did a do it yourself job :D

Brief explanation:

I took both pieces and then secured the piece I detached back onto the bolt. I then went about repairing the bumper itself. To do this, I backed my car up onto a tire I had between my garage side and the bumper. Having very little pressure on the bumper to keep it at the desired place (by now it was a little off-aligned). Three or four nice towels help to cushion the tire against the bumper :D

After it was how I wanted it, I clamped the two pieces together and gorilla glued them. It worked wonders. Do note, I took coarse-grade sand paper and roughed up both sides though, to help the glue catch.

After the glue seemed to have set well enough, I got two metal rods that were almost the length of the piece holding the bumper, and then soldered them onto the molten plastic-like piece (more like the melted plastic conjoined with the metal, the solder was just fine chrome). I then put a nice thin layer of gorilla glue over the entire thing, like a thin glass covering. Just because I like overkill.

And to prove a point.

So yeah...one day in and the repair seems to be holding up fine. After school today, I wobbled and pulled on the bumper some in the affected area and it feels like it did before the impact. Now I just need to fix the scar :(
 

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WOW - This is truly unforunate. Luckily you were able to fix the bumper. Good Luck with scar, hopefully it is not so bad that some elbow grease can't work it out.
 

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Truitt, looks like it may buff out fine.

I do hate sloppiness when it comes to parking. In our area a lot of people have to parallel park on the street and the space is pretty tight. So many people make a habit of using the sidewall of their tires as parking aids...one Mazda 3 has it's wheel covers all chewed up because of that...C'mon, it's not that hard to park within and inch of the curb without scorching your wheels...Just make it a habit. If I can park my midsize there ok, your compact should be even easier.
Also people bumping nose first into the curb stone on parking lots...Are you trying to save 3 inches that don't matter to anyone anyways? Just plain don't get it.
 

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The picture does little justice, and the color of my paint makes it difficult, but there is exposed metal (or primer? It is a flat black) along the first curve of the rear bumper, where the contact may have built up some tension pulling the bumper and that may have broken it.

There are two marks, one the size of a quarter and the other the size of a nickel. Those will be my enemies, since I am not well enough with touch-up paint. Maybe if I did a few good layers and then tried buffing it, it'll look good? I have no clear coat touch up paint so it may look too flat.
 

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isn't that part of the car all plastic?

Anyway, I think, if you have to touch up that many marks it may not look that great....
 

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Yeah, it won't be comparable with the new Bu' in any way...it's a scar that I'll have to live with. I think that a good buff job will get the white off, but the scar will remain.
 

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do you want to maybe consult a body shop? if the scar is too ugly, can always have the bumper refinished for the insurance money less deductible?
 

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The scars are just three to four black spots where the paint has been rubbed away. The white marks look like they be just that, and no damage to the vehicle aside from a clear coat scuff. It will be a lag on my day when I walk up to the driver's side of the Bu', but the insurance is not worth it.
 
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