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Old 05-05-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Hood damage from wipers

This has probably been posted somewhere here (but couldn't find it), but regardless I figured someone could benefit from my stupidity.

What you see below is what you'll end up doing if you open your hood while the wiper arms are up in the "cleaning" position. I'm repairing a 2" paint scrape on the right side, and repairing a vinyl stripe on the left. Those wiper arms have no mercy on that hood edge. Not the kinda thing I wanted to be doing @ 1200 miles. Sad thing is, I made a mental note NOT to leave the wipers up two washes ago. I was daydreaming and this is the result.

You 5th gen veterans are probably well aware of this, but I figured I'd post for the new guys like me.



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Old 05-05-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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Don't feel bad...I had my car up on stands for an oil change. Hood was up, and I almost wiped it out with the opener mechanism when I brought the garage door down! (Caught it just in the knick of time!...lol)
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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sorry to hear of this happening. Now ill keep it in the back of my mind, and hopefully it wont happen to me. thanks for the words and pictures of wisdom
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:00 PM   #4
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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This has probably been posted somewhere here (but couldn't find it), but regardless I figured someone could benefit from my stupidity.

What you see below is what you'll end up doing if you open your hood while the wiper arms are up in the "cleaning" position. I'm repairing a 2" paint scrape on the right side, and repairing a vinyl stripe on the left. Those wiper arms have no mercy on that hood edge. Not the kinda thing I wanted to be doing @ 1200 miles. Sad thing is, I made a mental note NOT to leave the wipers up two washes ago. I was daydreaming and this is the result.

You 5th gen veterans are probably well aware of this, but I figured I'd post for the new guys like me.
If it's any consolation, I did the same thing to my first convertible. Right around the same mileage too. Not a single paint chip or mark on the wiper blades. Nope, the hood took all the brunt of it. Like yours, I had about a 2" scrape on the back edge of the hood on the passenger side and a 1/4" chip on the curve of the hood scoop on the drivers side.

I applied touch up paint every day for almost a month and then had a body shop wet sand the spots. Didn't like the way it turned out so I ended up biting the bullet and having the hood repainted. The hood looked good as new afterward.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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Fortunately, it's all on the edge. I realized what was happening before I went to far with the hood. It should repair up nicely, and nobody would have noticed it but me. I take a little solace in knowing I'm not alone in my blunder. It's very easy to do, actually.

Still, I feel like a complete idiot.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:32 PM   #8
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I did the same thing... And because of the custom paint (scratch went through about 9 layers of paint, all the way to the metal), the only way to fix it without it looking like a scab was to re-paint the whole hood. almost $900 later, and I know I'll never do that again!!!
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:44 PM   #9
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Ouch!

If it makes you feel any better - doing that with a 4th gen would have in all likelihood broken the windshield!





(........not that I'd have ever done something like that......:(
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:02 PM   #10
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Ouch!

If it makes you feel any better - doing that with a 4th gen would have in all likelihood broken the windshield!





(........not that I'd have ever done something like that......:(
Yikes!

Almost screwed up my Firebird like that - as I was raising the hood, my neighbor hollered at me to stop, just in time. Whewwww.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #11
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Lots of us have done that, probably more then will admit. Lucky for me there was no damage, not even the 2 time. There will not be a 3rd time!


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Old 05-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #12
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That would make me sick. It's one of those horror stories that happens and you think,"That'll never happen to me." Then that fateful day...BAM!!

Best of luck with that repair
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:19 PM   #13
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Yup. Happened to me too. Man, was that embarrassing.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #14
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It's not totally the owner's or the wiper's fault!...Has anybody opened their hood as much with another car compared to these?...lol...Its GM's fault for making a car that we want to admire the engine so much!!!...lol
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:30 PM   #15
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Don't feel bad...I had my car up on stands for an oil change. Hood was up, and I almost wiped it out with the opener mechanism when I brought the garage door down! (Caught it just in the knick of time!...lol)
Eww,That would have been bad....very,very bad
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LOL glad i'm not the only one..... I was showing my girlfriend how to detail a car when i did this.... had a dumb moment and being occupied with her explaining things to her i forgot to put my wipers down before raising the hood and sccrraaaatttccchhh :(
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #17
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When I did it, my hubby said "I'm so glad you did that and not me...." Now I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Makes me feel (a little) better....
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Ouch!

If it makes you feel any better - doing that with a 4th gen would have in all likelihood broken the windshield!





(........not that I'd have ever done something like that......:(
No..... You'd NEVER do that....
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Done it, and have the chip to prove it =(

My worst mistake was leaving my oil cap on the shock tower and closing the hood.... DENT.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:32 PM   #21
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Done it, and have the chip to prove it =(

My worst mistake was leaving my oil cap on the shock tower and closing the hood.... DENT.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:53 PM   #23
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Sorry to say ME too. Only thing is I caught it quickly and only abraded my stripe edge ever so quickly.Cant hardly tell.Makes you mad as H--L though.Forget for a moment and wow.Now when I wash I make it a point to NEVER leave them in the up position and walk away from them.I hurts for sure.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:55 PM   #24
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Thank god my hood does not open that direction. Don't pay attention to this sig pic. Things have changed
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:20 PM   #25
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strych9:

In your picture, I see a can of what looks like it says: "Plasti-Dip". Were you able to find it in Rally Yellow? Please let me know where you got that touch up spray paint can so I can find one someday if ever needed.

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