What have you done to your CX-5 today?

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CX5 GT-R
Full hood, partial roof, partial fender, full bumper and headlights, and mirror cap as well as piano black on the pillars getting wrapped today.
 

ColoradoDriver

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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Full hood, partial roof, partial fender, full bumper and headlights, and mirror cap as well as piano black on the pillars getting wrapped today.
Good call. I still don't get why they put piano black trim on the pillars. How easy does that get scratched up. Hell run it through a car wash once.
 
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2018, Mazda, CX-5, Snowflake Pearl, Grand Touring
Yeah, agreed, but that's not most people. I just don't understand an exterior piano black trim.

The reason black is used between the windows is for aesthetic purposes. It makes the vehicle look much sleeker with the glass blending in the entire length of the vehicle. This is true, especially if the glass has after market tint.

If mine get scratched or get the spider web look, I use white polishing compound, followed up with a good wax. Also I am very careful to only use the softest of cotton towels to clean off the wax. When dusting off the car with a "California" type duster mop, I am careful not to touch the black ABS plastic trim pieces.

Since the black ABS is also on the top of our center consoles and all 4 door switches, I have installed genuine stainless steel to cover those. There is no scratching those.

In the past, I have owned 2 VW, CCs, a 2009 and a 2013. Instead of using black plastic, they use metal panels that have been factory painted. There is no problem with scratching.

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Chris_Top_Her

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'15 CX-5 Miata AWD
I have found, some stick on Mazda logo emblems on the bay and place them on top of the XXR cap.

I was actually looking for Mazda center caps, but they are all too small (OEM sizing). I might just do that; put a mazda sticker instead of the XXR logo (which itself is a sticker).
 
Had the windows tinted and car ceramic coated. Will get PPF and a dash cam next

Good call. I still don't get why they put piano black trim on the pillars. How easy does that get scratched up. Hell run it through a car wash once.

Mine were already scratched, new from the dealership. The guys that ceramic coated my car buffed them out.
 
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2014 CX-5 Touring
The reason black is used between the windows is for aesthetic purposes. It makes the vehicle look much sleeker with the glass blending in the entire length of the vehicle. This is true, especially if the glass has after market tint.

If mine get scratched or get the spider web look, I use white polishing compound, followed up with a good wax. Also I am very careful to only use the softest of cotton towels to clean off the wax. When dusting off the car with a "California" type duster mop, I am careful not to touch the black ABS plastic trim pieces.

Since the black ABS is also on the top of our center consoles and all 4 door switches, I have installed genuine stainless steel to cover those. There is no scratching those.

In the past, I have owned 2 VW, CCs, a 2009 and a 2013. Instead of using black plastic, they use metal panels that have been factory painted. There is no problem with scratching.

Those car dusters scratch the crap out of car paint/clearcoat. I used them 20 years ago, but haven't since I learned of the damage they can cause. Nothing EVER touches my cars' painted surfaces unless there is some sort of liquid lubrication present, preferably some type of soap or polymer-based product like Beadmaker.
 
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2019 CX-5 White Pearl Sig
Those car dusters scratch the crap out of car paint/clearcoat. I used them 20 years ago, but haven't since I learned of the damage they can cause.


If you damaged the paint or clearcoat with a car duster I think the problem was on the end of the handle. Car dusters are used at car shows everywhere on vehicles with far more value than any Mazda. Use only the California Car Duster brand and follow the instructions to the letter. I've been using them for at least twenty years and have never damaged the finish on any car.
 
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2014 CX-5 Touring
If you damaged the paint or clearcoat with a car duster I think the problem was on the end of the handle. Car dusters are used at car shows everywhere on vehicles with far more value than any Mazda. Use only the California Car Duster brand and follow the instructions to the letter. I've been using them for at least twenty years and have never damaged the finish on any car.

I guarantee you are introducing swirl marks into the finish. If you don't see them it's probably because the finish was swirled already and you can't see the additional swirls. And believe me the LARGE majority of cars at shows have swirled paint just like everyone else. If you haven't had a full on paint correction done to the car then there is almost certainly marring and swirls to some degree. I have seen a California car duster demonstrated on freshly corrected paint. It left the paint with marring after it was used (correctly) the first time. And Japanese car paint is notoriously on the soft side which means it swirls up even easier than other, harder paints such as from German makes.
 

ColoradoDriver

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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Got some outstanding news today.

Police called me back today. They found the traffic cam footage of the lady who hit me. Thing is, she hit two more people after me and she stopped. Got tickets, reports, the whole shebang (I think she should have her license revoked). So when the police reviewed the camera footage, they knew exactly who hit me and called me back with her name, phone number, insurance carrier (Progressive), and her policy number.

Claim filed! Now for some estimates...
 

shadonoz

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State of Jefferson
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2017 CX-5 GT AWD+
Got some outstanding news today.

Police called me back today. They found the traffic cam footage of the lady who hit me. Thing is, she hit two more people after me and she stopped. Got tickets, reports, the whole shebang (I think she should have her license revoked). So when the police reviewed the camera footage, they knew exactly who hit me and called me back with her name, phone number, insurance carrier (Progressive), and her policy number.

Claim filed! Now for some estimates...

That is awesome, congratulations!
 
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2014 QX70 AWD
Congratulations CD. I got sideswiped on the highway once and the kid ran. But luckily turned himself in 2-3 hours later after his dad ordered him back to the police station.
 

ColoradoDriver

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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
That is awesome, congratulations!
Thanks!

Made my day honestly. With a $1000 deductible I was looking up replacement rear bumpers online to just do it myself, but was still $600 - $700 depending on if it was painted or not painted. Was then thinking of looking up and seeing if any car yards had CX-5s I could rip a bumper off of (they don't). Then decided id just get the paint polished up and live with the other scratches.

Now that I got the claim in, I expect all the trim, rear bumper to be replaced as well as my now scratched to hell rear drivers side wheel.
 

yrwei52

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Plano, Texas, USA
Got hit and run clipped by a red light runner (or he had shitty tires and couldn't stop in the snowstorm tonight).

Pissed. Bit damage is not too bad.
Got some outstanding news today.

Police called me back today. They found the traffic cam footage of the lady who hit me. Thing is, she hit two more people after me and she stopped. Got tickets, reports, the whole shebang (I think she should have her license revoked). So when the police reviewed the camera footage, they knew exactly who hit me and called me back with her name, phone number, insurance carrier (Progressive), and her policy number.

Claim filed! Now for some estimates...
Somehow I missed your first post and didnt know you got hit-and-run accident weeks ago.

Youre lucky indeed. Wife also involved a hit-and-run accident a while ago. A car slided into my wifes car in freezing winter and he stopped and checked out the damage. He asked my wife if she got hurt and she said no. He told wife hes going back to his car getting the insurance card. Instead he simply just sped away. Wife saw the plate number and reported to police. The police by our surprise didnt want to do anything about it as nobody got hurt. They also refused to check license plate number tracing the car owner so that we could file insurance claim against him. Thiss Richardson PD so people in DFW area know.
 

ColoradoDriver

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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Somehow I missed your first post and didnt know you got hit-and-run accident weeks ago.

Youre lucky indeed. Wife also involved a hit-and-run accident a while ago. A car slided into my wifes car in freezing winter and he stopped and checked out the damage. He asked my wife if she got hurt and she said no. He told wife hes going back to his car getting the insurance card. Instead he simply just sped away. Wife saw the plate number and reported to police. The police by our surprise didnt want to do anything about it as nobody got hurt. They also refused to check license plate number tracing the car owner so that we could file insurance claim against him. Thiss Richardson PD so people in DFW area know.
Yikes, that's awful to hear.