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I have kust ober 2000 miles on my "E" so far and I scratched the rear plastic fender the first week I had it, by getting too close to a jagged hedge in my driveway. I actually wasn't that up[set about it initially, since I assumed the material was easy to repair. I tried a plastic cleaner/polish from the dealer which did nothing but leave a white residue. The the detailer at the dealership used lacquer thinner and armorall (non-oliy) on the spot and it had actually disappeared(which is what I expected when I bought the car. Fingernail scratches will disappear with this method too but deep scratches would be another thing. But then if it was a painted surface, you'd be in the same boat anyway! The Element has some design "issues", but it's still a great car, fun to drive, and gets more attention than anything else on the road (which pisses a lot of people off....apparently). It's NOT a hummer (thank God!) THERE's a dumb car!
 

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My first scratch < gouge > was when a parked car gouged 2 round holes in the back of my bumper from his license plate screws! Lucky the bumper trim i set aside < it was finally 60 degrees here >, covered the 2 small screw gouges :D I knew the trim will come in handy.
 

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I actually prefer the plain black bumper surrounds to color keyed bumpers. My back bumper on my current car has tons on screw marks from people who bumper car park and after a little protectant, they're not noticeable.

Glad to hear the bumper trim can help, I have that. Now if only my car would arrive.
 
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