Originally Posted by MattTHEpainter
Sounds like you've done your homework. Are you bringing the affected area down to bare metal, then feathering out the existing base / clear? When you say light coats, how light are you talking?
If the clear is coming off with just normal water pressure there is an underlying problem. Has the quarters/ deck lid been repainted?
There is no sense in painting on top of a poor foundation, it will eventually flake off. Your best bet is stripping and starting fresh.
Yes, I sanded it down to bare metal, then feathered the 'edge' so to speak. From the center I could see bare metal, then about an inch of primer, and lastly the base/clear coat. All transitions were smooth to the touch. After feathering the section, water wouldn't lift the paint...only the spray paint would. Since it was a small area, I held the can about 12" away in a quick sweeping motion. I'd say about 40% coverage for the first coat (I would do two coats of the etching primer before filler primer).
As far as I know, there's no repainted/repaired sections. The paint looks uniform throughout the whole body. There's no noticeable 'blending' around the door jams. I figured the paint started lifting due to Subaru's horrible quality paint, plus 250k miles lol.
If I do need to start over, I guess it's time to go widebody.