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Old 10-12-2001, 01:03 PM   #1
Shinshiki-WRX
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Question Help with Paint question!!

Okay guys, I'm completing the deal on a WRX within a few weeks. I just wanted to ask a question about paint before I signed my life away. My current car is a Civic Si. The paint on Civics (actually Hondas in general) is low quality. It looks nice, but the littlest things will chip it and then the rust sets in. My question is about the WRX's paint. Being a Subaru (rally specialists) I would think that they have a nice, thick, high quality paint on them. Would I be correct? Also, I noticed in another thread that the black paint is thinner on the WRX than the other colors...any comments/compliants on the Aspen White. It's the color I'd like to go with.

Thanks in advance!

Jeff
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Old 10-12-2001, 02:09 PM   #2
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I've heard that the paint on all the WRX's is pretty
chinsy, but I only own one (black)

The black does feel thin - friend of mine works at
a car wash place, ran his fingers over it like 3-4
weeks after I got it and was like "This needs to
be detailed..." Anyhow, I was riding behind a semi
and a confederate-flag laced truck a couple weeks
ago, and it was a constant 'ping...dink!...boink!'
from rocks and debris hitting my car. However, after
the trip I got out and looked, and only noticed
one small chip on the front, and no window
cracking or anything else (another complaint).
So YMMV, as always...

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Old 10-12-2001, 03:19 PM   #3
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I've also notice the paint is thinner than most other manufacturer...

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Old 10-12-2001, 03:36 PM   #4
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Unfortunately you're wrong on your assumption. The paint on the Subaru's like many other imports is extremely thin and cheap. It's been written numerous times on this forum that the paint is easily chipped. Most attribute the paint issues to a combination of manufacturer's having to meet the rigourus environmental regulations and cost.

Don't let this deter you from buying a WRX, just invest in a ClearBra and it should be fine.
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Old 10-12-2001, 05:50 PM   #5
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The paint quality will in no way deter me from getting my Scooby. Hell, I've put up with Honda's cheap paint since 1995 so another car with thin paint is no big deal. With proper care and using a front end cover on long trips, I've managed to go two years on my current Civic without any chips at all. I'm quite impressed...after all, it is a Honda!
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Old 10-12-2001, 07:04 PM   #6
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If you let the Honda paint problems go too long, they get that foggy look fungus going on and within a year it spreads all over the car. Hate that look. Luckily I dumped by 85 Accord before that all happened in time to trade it in for a 90 Civic Si.

No paint was going to help my Si. It was totalled after hitting a Ford F250.

Just invest in the InvicaShield or StonGaurd products that are applied directly to all the leading edges of your car. Total including installation is about $500.

It works great for a daily driver car but I'm not sure how it would hold up to rigorous rallying.

Congrats on the new car!
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