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Old 10-12-2006, 03:31 PM   #1
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The paint on my 2002 WRX is chipping underneath the intake on the hood. It just gets worse everytime I wash it. I tried to find out if I can get it re-painted under some type of extended warrenty but have found nothing. Does anyone have any suggestions. I didn't buy the car from a dealer, but the previous owner had no problems. The nearest dealer is miles away and it's going to cost an arm and a leg to get it painted out of my pocket since it's eletric blue.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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Is the paint itself coming off and leaving primer behind, or are both coming off?
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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The warranty on paint defects is 3 years or 36,000 miles, unless its rust.

Is it chipping due to rocks, or "peeling/flaking" off?

It sounds like the hood scoop may have been painted.
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:23 PM   #4
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FYI being "electric blue" has nothing to do with the cost of the paint. All paint costs the same within a few bucks here and there.

Its World Rally Blue by the way

But Sedona Red and Platinum Silver are the bestest colors

Got any pics of the damage?
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Old 10-16-2006, 01:39 PM   #5
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I think both are coming off, it's exposing a white plasic. It's just flaking off.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:38 AM   #6
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I have WRB 2002 WRX and the paint on my hoodscoop completely peeled off. Anywhere a rock chipped it the paint would just peel off the grey primer underneath. I was able to completely remove all the paint with just a hose after I got sick of constantly trying to fix it. The hoodscoop plastic is black, so if you are seeing white or grey it is probably the primer. In the case of mine the WRB paint never bonded to the primer as evidenced by how easily it came off with just a hose. The places I had used touchup paint did not come off and were bonded to the primer, so it has to be something with the original paint or painting process. I stripped the entire thing and just painted it black with Krylon paint designed for plastic surfaces. It worked really well and the black actually looks pretty good. I figured if it came out like crap I would just get it painted at a shop, but I am happy with the result. My car is obviously well past any warranty so I never pursued it with the dealer or Subaru.
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:55 AM   #7
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I have WRB 2002 WRX and the paint on my hoodscoop completely peeled off. Anywhere a rock chipped it the paint would just peel off the grey primer underneath. I was able to completely remove all the paint with just a hose after I got sick of constantly trying to fix it. The hoodscoop plastic is black, so if you are seeing white or grey it is probably the primer. In the case of mine the WRB paint never bonded to the primer as evidenced by how easily it came off with just a hose. The places I had used touchup paint did not come off and were bonded to the primer, so it has to be something with the original paint or painting process. I stripped the entire thing and just painted it black with Krylon paint designed for plastic surfaces. It worked really well and the black actually looks pretty good. I figured if it came out like crap I would just get it painted at a shop, but I am happy with the result. My car is obviously well past any warranty so I never pursued it with the dealer or Subaru.

I am in the exact same boat. I figure I'll just step up to an sti scoop instead of repainting..
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:40 AM   #8
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I am in the exact same boat. I figure I'll just step up to an sti scoop instead of repainting..
I might do that at some point and it crossed my mind, I just didn't want to throw the money at it right now. It looks pretty good painted black because there is actually quite a bit of black trim around the windshield anyway. People that don't know the car don't even notice it. The paint I used was called Krylon Fusion and it was the shiny black as opposed to matte in case anyone else was thinking of trying it. It ends up looking like the other black trim on the car.

edit: fixed typo.

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Old 10-23-2006, 03:59 PM   #9
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I know what you mean - money, money, money. I was going to let it sit there and strip off all the paint it wanted, but it really does look terrible so I decided I couldn't stand it

Just purchased V7 scoop and splitter this morning.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:58 PM   #10
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I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with a FUBAR hood scoop.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:44 PM   #11
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Haha, I installed my hood scoop today and it looks so big
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