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Old 01-13-2002, 08:53 PM   #1
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I posted this earlier on alt.autos.subaru, but figured I might have better luck here...

Anybody else with an Aspen White '02 WRX please do me a favor. Look very closely at the finish and see if you spot tiny black dots in the paint. You might only notice them when the car is very clean (you have to look really closely -- I didn't notice them when I took delivery of the car on a bright sunny day).

I've had my car for a week and noticed the flecks when I washed it yesterday. They are absolutely tiny, like extremely fine pinpricks. And they are widely dispersed across the vehicle maybe one or two every square inch). I suspect these are minuscule iron filings that somehow got blown into the finish as the clearcoat was being applied at the factory. A few actually look rust-colored.

So here are my questions: Did you notice this on your car? Did you
alert the dealer? What kind of response did you get? Is it worth
having the car buffed and/or re-clearcoated? I may take mine in Monday. The dealership (Liberty Subaru, Oradell, NJ) is closed today.

I had a silver '96 Mistubishi Galant that I vaguely recall having the
same problem. That car was leased, though, and I didn't worry too much about the finish.
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Old 01-13-2002, 10:18 PM   #2
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I cant help you with the paint thing, since my car is blue and all, but here is something you might wanna know. Under NYS law, in the first thity days of purchase, you can return the vehicle to the dealership, and get all your money back. Just incase you are given a hard time....

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Old 01-14-2002, 12:20 PM   #3
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Talked to service manager. He says they can "probably get it out with some elbow grease" and if not, "we'll go from there." Basically, they're just going to wash and wax the car. Any harm in letting them try? I'm trying to be agreeable in this case, reserving any hostility for any more significant problems that (hopefully won't) occur down the road.
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Old 01-14-2002, 02:30 PM   #4
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Talked to service manager. He says they can "probably get it out with some elbow grease" and if not, "we'll go from there." Basically, they're just going to wash and wax the car. Any harm in letting them try? I'm trying to be agreeable in this case, reserving any hostility for any more significant problems that (hopefully won't) occur down the road.
I heard a rumor that Subaru has halted production on Aspen White WRX's due to a paint problem at the factory.

I have an AW WRX Wagon and have noticed no such flecks, and I've examined the vehicle pretty closely. However, I did take delivery of my WRX about three months ago.
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Old 01-14-2002, 04:39 PM   #5
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I've had two Aspen White WRXs and don't have this problem.
Also bought an Aspen White OBS for my mum, no paint problem there either.

Photos?

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Old 01-14-2002, 04:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback.

I'll see what I can do about photos. Like I said, these are tiny flaws -- not sure they'll show in a digital photo. But you can actually feel them through the clearcoat. I'll see if I can wax them off, since that's what the dealer is going to try first, anyway.
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Old 01-14-2002, 04:52 PM   #7
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Try clay barring it first, that should remove the spots if its on top of the paint.
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Old 01-15-2002, 05:24 AM   #8
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I haven't noticed anything like that on my Aspen White, but I'll check more closely tomorrow and let you know what I see.
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Old 01-15-2002, 10:00 AM   #9
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Default Yes I have it....

I have the marks you are speaking of. I noticed it the first time I washed it, kinda made me mad. I used a paint cleaner and if I rubbed hard enough it would come off, but that would take all day. I am going to try the clay bar method in the spring. I got my WRX in October and the car was at the dealer a while. No one wanted it because it's automatic. Anyway, I think it may just be industrial fallout and dirt, etc. that has been baked into the paint by the sun hitting it all day. The cars at dealers are really not washed all that well or frequent enough. Does your entire front bumper have paint??? May sound funny me asking that but my front bumper below the driver side foglight has just enough white on it the cover. No clear coat at all, not really a big deal I guess, it wont rust or anything and it's hard to see. I knew because I felt it when washing.
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Old 01-15-2002, 10:17 AM   #10
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I feel better knowing I'm not the only one with the problem. I believe my bumper is fully painted -- I'll let you know if it's not. My car actually was fresh on the lot and hadn't even been prepped to drive; I bought it maybe two days after it got there. Guess it's possible someone had ordered it and then refused the car.
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Old 01-15-2002, 09:22 PM   #11
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I just went out and looked carefully for tiny black dots in my Aspen White paint... didn't see any.

My manufacture date is 7/01. What about you guys?
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Old 01-16-2002, 02:56 PM   #12
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Where on the car will it show manufacture date?
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Old 01-16-2002, 08:04 PM   #13
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Where on the car will it show manufacture date?
Open driver side door, and look on the bottom of the b-pillar. There should be a metal plate there with the manufacture date.
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Old 01-17-2002, 11:54 AM   #14
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Went to a body shop to get a second opinion. (D&C Auto Body, Tenafly, NJ -- did some great work on cars I've had in the past.) Guy tried a little super-fine rubbing compound. The specks come off, but they leave a tiny crater in their wake. Not sure if I really want to press the issue or just enjoy the car.

By the way, my metal stamp inside the driver's side door bears no date.
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