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Old 08-16-2010, 10:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy Lots of paint chips, what to do?

The previous owner of my car didn't take very good care of it (clutch is bad too)

I've got probably 30-40 chips on my hood/front bumper, and probably 20-30 in random other places across the rest of the car. There are fairly large parts (1inch by 5 inches) of the bottom driver side bumper that is all the way down to the black under the paint.

Should I bother trying to fix these myself? I guess I'm looking at tons of work to do that. Would it be worth it to have the whole thing repainted? I have no idea how much a good paint job will cost.

The rest of the paint besides the chips is in basically perfect condition. After I polish/wax, it looks basically brand new from a small distance.

Anyone got any advice? I can post pics tomorrow if requested.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:54 PM   #2
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subaru paint sucks
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:01 PM   #3
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Yeah, I know that

This is my second wrx.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:09 PM   #4
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Well I'm no car care guru by any means, but unless you are planing on forking out $1000+ for a decent paint job, my advice would be to hit the chips with touch up paint (to prevent rust) and just deal with our crappy paint.

I was lucky enough to have a factory clear front end cover applied to my WRX. Yet there are still PLENTY of chips and scratches in my oh so soft Java Black Pearl.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:28 PM   #5
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:54 PM   #6
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I concur ^ I use it on both my cars and it works very well.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:16 AM   #7
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Seems too good to be true. Any pictures of before and after of your vehicle?
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:20 AM   #8
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I bought the Dr. Color Chip but have been too lazy to put it on. Way too lazy. Maybe next week. I will post pics if it works.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:53 AM   #9
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What if there is already rust on the chips? What should I do?
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:14 AM   #10
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Seems too good to be true. Any pictures of before and after of your vehicle?
These are pics that someone posted up on here after trying Drcolorchip. His quotes are included as well. I remember posting about this on another website.

"Craptastic Subaru paint! EPA regs apparently required water-based paint from 2008 on and Subaru's quality slipped from C- to F. My '08 STI had more chips after 20k miles than a Frito-Lay delivery truck (on the rear hatch even):

This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 1600x1200 and is 236KB.

About two hours worth of easy work with this $50 kit and it looks like this:

his image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 1600x1200 and is 191KB.

It now passes the 'five foot test' with flying colors. You need to squat down and squint to see any defects. Thought I'd spread the word about a cool product I'd never heard of before. "



I don't know where his thread is, but I think it is in the "detailing" section somewhere.

This isn't his link but, you can check this out as well.

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Old 08-18-2010, 02:07 AM   #11
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get some of the same color nail polish it does the trick quite well!
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