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Old 02-26-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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First off, I don't think that this is either fallout or rail dust.

I looked at my STI this morning and noticed a orangeish splotch that was on the front bumper. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be composed of a lot of little spots. It feels rough to the touch, but is an indentation in the paint, not something deposited on top. Lightly scratching at the surface rewarded me with small flecks of black paint coming off, which leads me to believe that whatever these spots are, they are just exposing the primer underneath. So using a claybar to fix this would do more harm than good.

I know it's been a nasty winter here in the northeast, so I'm not ruling out some kind of corrosion due to salt or something like that, but I think that the whole patch is too nice and neat for it to be a random aggregation of individual spots. The car has pretty much been covered in road salt for the past two weeks though...

What could this be from? And can I just treat it like a scratch that is down to the primer?

Pictures below (sorry for the road salt and other junk on the bumper):







Any info would be great.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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I bet you bumped one of those yellow cinder block stoppers! Or someone parallel parked and bumped you that way. Primer is usually grey/black before suby paint is it not?

One of those blocks did a nice number to my last bumper but it wasn't yellow.

Are you sure those are indentations not deposits? It will still feel rough for both cases... you could try a buffer if you have access.
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:19 PM   #3
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They're definitely indentations rather than deposits. I did a bit more poking around and I discovered that whatever the orange/yellow color is, it's underneath the color coat. If I lightly scratch at the edge, the paint flakes away revealing more of the orange underneath. I haven't bumped into anything that I know of, but it is possible that someone bumped into me. The orange is definitely under the color coat however.
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