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Old 06-09-2011, 05:33 AM   #1
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Default How hard is 02-03 WRX paint?

Greetings all, I just picked up a WRB bugeye recently. Haven't detailed in probably around 9 months now since I've moved out of city and all of my equipment is at my parents place. I'm going to be visiting there this weekend and hopefully getting a solid day of work on the paint.

My question for those that have worked on 02-03s, how hard is WRX paint? I've worked on tons of other cars, so even comparisons to other manufacturers and models will suffice. Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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....as you know, it's all relative but I would describe the paint as quite "soft" (in regard to how prone it is to marring). I had an '03 WRX (MBP; black) for 8 years. Correction was fairly easy IMO/IME but the paint was quite sensitive to most things that contacted it. Towel choice and technique are always important IMO, but more so with that car. ....one of the things I don't miss about it. My Challenger that replaced it is also black but the paint is quite a bit "harder" (resistant to scratching). ....not as hard as some GM's I've corrected but way better than my WRX.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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I have to agree with kean, the clear coat is one of the softest I've ever worked with
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:37 PM   #4
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Fantastic! Softer than say, 99-00 Civic paint, if you've worked on those? Those were probably the easiest correction jobs I've had to do.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:36 PM   #5
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Much softer, my wife had an 00 Civic EX when we first started dating and that was rock hard compared to any/every WRX I've done.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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Fantastic! Softer than say, 99-00 Civic paint, if you've worked on those? Those were probably the easiest correction jobs I've had to do.
Yeah... definitely softer (wife had a silver '99 EX coupe when we got married).
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:06 PM   #7
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I'm looking forward to working on it on Monday now! Hopefully will be painting my sideskirts WRB at the same time as well. Stay tuned for pics in a few days.
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:22 PM   #8
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Yeah, be careful, subaru paint is not the toughest
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