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Old 06-21-2011, 03:20 PM   #1
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Anyone got an easy way to fix the clear coat on the hood scoop and STi wing? Those two parts on my car are faded and really stand out when the car is in the sun. I'm was thinking that I could buy some clear coat (in a rattle can?) from somewhere like orielys and just pull the scoop and wing off my car, do a light sanding and respray some clear coat.

Its not so bad that its peeling off or anything. Just that the top of the wing and the whole hood scoop is slightly lighter in color and less shiny compared to the rest of the car.

And another small question.. is there two colors of silver that subaru made in 2006? Every other sliver wrx I see is a darker silver than mine.

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Old 06-21-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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Try a polish first. This should help bring out the color and just spraying clear coat might not solve the issue.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:46 AM   #3
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I've waxed them and it helps a bit but once the wax gets washed off its right back to the same thing. I might be able to get some pics up if it will help.
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:02 AM   #4
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i need to fix and keep this from happening again!



and thats a Seibon Cf trunk.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:38 AM   #5
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Is your still smooth to the touch like the rest of the car? Cause thats kinda what mine looks like just not that bad
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:14 AM   #6
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I've waxed them and it helps a bit but once the wax gets washed off its right back to the same thing. I might be able to get some pics up if it will help.
Wax has no abrasive properties to fix your problem, so it won't work. Try polishing the panel with some rubbing compound.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:55 AM   #7
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Is your still smooth to the touch like the rest of the car? Cause thats kinda what mine looks like just not that bad
yes mine is still smooth, just started turning white like what you see in the pic a few months ago and now its just about the entire top of the trunk. i have been waxing the car like normal and i really hope that the hood does not do the same thing!
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:19 PM   #8
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Wax has no abrasive properties to fix your problem, so it won't work. Try polishing the panel with some rubbing compound.
I have access to some compounds at my work (porter at a mazda dealer). Maybe I'll give it a shot tomorrow if I get a chance. Before and after pics if I remember too. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:19 PM   #9
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If the clear is gone, and you take anything abrasive to the paint, you are just going to be removing the paint.

If you work for a car dealer, do they have a detailer you can consult?
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:32 AM   #10
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There are two silvers for 2006, Steel Gray Metallic or Crystal Gray Metallic. CGM should be the lighter of the two. As far as the fading goes, a good polish or rubbing compound should help bring back the shine. You will know right away though if the clear is gone as you will see paint transfer to your applicator. If you don't see paint transfer, continue with the buffing. Make sure to put a few more coats on those sections as well as the trunk, hood and roof as they are typically subjected to the most sun on the car.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:31 AM   #11
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Oh ok. I thought my car was the darker silver when I bought it but it was starting to get dark when I bought it soo yea haha either way never again will I buy a silver sports car. Too boring of a color.

I still haven't had a chance to get at our detailing supplies. We have been busy. Though all our stuff is in un labeled bottles and its usually the other guy who who does the buffing since hes like a freaken god at it. So I'll have to talk to someone about the different levels of compound we have. I know we have 1-3 but they aren't labeled.

Thanks for the advise though!
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:02 AM   #12
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i got some serious egg damage to my clear coat any suggestions.

sorry to jack thread but this sucks...
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:35 AM   #13
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Don't worry about the thread jack. Any clear coat questions can go here lol
I'm guessing that if its not too deep, like just the top layer of clear coat, you could probably just buff it out.
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:05 AM   #14
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you can say that silver is boring all you want..but all of my subie friends are always jealous of how clean my PSM always looks
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:15 AM   #15
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White is right.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:57 AM   #16
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How about rock chips on the front edge of my hood? I'm fairly sure most of them are not through to the paint, and it looks pretty awful.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:27 PM   #17
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I understand that some sort of polish or rubbing compound can be used, but has anyone used these with a dremel tool? Or would one specifically need a buffer/polisher? Just thinking of what I already have in the garage..
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:12 PM   #18
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^ That sounds like a bad idea lol.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:41 AM   #19
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Not unless you plan on sticking a an 8" buffing pad on that dremel.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:19 PM   #20
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I've noticed that most things my dremel touches are usually destroyed by the end of the project and there's alot of cussing going on. I think I shall keep it away from the car.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:39 PM   #21
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^^^ A Dremel....just because your dremel comes with a "polishing wheel" does NOT mean you use it on your car.

Ok, i'm going to need you to post some pictures to give any sort of accurate advice.

Post two of each of the problem areas:

1 of hood scoop (close up) followed by a pic of the scoop with a large portion of the hood included. Then do the same with the spoiler.

Sounds like oxidation and is easily repairable.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:23 PM   #22
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i got some serious egg damage to my clear coat any suggestions.

sorry to jack thread but this sucks...
You are probably stuck with most of the damage from the egg. If you can catch the paint with a fingernail where the egg etched you are going to have to live with some of it or touch it up with a kit like Dr. Colorchip Road Rash Paint Chip Repair Kit. Usually for anything etched into the clear and down to the base, which most egg etching marks I have seen are, require compounding at the least to make the better and some sort of paint touch up to blend it in better. Becareful what compound you use on Subie paint as compounding damaged areas by hand can still cut through the clear. If you do end up compounding it yourself, do not use a rubbing compound that is not labeled as clear coat safe. 3M makes a rubbing compound that is body shop/clear coat safe. However, Turtle Wax makes a compound/rubbing compound that is not intended for clear coat paint therefore is not clear coat safe. If you don't know ask someone that does, i.e. post your questions on here. Regardless of if that area gets corrected or not(whether by you or a professional) it needs to have wax/paint sealant applied it on a regular basis to give it extra protection from the sun damaging the paint further.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:11 AM   #23
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just put clear coat on my hood, and it looks like ****..
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