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Old 07-10-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
jakepeters
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Question Paint coming off of door handle area

2004 Silver WRX wagon

This paint condition started about 2 years ago.

It is like the paint is wearing off of the top edge of the door handle module, but obviously there is no mechanical wear in this area.

It seems like weather and/or sun damage is causing the paint to fail. All 4 door handles have this issue.



Q1) Any ideas on how to fix this or minimize further loss of paint?

Q2) Anyone else experience this issue?

Trying to patch paint a metallic paint has never worked for me. The change in the "color" and the transitions are both horrible.

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Old 08-11-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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Bump ....


I was going to post a thread with the EXACT same issue.

This is also on a 2004 PSM wagon. My problem seems to be isolated to the drivers side for some reason. There is no opportunity for any abbrasion of any sort that would cause my paint to wear off like this. It does seem to be sun or weather related.

I have thought about touch up paint, but that would end up looking crappy.

Can these plastic parts of the door be replaced separately?
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:31 AM   #3
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mine does it on the door handle where ive opened the door thousands of times and its just the way my hand rubs the handle. i have an 02 psm. They make a color match for psm and you dont have to clear coat it.


you can also buy a replacement handle....

the color code is 01G. paintscratch.com sells stuff too
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #4
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Do you have to buy the whole handle or can just the "surround" area be purchased?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:42 PM   #5
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Happened to my car and my buddy's PSM 05 too. It's inevitable. Pull it off and repaint it. I had one replaced under warranty. Just came back a few years later.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:02 PM   #6
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Me too. 04 PSM wagon. As a DD it does not bother me.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:10 PM   #7
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You don't need to buy new door handles, as they're not going to come painted out of the box. If you can't deal with the down time, buy some from a junkyard and have a local body shop spray them, it'll probably cost a few hundred bucks tops.

Mine are doing the same thing, well the rear driver's side. It looks like crap up close
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