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Old 09-04-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default Is this Subaru paint crap or what??

Maybe it's because I've moved to a more populated area but this paint is not holding up to anything! I got the paint pen from duplicolor and that seems to help the chips but I have no choice for the front bumper unless I repaint it. I've had the car since february and for the bumper to look like this already is crazy!! I've had other cars and they have held up better
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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Yeah, Subaru paint is notoriously ****ty.
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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I've given up on my front bumper. My next Subaru's first mod Is the clear bra.

Around teh whole car
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:46 PM   #4
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Jeez first mod should be quality re* paint job lol.. I just hate that right under the paint is white. Really shows on red car. Can't imagine a black car
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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I've never had a car with worse paint than the 2011 impeza. My 2002 forester was better than this and even that was bad. It's so bad it's almost a joke. This car is only 8 months old and the hood looks worse than my 11 year old honda. They should ship the car with a clear bra on the entire front end.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:07 PM   #6
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im getting a quote for full vinyl wrap. change of color was main reason
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:08 PM   #7
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Jeez first mod should be quality re* paint job lol.. I just hate that right under the paint is white. Really shows on red car. Can't imagine a black car
its bad i find little scratches (daily) all over my ****ing brand new car. Vinyl wrap is hopefully a descent remedy.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:23 PM   #8
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Agree, best you can do is mask it with some touch up paint. Also, I heard if you vinyl wrap over rock chips and such it won't necessarily cover it up. At this point I'll touch-up every so often. if it really start to bother me I'll pull the front bumper off for a sanding and re-spray.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:33 PM   #9
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My door handle is turning white from opening my door.Never had that happen to me on any car
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:14 PM   #10
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My door handle is turning white from opening my door.Never had that happen to me on any car
Within a month my brand new 2004 GTO had the paint peeling off the handles, I wanted to kill everyone at GM after that. So things could be worse, my 2003 MINI had the best paint I ever seen, that paint stayed on and was almost perfect when I traded it in. I really hope this car won't be another paint nightmare, if it starts getting worse, I will have the whole front end resprayed the correct way. I am stuck with this car for 5yrs, it better hold up well, or it will be the last Subaru I ever buy.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:48 PM   #11
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I just had my entire car resprayed OBP FTW!
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:11 PM   #12
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First thing I did to my car when I bought it new off the lot was a clear bra. It took 2 weeks to setup an install date however, and by then there were already 2 small rock chips on the front bumper. Luckily they were small enough that they were able to use a paint pen and make them invisible before the install. I can only imagine what my front bumper would look like now...

Hell after washing my car last week, upon close inspection I noticed a sub millimeter rock chip on the millimeter width of paint exposed on my front bumper (since the clear bra stops about a millimeter from the headlights).
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:57 PM   #13
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It isn't just Subaru. On just about any forum I lurk on, they complain about paint chips.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:30 PM   #14
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My god. I just washed and waxed my car the paint has literally chipped away from around the wheel well on the back bumper and about 4 huge rock chips on the front foglight housing. Idk how thick the pain or clear is but it couldnt be thicker than a human hair
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:04 PM   #15
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I just had my entire car resprayed OBP FTW!

Just curious where did you go and what was it cost wise (ballpark is fine)? My car is currently OBP but chipping terribly and I'm looking at re-painting it but kinda need to know ballpark of where to save up to as an estimate.

ETA: never mind, you're super far away from me, feel free to ignore my comment /facepalm
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:08 PM   #16
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My 02 thats supposed to be MPB looks navy blue... chips everywhere, with peeling clear along the bottom of all the window trim along the doors.
It's soft thin paint... may aswell invest in new paint.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:16 PM   #17
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Just curious where did you go and what was it cost wise (ballpark is fine)? My car is currently OBP but chipping terribly and I'm looking at re-painting it but kinda need to know ballpark of where to save up to as an estimate.

ETA: never mind, you're super far away from me, feel free to ignore my comment /facepalm
I suggest you go to your chapter forum and ask there. You will get better information and recommendations on "local" body shops.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:27 PM   #18
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Idk how thick the pain or clear is but it couldnt be thicker than a human hair
....about the same. ....maybe less or more depending on the hair and paint.

IIRC, thicknesses of ~100 - 200 microns is what you'll find for typical modern paint (4-8 mils) but the simple fact is that is most factory paint jobs are just thinner these days.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:19 PM   #19
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The manufacturers say it's due to new regulations on the environmentally friendliness of the paint and the processes. We are having the same issues with our last two Hondas. It sucks but it seems like most manufacturers are having to abide or else pay a premium tax or similar.

Feel free to refute as this is just what I've "heard" but it sounds plausible enough.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:42 PM   #20
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With less than 50 miles. I clear brad the entire front clip+ running boards( i hate when people kick it when getting in the car) door cups for nail scratches while opening and had the factory ones removed and redone with complete wrap around edges and and larger coverage. All done with xpel ultimate self healing. Lets just say with the price i paid, my sti would be stage 2 and then some. (oh plus rally armors as soon as i brought the car home.) lol this is one expensive car!
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:48 PM   #21
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Yeah...we are getting ready to pick up an impreza sport for the wifey and I really want to clear bra the front bumper and hood maybe fenders. She drives 120 miles a day (freeway commute to work) so I'm worried about chips. From looking around, around $800? Or is that not accurate?
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:58 PM   #22
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i can understand rock chips, but my roof, trunk and especially my hood scoop are just peeling like crazy now. my hood scoop looks rediculous becuase i have used touch up paint all over it.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:35 AM   #23
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i can understand rock chips, but my roof, trunk and especially my hood scoop are just peeling like crazy now. my hood scoop looks rediculous becuase i have used touch up paint all over it.
....aside from some small rock chips on the front, my '03 MBP WRX was still in great condition (including the paint) when I finally sold it after 8 years of ownership:

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:03 AM   #24
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i can understand rock chips, but my roof, trunk and especially my hood scoop are just peeling like crazy now. my hood scoop looks rediculous becuase i have used touch up paint all over it.
How many miles/years? Where are you located? (can't tell from mobile)
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:43 PM   #25
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The paint job is definitely worse than my low end 2003 Toyota. I've had my 2011 for less than a year and it's got chips and scratches all over it. Infuriating!
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