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Old 04-22-2014, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default Rock Chips, FRUSTRATED

Owner of a 2014 Wrx Hatchback BLACK,

Always try my best to take care of the car, wash it every 3 days or so. The thing that gets me is the paint chips! Within 4 months of owning the car I already have around 10-15 of them along the front of my car and two on the side door. It's frustrating! Many people recommend a clear bra but i'm not sure about it, what are your thoughts? how can i fix this?
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to Subaru ownership. The paint is notoriously thin from the factory, and this issue goes waaaay back. To do it right? Take it to a body shop, have them spray it, then put a clear bra on as soon as the paint cures.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:10 PM   #3
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You think people were recommending a clear bra for fun? The first thing you should have done with that car is have the bumper, fenders, hood and roof wrapped in 3M. It works.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:11 PM   #4
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Unfortunately this is the way of Subaru. You'll notice small white specs all over the car after a few years. I have an OBP 2011 WRX and its the same for me. Little white specs everywhere. I actually just got a Kit this week from Dr. Colorchip to try out because others in this thread had success. I'm going to take a crack at it this weekend. I'll get some before and after pictures up in that thread if everything goes well.

Edit: A clear bra is a great idea but unless you plan on wrapping the whole car in it, you're bound to get some chips somewhere on the car.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:35 PM   #5
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Clear bra is the way to go man. My ENTIRE front clip is done including the A pillars mirrors about a foot on the roof above the windshield and all rocker panels from the angle on the door down including behind the rear mudflaps . First mod for anyone with a new car no question. Mine was $1100 with a lifetime warranty. Good luck sir
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:36 PM   #6
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Front end clear bra, like everyone said. It is expensive but the best solution, depending how aggravated you are will decide to respray then clear bra.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:01 PM   #7
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3M chip guard works great
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:35 PM   #8
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Its funny because you go on Camaro forum and they'll say the Chevy paint is soft and etc. I've worked in bodyshops and any car is vulnerable to rock chips. I've had the 2012 mustang gt for two years and it got rock chips.
Like others have said, only thing to do is get it resprayed and make sure to pit a clearbras or just respray every time it gets real bad. Also black shows the most imperfections
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:21 PM   #9
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Its funny because you go on Camaro forum and they'll say the Chevy paint is soft and etc. I've worked in bodyshops and any car is vulnerable to rock chips. I've had the 2012 mustang gt for two years and it got rock chips.
Honda, too. Our five-year-old Civic has more stone chips than our twenty-year-old Buick does with five times the mileage.

Seems like all modern cars have crap paint. The Civic has a crap windshield too.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:26 PM   #10
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Yeah, I have the satin white pearl 2013 and it is chipped pretty bad already, so annoying! I am actually having it repainted as we speak, I will put the clear bra on it if I keep it. Not all new cars are quite the same, our ml350 is nearly perfect at 6 years old, while our old infiniti g35 looked like crap after 3 years.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:18 AM   #11
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Yeah, I have the satin white pearl 2013 and it is chipped pretty bad already, so annoying! I am actually having it repainted as we speak, I will put the clear bra on it if I keep it. Not all new cars are quite the same, our ml350 is nearly perfect at 6 years old, while our old infiniti g35 looked like crap after 3 years.
Sorry double post

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Old 04-23-2014, 01:30 AM   #12
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Yeah, I have the satin white pearl 2013 and it is chipped pretty bad already, so annoying! I am actually having it repainted as we speak, I will put the clear bra on it if I keep it. Not all new cars are quite the same, our ml350 is nearly perfect at 6 years old, while our old infiniti g35 looked like crap after 3 years.
Germans know how to paint cars sir.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:31 AM   #13
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Germans are the best in the industry at painting cars sir
Or just best at using 6000 coats.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:34 AM   #14
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Or just best at using 6000 coats.
hahaha i guess we would call that over engineering the paint?
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:33 PM   #15
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Rock chips are just a thing I've come to accept with my cars. Here in Colorado they refuse to use salt on the roads in the winter. Instead they use mag chloride mixed with "sand". I've learned that the state's definition of "sand" encompasses the use of rocks the size of marbles (I'm not exaggerating).

I've had to get my windshield replaced every year for the past 4 years due to these rocks flying up and destroying them. And every winter I get ~5 VERY nasty chips/dings in my hood/fenders as well. I'd love to pay $1100 for a clear bra on the front of the car but since we also have pretty insane rogue hail storms I have also had to have my hood/fenders replaced 2 times in the past 3 years. It's lose lose for me here. I've had to learn to love my cars, even just a couple of month old, with bad chips.

This is just about the only thing I miss from living in Michigan. As long as you washed it once a week in the winter to keep the salt grime from eroding the car, you could keep it looking brand new for 100k+ miles without the use of any sort of clear bra or vinyl wrap.

I have learned that Dr. Colorchip is a life saver though. Every late Spring I go to town on the front of my car with that stuff and it works wonders. Touch up paint doesn't hold a candle to it. With the prep, application, and excess removal it hides pretty much all chips. Light ones you would never know are there, even if looking super close. Big chips get about 95% hidden. You can see them when looking real close in the exact spot. But at more than 1 foot away in any lighting and you'd never see them.

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Old 04-25-2014, 09:57 PM   #16
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I guess you should just leave Colorado or buy a winter beater.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:59 PM   #17
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Yep rock chips suck, but they are a fact of life with your DD. I've learned to live with it. My side skirts have scratches and chips, and the paint is "sandblasted" on the rear door where the "wideness" starts. My front bumper has a 2" crack on the very bottom, and I have three door dings. I just had my windshield replaced. None of these imperfections are noticeable from 5 feet away. They annoy me, but as it is my DD I just have to accept it.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:11 PM   #18
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I guess you should just leave Colorado or buy a winter beater.
Eh, one of the main reasons I have a Subaru is for the winter snow conditions. And I'd take some imperfections on my car in order to live here compared to just about anywhere else I've been.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:57 PM   #19
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Germans know how to paint cars sir.
Yeah the quality is much better on German cars and even some domestics. Most Japanese cars come with soft, thin coats of water based paint that doesn't stand up well to road debris.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:00 PM   #20
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does subarus "tree-huggerness" have anything to do with the softness of the paint?
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:12 PM   #21
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Yep rock chips suck, but they are a fact of life with your DD. I've learned to live with it. My side skirts have scratches and chips, and the paint is "sandblasted" on the rear door where the "wideness" starts. My front bumper has a 2" crack on the very bottom, and I have three door dings. I just had my windshield replaced. None of these imperfections are noticeable from 5 feet away. They annoy me, but as it is my DD I just have to accept it.
This. Sounds exactly like my 09.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:13 PM   #22
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Eh, one of the main reasons I have a Subaru is for the winter snow conditions. And I'd take some imperfections on my car in order to live here compared to just about anywhere else I've been.
When I lived in Colorado I bought an old OBS just to avoid having any issues in winter. I paid $1200 for it. and it was worth saving the paint on my other vehicle.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:58 PM   #23
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If you go the clear bra route, my vote is for XPEL ULTIMATE Protection Film. It's self-healing, has a 10 year warranty, and is virtually invisible if the edges are wrapped. I have it on multiple cars and swear by it. It's truly the best film out there.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:01 PM   #24
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Ever thought you might be following too close?
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:08 AM   #25
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Just a part of owning a vehicle, man. Grab some rally armor flaps if you're wanting to protect the sides, but really, there's no way to protect the front bumper.

Just think of it as adding some character to the car.... but if this was a main concern of yours, black probably wasn't the best color choice.
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