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Old 09-12-2002, 09:52 PM   #1
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My car has accumulated a number of small scratches on the famously thin Subaru paint - mostly on the doors, fenders rear hatch. Scratches show the white primer underneath. I'm not sure if it's from hasty washing with a few quick blasts from the hose at the car wash, or shopping carts or what. No rock chips though, the bug deflector helps for that.

I have two other cars, a 98 Volvo and an 87 Accord, neither has this problem, so the Subaru definitely has weaker/thinner paint. I've heard that new car paints face stricter environmental standards, are water based and therefore softer. Also they are applied more precisely and hence thinner. My dealer claims this is useful to save weight

Has anyone tried a detailing/polishing/coating approach that applies a Teflon coating or slightly harder Acrylic one? Supposedly it penetrates the paint, bonds with it, and overcoats it somewhat. Here in Calgary this method is used by a detailing shop called The Shine Factory. It costs $150 -$200 CDN, depending on what coating you get.

Anyone tried this, or seen any other products that would protect the paint (not just Stongard film on the front of the hood)?

Jim
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Old 09-13-2002, 09:39 AM   #2
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bump, I am curious about this stuff too!
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Old 09-13-2002, 10:46 AM   #3
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teflon needs to be at about 1200 degrees to bond so it will not bond to your paint. No wax or polymer sealent will prevent scratches or chips I would use stoneguard in the most vulnerable areas. A good wax P21s or polymer zaino blackfire etc will keep the paint looking good and protect it from the regular elements, but not shoppimg carts and the like.
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Old 09-13-2002, 11:19 AM   #4
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There is no "wipe-on/wipe-off" type of product that will protect against chips or scratches; I'm afraid StonGard or a similar 3M ScotchCal-type product is your only option as far as that kind of protection goes.

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Old 09-14-2002, 12:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. I talked to the dealer, he thought it wouldn't penetrate the clearcoat at all to "bond with the paint", would only offer minimal protection, but wouldn't hurt. He thought the scratches came from people brushing against the car in parking lots and such.

My brother in law did this on a vehicle of his a few years ago, and it has held up well, so I'll give it a whirl on Tuesday.

Jim
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