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Old 12-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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I have a nice size scrape on the front plastic skirt of my Satin White Pearl Impreza. I scraped it on a high curb. Should I buy a spray can from those 3rd party paint companies. Cost about $60 with tricolor and a clear coat. Or should I just use the factory bottle w/ brush from the dealer for $10.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:13 AM   #2
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May as well brush it on if you already have the factory bottle. Since it's only plastic, you could probably sand it afterwards too if it looks shoddy. Hard to say though without having seen it.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:00 AM   #3
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I'd just brush it, unless you're well versed in the refinishing process. Could come out worse.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:53 AM   #4
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Spray gets everywhere too, so much prep involved. Also SWP is so hard to match right, even for body shops. Just brush it with a very small amount and try just to cover it up. Never gonna match it on your own.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:33 AM   #5
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Also SWP is so hard to match right, even for body shops.
debatable.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #6
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Default Guess I'll try the brush

I can get the paint from the dealer. Satin white comes in 2 bottles for separate coats. Base and Pearl I think. Just thought a spray would give a better matching texture but I can always get the spray if the brush doesn't look as good.

Thanks for your inputs
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:58 PM   #7
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debatable.

using the factory paint code of the vin, a reputable shop that has a great rep, is on their second attempt to paint a new tow hook cover for my car. They said all of the cars with this color paint can give some trouble.

Using the factory code the first try it wasn't even close.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:01 PM   #8
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Buy the touch up paint from a dealer. I scraped my front bumper pretty bad and it cleaned it up. I also got some 3000 grit sand paper and sanded between coats because I had gashes.

you can barely tell it's there unless you look closely.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:06 PM   #9
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using the factory paint code of the vin, a reputable shop that has a great rep, is on their second attempt to paint a new tow hook cover for my car. They said all of the cars with this color paint can give some trouble.

Using the factory code the first try it wasn't even close.
I could see where that may be difficult. I've painted that color quite a few times with zero problems. Just spray a letdown panel and see how close you are.

What paint system?
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:19 PM   #10
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I could see where that may be difficult. I've painted that color quite a few times with zero problems. Just spray a letdown panel and see how close you are.

What paint system?
I'm not sure, but in there defense the car was with me the whole time so they had no idea if it was close. Hopefully next week it's done and is closer.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:55 PM   #11
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Buy the touch up paint from a dealer. I scraped my front bumper pretty bad and it cleaned it up. I also got some 3000 grit sand paper and sanded between coats because I had gashes.

you can barely tell it's there unless you look closely.
how many coats would you say you did before you started to sand? i have a decent scrape under the front lip of the bumper and its bugging me...would like to try to level off the scrape, i assume lots and lots of coats to fill it in.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:32 PM   #12
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how many coats would you say you did before you started to sand? i have a decent scrape under the front lip of the bumper and its bugging me...would like to try to level off the scrape, i assume lots and lots of coats to fill it in.
Here is the pic of what happened:


Here is what I did.
1) Use the pen or brush to paint the base coat.
2) Let it dry for about 30-45 minutes.
3) Sand down the coat.
Repeat 1-2 times depending on how bad the scratches are. After you feel that the base coat is good and nothing bleeds through. Apply 2 coats of clear and sand in between.

I'll try to post an after pic tonight.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:19 AM   #13
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For small chips to the bumper I have found that paint pens from http://www.automotivetouchup.com work rather well. Just make sure that the first coat has dried completely. The pen tips are a little abrasive and you might accidnetly undo the first layer if you are impatient. I have the two layered Pearl Satin White. With a steady hand you don't notice the touchup until you are about four feet away.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:29 PM   #14
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Had some chips on mine (Dark Gray Metallic, 2012) and I got the turtle wax repair kit.

Don't use that. It essentially scratched the clear off.

Anyways, something like that with spray clear and some polishing compound as well as the paint is what you want. For LARGE areas you want to use the brush, but make sure it isn't TOO much or it will just come off.

For the deeper or chip type damage you want to use a stick/q-tip end (not the cotton one), or toothpick and dab it into the hole.

After either method, seal it. and polish the edges after it dries.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:42 PM   #15
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Ok so I just got my fenders rolled a while back and the paint started flaking off. I'd like to re paint or use an epoxy to stop it from ever rusting. I live in Chicago which means snow and salt. Thanks
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:21 PM   #16
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Ok so I just got my fenders rolled a while back and the paint started flaking off. I'd like to re paint or use an epoxy to stop it from ever rusting. I live in Chicago which means snow and salt. Thanks
how badly? really the proper way to repaint over bare metal is to etch prime, prime, then paint. As for the three stage paint matching it is very difficult to match and damn near impossible without the car there to see how close you are. basically you are just getting the color darker everytime you apply the mid coat so its kinda like eyeballing it. Wish it was as easy as just blending the next panel for color match.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:03 AM   #17
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It's not to bad it's just the inside of the fender where it got rolled. No cracking that can be seen unless you look under the well. I'd just like to get it taken care of ASAP so I don't have any rust problems in the future. I'm thinking a body shop would be the best because I'm not to handy with paint.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:21 AM   #18
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i would use a brush
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:28 AM   #19
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I was thinking maybe doing a like bed liner coating on the inside the fender well. More opinions would help out thanks
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:31 AM   #20
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What do you guys think about a white herculiner for inside the fenders?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:06 AM   #21
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It wont be white in about 10 miles. IMO unless your getting it way cheap go black
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:12 AM   #22
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Haha alright. I think ima just have a shop do it. My buddy lives in Colorado and his are all chipped and said he hasn't experienced rust yet. I just want to be safe because I'm in chi town
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:52 PM   #23
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I used a brush and paint from the factory and it looked like ****.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:57 PM   #24
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did my WRB with the brush/pen from the dealership the other day. can totally see it from 6ft. i didn't really have an option though. in most cases, it was all the way down to the primer. did about 20 spots. have owned the car for 2 months. not excited about that.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:25 PM   #25
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using the factory paint code of the vin, a reputable shop that has a great rep, is on their second attempt to paint a new tow hook cover for my car. They said all of the cars with this color paint can give some trouble.

Using the factory code the first try it wasn't even close.
Couldn't agree more, my old impreza was impossible to match. I tried both methods and brush seemed to work the best!
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