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Old 02-15-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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So I have heard all the stories of the WRX hood not holding the paint very well. My 2012 WRX is just over a year old and the front edge of the hood is littered with small paint chips. I bought the OEM paint touch-up pen to fix them but some of the chips have started to oxidize. Painting over oxidized metal is always a bad idea. Does anyone know how to clean up the chips to remove the oxidation without harming the metal or surrounding paint? I also plan on putting on the 3M protective film on the front end after I fix the issues. Has anyone installed this? And if so can I get some feedback on its durability/appearance/quality?
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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In the past i've used a paint that turns oxidation into black primer. It seemed to work fairly well.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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Based ont he salt where you live, the BEST way to do it is not cheap. But it's what I would absolutely do... I would pay a shop to repaint the hood and bumper. Then have a clear bra installed. You'll be looking at $1500 or so for this work. But it will be set for years to come.

Not a day goes by that I don't wish I had done that on my ride.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:08 PM   #4
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I know I wish I would have spent the 400 to get the clear bra installed at the dealer the day I got it. What is that paint that turns oxidation into primer? I have heard something like that before but never a brand name.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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I know I wish I would have spent the 400 to get the clear bra installed at the dealer the day I got it. What is that paint that turns oxidation into primer? I have heard something like that before but never a brand name.
Naval Jelly.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:58 PM   #6
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Clear bras ftw, if ya know what I mean
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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^Might be thinking of POR15, that wouldn't really work well in this situation though.
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