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Old 01-27-2003, 02:31 PM   #1
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Has there been any mention of the Paint job on the STi... if the car costs 35K.. which is worth it for all that you get.. wont peeps get a little upset if the thin paint rears its head..

Just a thought..
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Old 01-27-2003, 02:35 PM   #2
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Has there been any mention of the Paint job on the STi... if the car costs 35K.. which is worth it for all that you get.. wont peeps get a little upset if the thin paint rears its head..

Just a thought..
Don't leave the lot without a bra for the car.

Seriously, though, I've wondered the same thing and figure that I can live with the occasional problem. If it's around 33k, even 35k, it's still a great deal. Guess we'll just have to wait and see, but even I'm prepared to accept the usual Impreza paint for the rest of the car. Which I hope to see in my driveway in 2005.
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Old 01-27-2003, 03:39 PM   #3
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I believe Subaru uses the same paint and painting process on all of their vehicles.
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Old 01-27-2003, 04:09 PM   #4
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Don't leave the lot without a bra for the car.

Seriously, though, I've wondered the same thing and figure that I can live with the occasional problem. If it's around 33k, even 35k, it's still a great deal. Guess we'll just have to wait and see, but even I'm prepared to accept the usual Impreza paint for the rest of the car. Which I hope to see in my driveway in 2005.
Not much will screw a car's paint up faster than a bra. A 3M clearbra, which is sprayed on as opposed to a piece of fabric attached to the front of the car, is about your best option.
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Old 01-27-2003, 08:48 PM   #5
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Bras are bad, if you get soap or sand or coarse grained dirt in between the bra and the body work, you can kiss your paint job good bye.

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Old 01-27-2003, 09:05 PM   #6
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I believe Subaru uses the same paint and painting process on all of their vehicles.
Oh, that's sad news. A car that cost above 30Gs should have durable paint on them. I really hope that Subaru realize performance isn't the only thing; tho it would satisify the driver's demand on the speed/ handing and all, but a tiny piece of rock would piss the owner off (assuming most of us on board have already been though this ) and I am not talking about a serious impact of the rocks but just a tiny isy bits of rock WILL actually marked the paint on the Subie...
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Old 01-27-2003, 09:45 PM   #7
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Well, perhaps you should ask a few LL Bean Outback owners how they feel.
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Old 01-27-2003, 10:58 PM   #8
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Oh, that's sad news. A car that cost above 30Gs should have durable paint on them. I really hope that Subaru realize performance isn't the only thing; tho it would satisify the driver's demand on the speed/ handing and all, but a tiny piece of rock would piss the owner off (assuming most of us on board have already been though this ) and I am not talking about a serious impact of the rocks but just a tiny isy bits of rock WILL actually marked the paint on the Subie...
Be careful what you ask for, or SOA may give it to you. SOA is atavistically fond of body cladding, which is very resistant to stone chips. Below is a recent "spy" photograph of a Legacy wagon undergoing high-speed testing at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany. Most assumed that Subaru was testing its lastest powertrain, suspension, brake system, etc. The truth, sad to say, is that Subaru was merely testing the resistance of a car with 90% body-cladding (excluding glass area) to stone-chips at high speed.
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Old 01-28-2003, 12:59 AM   #9
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That looks like anti-spy-photography cladding; such that the styling is hidden under the disguise.
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Old 01-28-2003, 07:01 AM   #10
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Old 01-28-2003, 08:51 AM   #11
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Oh, that's sad news. A car that cost above 30Gs should have durable paint on them. I really hope that Subaru realize performance isn't the only thing; tho it would satisify the driver's demand on the speed/ handing and all, but a tiny piece of rock would piss the owner off (assuming most of us on board have already been though this ) and I am not talking about a serious impact of the rocks but just a tiny isy bits of rock WILL actually marked the paint on the Subie...
This isnt a Mercedes or a BMW where your coughing up $40K-$50 for quality. $30,000 for a car thease days isnt that much money, especially all the goodies your getting for the price, so expect to get a WRX-like paintjob.
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Old 01-28-2003, 10:21 AM   #12
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Not much will screw a car's paint up faster than a bra. A 3M clearbra, which is sprayed on as opposed to a piece of fabric attached to the front of the car, is about your best option.
Oh, you're exactly right, unless it's used properly. I see a lot of people driving around every day with a bra on their car, and they're ruining their paint. A bra is removeable, contrary to what a lot of people seem to think. If used sparingly, at times when the car is most likely to be pelted by rocks, etc., you can protect the front end without scratching the crap out of it. I haven't had the bra on the car for more than two days straight yet.

Even better, and what I plan on with an STi if I get one, is to have a body shop recommend something to me. Maybe an extra coat of clear coat, or something like that.
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Old 01-28-2003, 10:24 AM   #13
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Oh, that's sad news. A car that cost above 30Gs should have durable paint on them. I really hope that Subaru realize performance isn't the only thing; tho it would satisify the driver's demand on the speed/ handing and all, but a tiny piece of rock would piss the owner off (assuming most of us on board have already been though this ) and I am not talking about a serious impact of the rocks but just a tiny isy bits of rock WILL actually marked the paint on the Subie...
I figure that folks who want the car badly enough will take steps to try to reduce the chances of rocks doing damage. There are reasonably priced solutions to this problem that I would be perfectly willing to take. I see exactly what you're saying, but I've wanted an STi since about two months after I got my RS. I might have to wait until next year to get one, but it's still something that is being saved for already. Regardless of paint quality.
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Old 01-28-2003, 10:28 AM   #14
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Not much will screw a car's paint up faster than a bra. A 3M clearbra, which is sprayed on as opposed to a piece of fabric attached to the front of the car, is about your best option.
My car is nearly 8 years old now, and the only part of the car that still has deep shiny paint is under the bra. You would be suprised how much a bra will protect the paint. Just use common sense and remove it when you wash the car or during winter storms (salt can get trapped under it).
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Old 01-28-2003, 11:34 AM   #15
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It's not like Subaru is simply cheaping out on the paint, there are real reasons why they cannot go to town on paint. Namely, Japanese regulations force manufacturers to use paint that is sub par. I think most every Japanese manufacturer has known poor paint.
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Old 01-28-2003, 12:05 PM   #16
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It's not like Subaru is simply cheaping out on the paint, there are real reasons why they cannot go to town on paint. Namely, Japanese regulations force manufacturers to use paint that is sub par. I think most every Japanese manufacturer has known poor paint.
I don't know, my brothers’ MRS has great paint compare to my WRX. And my AE86 (17 year old) car still have pretty nice paint.
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Old 01-28-2003, 04:43 PM   #17
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Yeah, but my 99 MX-5 isn't exactly up to par either. Better than the Rex's, though.
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Old 01-28-2003, 05:37 PM   #18
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It's not like Subaru is simply cheaping out on the paint, there are real reasons why they cannot go to town on paint. Namely, Japanese regulations force manufacturers to use paint that is sub par. I think most every Japanese manufacturer has known poor paint.

My Acura has a great paint job. Lexus have pretty good paint too. I disagree that " most every Japanese manufacturer has known poor paint".

Every car that I have owned has had some issue with rocks and paint. You just need to know a good body shop{with low prices} or you need to be REALLY talented with a touch up bottle brush.
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Old 01-28-2003, 06:59 PM   #19
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FYI
the thicker the paint the easier it will chip.
10 in the painting business.
Poor paint is usually associated w/painter error which in this case is a computer. Or poor quality paints.
Once again thick paint chips easier than thin.
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Old 01-28-2003, 08:35 PM   #20
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1. 2 words...CLEAR BRA.

2. Conventional bras look really ghey.

3. Honda/Acura puts a very nice paint job on their cars in comparison to Subaru/Nissan.

4. The paint will be exactly as it is on the WRX.

5. 2 more words...CLEAR BRA.

6. Oh and a CLEAR BRA isn't 'sprayed' on, it's 'wrapped' on.
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Old 01-28-2003, 09:05 PM   #21
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Who are you saying should wear this "clear bra"?

Remember we have children reading this board.
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Old 01-28-2003, 09:14 PM   #22
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Clear bras can be applied in sheets or sprayed on... it varies by company.
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Old 01-30-2003, 11:32 AM   #23
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The solution is simple, if you can afford an STI or WRx you can afford to get it repainted from a good paint shop. (I did it)
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Old 01-30-2003, 11:40 AM   #24
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Clear bra the whole car????????????and would it make the paint look bad ???
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Old 01-30-2003, 01:50 PM   #25
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You probably wouldn't notice...

What does one use to keep the a clear bra as good looking as a polished/waxed car?
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