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Old 07-03-2003, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default owners with white wrx's....paint spots need help

I have been wanting to ask around for the longest time but haven't done it till now. My wagon is aspen white so I tend to notice blemishes or contaminants in the paint easily,doh. Now I assume other owners with white wrx's may have the same problem. What I have noticed are little orange spots all over the rear of my wagon. To look at them one would think they are rust spots, but of course the bumper is plastic. I have found them on the rear gate so it seems they are heavily concentrated to the area below the glass. So in other words, I cannot find any of these spots anywhere else on the car just in the area south of the rear wiper.

Who else has seen this on your car? Who has been able to remove them? I have tried numerous things to remove them but everything has failed to do so. It really makes me sick to see these spots on my car each time I clean her up. If it were just a few of them I could overlook it but there are alot of them. It's bad enough there is a fly problem around here and they just have to use my car for their dumping ground, not to mention the birds as well. Whoever said black was a bad color hasn't had a white one yet.
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Old 07-03-2003, 10:07 PM   #2
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I have some. Clay bar should remove them. I used mothers claybar since it is easy to get a hold of.

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Old 07-04-2003, 12:04 AM   #3
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I love white cars. I have owned 4. Everyone of them had those little red dots you mention. I remember a light polishing compund on a wet applicator working wonders. Did not ever try a clay bar myself.

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Old 07-04-2003, 01:05 AM   #4
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Yeah the clay bar does wonders for this problem. I have it all over my Aspen white car also.
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Old 07-04-2003, 05:11 AM   #5
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Originally posted by WRX_02_227
Yeah the clay bar does wonders for this problem. I have it all over my Aspen white car also.
ditto on the clay bar. great results an the dots come off a lot easier than you think.
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Old 07-04-2003, 10:02 AM   #6
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Thanks guys for your input. I will probably give the clay bar a try. I have never used it and it didn't even cross my mind to try it but now that it has been suggested I will see how it turns out.
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Old 07-04-2003, 10:49 AM   #7
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i have the same problem with my car. they look like tiny dots of 'rust'. mine are on the passenger door, rear door behind driver's door and rear bumper. i'm taking it in to my dealer so they can have a look. i have a buddy around here, also with a silver wrx, who has the same problem. he took it to the dealer and to make a long story short... a rep came out and acknowledged the spots and they logged that there were contaminants in the paint should he have any problems down the road. i'll let you know what happens with me...
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Old 07-04-2003, 04:50 PM   #8
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My detailer called the spots "fallout". He said as long as you remove it with claybar about 2 times a year it won't have a detrimental effect on your paint. Of course you have to re-wax after the claybar and about once a month after that.
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Old 07-04-2003, 11:08 PM   #9
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so do you think this is acceptable for a brand new car that you're spending your hard earn cash on? i don't.
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:20 AM   #10
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I have a white wagon too but I haven't noticed any of those spots...
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:22 AM   #11
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it's not your car's fault, it's our environment's fault.
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:39 AM   #12
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What they are is iron dust from the rail/truck transport of the car to the dealer. The iron dust rusts, making the obvious color. The recommended removal method is the clay bar, as noted above. Shouldn't cause any problems down the road, just have someone remove them properly.
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Old 07-05-2003, 01:23 AM   #13
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remove properly is the key word. dont try to flick em off with your fingernail
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Old 07-05-2003, 01:40 AM   #14
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It cant be the rail car iron dust thing......I removed the spots on my ENTIRE car last year....they are back. I think it is in the paint or something.
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Old 07-05-2003, 03:01 AM   #15
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think of the brake dust on your wheels, now multiply just that by as many cars on the road, then blow some of that into the air. Then have it rain and it pools up and dries as little spots.
Not saying its just brake dust, but every kind of contaminant in the air. Polution... fallout... whatever you want to call it, it lands on your car
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:28 PM   #16
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When I had my silverthorn RS I noticed the same spots on the rear of it. However, when I got my wagon there were no spots on it until after winter. I immediately thought it was salt deposits working their wonderful magic on my paint and I am still not convinced otherwise. Like I said, I plan on giving the clay bar a try and hopefully it will work.
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:52 PM   #17
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i don't think it's iron dust, brake dust or anything of that nature being my spots appear to be under my clearcoat.
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Old 07-05-2003, 04:00 PM   #18
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cant be anything under the paint, its not possible.
it has to be fallout either from rail track iron dust, or tree sap depending on where you park your car. light compound will do the trick to get it off..... stu.(car painter)
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Old 07-06-2003, 09:46 AM   #19
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I am with jajogega on this one. These spots are not something that you can make go away with any compound or clay bar. I agree that those products work wonders, but these specks are not of our doing. The blemishes came with the car. I have a 2002 silver WRX wagon and the spots are on my gate, bumper fenders doors etc. It is nothing extremely noticable, but I notice them.
They can be mistaken for road tar or "fall out" which was mentioned earlier, but once one takes a more in-depth look at them it can be seen that these spots are under the clear coat, which means it came to us this way from the factory.
The concerning part for me is that it is on my 02, and carried on to 03...what about the 04's?
If this is the case, then maybe Subaru should be notified so they can clean out their spray booth.

I took my car to the dealership for a rep to look over for some peace of mind so down the road I wouldn't be held responsible if these spots turned out to be more than dirt in my paint, I would recommend others that have the same problem to do the same so Subaru is aware of the problem.

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Old 07-13-2003, 03:09 PM   #20
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Just to let you guys know, I tried Mothers clay bar kit on my car to see if there was something that would remove those awful orange spots. Well, to my surprise it worked man am I excited about this. My car will soon look the same as it did when I bought it, flawless. I have tried different types of cleaners, polishes, and even wax but I had no idea a clay bar could work such wonders. I just want to say thanks to you guys who recommended using a clay bar. Now I think I might try out the Zaino bros. polishing system to get back that showroom shine. Did I say I was excited about this? Once again
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:43 PM   #21
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Hey everyone, I have 2003 Aspen White WRX Wagon, just yesterday washed my car and noticed small orange dots(rust spots) all over passenger doors, rear door and rear bumper. At first I thought RUST - ohh sh..t, but how can there be rust on the plastic bumper??? My friend looked at them, and thinks it is metalic components in the paint from subaru, basicly cheap paint job. Now I am thinking I should go to my dealer, has anyone gone to the dealer with this problem, does the warranty on paint covers it?
Clay bar may be a good idea or the way to fix it, but what will privent rusting through in the year or two when all warranties are not there?
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Old 05-18-2004, 04:03 AM   #22
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Bump for an old thread and an annoying problem... Mine is pretty bad and it's all over the whole car. Going to claybar it this weekend and hope it takes care of them problem. Has anyone ever had Subaru address the issue through warranty since this post was made?
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:39 AM   #23
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I gave my car a quick bath the other day and its the same story. Nastyness all over the car. The claybar does work for this so its gonna get a good work up from that pretty soon.
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Old 05-18-2004, 01:11 PM   #24
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I just used clay bar on my car for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It removed probably 90% of the specks, but it took some work. Definitely try this if you have the 'dots'.
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Old 05-18-2004, 01:16 PM   #25
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i'm gonna try the clay bar too...i think it's the environment too. I moved to this place and i think something in the trees makes these yellow spots and black specks and I can't remove them (tried scratch remover stuff and waxes), this is my second white car parked there and i get the same freaking problem!!! ahhh
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