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Old 11-10-2003, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Bugs/Chips/Scratches/More Bugs!

I've had my 02WRX since June of 2002. I've got something like 23000 miles on it, mostly high speed highway driving (In and around DC, nonetheless). The front end of my car (hood and lip) and just... *****ed. There are bugs on there that I haven't been able to get off with ANYTHING, and chips just everywhere. I'm sure if I could even get the bugs off, there would be chips under them.

I'm not a lazy kid that can't wash his car; I usually do once every week or 2. It's just these 150 mile drives during the summer where I catch and bake these damn bugs. And 495 traffic has taken care of 2 windshields, 1 foglight, and about 10000 paint chips.

What can I do?? I'm about to take it to a detailer and bend over, but I'd prefer to do something about it myself. I've tried about 5 different citris-type cleaners, many waxes, polishes, sponges.... you name it. Anyone have any ideas? or should I just pay up...

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-11-2003, 12:03 AM   #2
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or should I just pay up...
It's a Subaru.
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Old 11-11-2003, 12:15 AM   #3
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It's a Subaru.
F yeah it is. The paint sucks. My hood is destroyed from chips and I have only got 30K on an 02.

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Old 11-11-2003, 12:54 AM   #4
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The paint chips are how you know you got a geniune Subaru. I think they are factory installed option.

As far as the bug guts, you should use a clay bar to clean that all up. It has worked for me in the past numerous times.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:50 AM   #5
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I have a clear shield see through car bra that works great. 19K no chips to speak of...

Still lost a windshield in LA though
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:52 AM   #6
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I have the same problem and I bought mine used with 38000 on it. I think I'm going to buy a clay bar this weekend and give my car a nice once-over. Then I think a front shield would be a good investment (if it dosn't look horrible).
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Old 11-11-2003, 12:22 PM   #7
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the unfortunate thing is that bodyshop paint is usually
softer than most factory paint, so it'll chip just as bad in
most cases.

i think the best bet now would be to get your hood and
front bumper repainted, then after about 2months install
the clearbra. Since there are fewer bugs in the winter
i think it might be the perfect time to do it.

when you do install the clearbra (i have it on my cooper-s
which has aftermarket aero bumper with soft paint) don't
rub the clearbra with your fingertips. it will swirl them.
Only use a squeegee during the install and also no hard
towels to wash/clean it.

the clearbra is not visible from about 3ft away.
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Old 11-11-2003, 03:52 PM   #8
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About the bugs issue, I used to work in a detailing shop and we used windex.

First wet the car, then spray the windex on the bugs.....let it sit for about 2 mins. Then just wash the car regularily. No rubbing and no bugs

Perfect everytime.
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Old 11-11-2003, 05:39 PM   #9
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I swear that hitting flies at highway speed is enough to chip the paint on these cars.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:30 PM   #10
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Thanks guys. I'll try out the clay-bar and/or windex this weekend.

As for repainting the car... that's kind of a last resort. Main reason = I'm broke.

If I do ever repaint my bumper, I'll probably replace it, too. I took the car to my bodyshop to get a snow-related dent pulled, and the cracked the front lip. They won't admit to it, but offered me a nice discount on a replacement/repaint. Jerkoffs...
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Old 11-12-2003, 08:07 AM   #11
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Any tips on using the clay bar? I mean, I assume you will have to re-wax wherever you use it...
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Old 11-12-2003, 08:12 AM   #12
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Any tips on using the clay bar? I mean, I assume you will have to re-wax wherever you use it...
Yes. The clay bar removes dirt, grime, and residual wax.

As far as getting flies off, you can also try some medium grit cleaner/polish.
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Old 11-12-2003, 11:30 AM   #13
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I've always just used Clearcoat safe bug and tar remover. It obviously eats all the wax off too, but works great for the tough bugs.
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