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Old 02-22-2004, 07:30 PM   #1
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I when to the car wash and wash my super dirty car today and I notice two small rust spots on my windshield piller outside. It is cover under Warranty? It's less then 2 years old and is already showing small rust spots. Talk about super thin paint. What should I do now?? touch it up? bring it in? I did't expect to rust so easily. yikes.
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Old 02-22-2004, 07:57 PM   #2
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I would take it in and show them at subaru. Are you over you 60 000kms??? If not the for sure they would do something for you. I know some vehicles have longer paint warranties but check with subaru and see.

I woulndt just touch it up as that is just masking the problem, it will still keep rusting underneath.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:21 PM   #3
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i have hte same on my car in 2 spots on teh a pillar.

its from rocks hitting it, chipping it.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:23 PM   #4
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These are likely rock chips. They will dismiss the claim.
Only paint bubbles qualify as corrosion perforation, but good luck with the dealer!
Clean spots yourself and touch paint them.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:34 PM   #5
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Ahhhh....if they are from rock chips then ya...you are on your ouwn.
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Old 02-23-2004, 01:06 AM   #6
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I think is from rock chips sigh.. ok how do I clean it? What do I use? I got touch up paint at home. Thanks.
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Old 02-23-2004, 03:51 AM   #7
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For now, just clean & dry the area thoroughly. Then apply the touch up paint directly & completely on the chip. When the weather (& the metal warms up) warms up is a better time to do a proper repair which is a little more involved but nothing you can't handle.
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Old 02-23-2004, 02:15 PM   #8
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I guess just a small wire bush to clean it off? or sandpaper? any other suggestions?

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Old 02-24-2004, 10:36 AM   #9
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You can try sand paper on the end of a pencil, spin it around the affected area until the edges of the chipped area are smooth. This will also ensure that the paint adheres properly.

Then carefully apply the touch up paint, first make sure that your touch up paint isn't old and gummy. Might be worthwhile to get a new fresh one if there is doubt.

With some care the repair will look pretty good from a distance. Hardly great close up yjough, the colours often don't match perfectly and there can be some relief.

I thought that there was some kind of paint stripper product that others on the forum had used to smooth these imperfections out. But if you try this, you really need to be careful with what you are doing!!!

Good luck!
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Old 02-24-2004, 09:52 PM   #10
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Make sure when you do remove the rust that you don't get any moisture on the exposed metal, or else the rust comes back.
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:42 AM   #11
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Bigbear, just clean it w/ alcohol for now & dab some(well shaken) touch-up paint on there. That way you can ensure that the touch-up color is a match for later. I'll show you how to do a professional job when it's warmer. That way you'll have the knowledge yourself.

You guys must understand that our friend Bigbear obsesses over the cleanliness of his car. Too bad that obsession doesn't include the engine bay... J/K B.
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Old 02-25-2004, 06:58 PM   #12
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Bigbear, just clean it w/ alcohol for now & dab some(well shaken) touch-up paint on there. That way you can ensure that the touch-up color is a match for later. I'll show you how to do a professional job when it's warmer. That way you'll have the knowledge yourself.

You guys must understand that our friend Bigbear obsesses over the cleanliness of his car. Too bad that obsession doesn't include the engine bay... J/K B.

As in rubbing Alcohol? yeah we need to do something about that engine bay over the summer.
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Old 02-25-2004, 10:46 PM   #13
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That'll do. In fact, use some Tequilla, take a shot for yourself too. I'll put your nerves at ease when applying the touch-up...
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Old 02-26-2004, 03:22 PM   #14
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Get a small cone-shaped abrasive bit for a dremel or similar tool. Place the tip of the cone in the rusting rock chip and spin it with between your thumb and index finger (Do not use a dremel! haha!) make sure you take all of the rust of of there before you even think reaching for the touch-up bottle. Once all the rust is gone, blow and clean all the dust from the chip. (If you have any primer use a Q-tip and dab a small bit of primer in the chip), then dab a little touch up paint in there and you should be good to go!
If you have no primer, not to worry the paint will be fine.

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Old 02-26-2004, 07:31 PM   #15
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Man I was going to do it today and now all this SNOW! I HATE winter!!! ahhhh... now is going to rust more. I was so close of thinking using the actual dremel! I have to wait at least till this snow stop and hope it gets a bit warmer.. Thanks for all the tip guys.
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Old 02-26-2004, 09:49 PM   #16
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My paint was bubbling on the drivers top corner of the windshield frame, unfortunatly Im the 3rd owner, so I fixed it myself. Its obvious the scratch came from the factory, since it could only of originated when they put the window in (original window)
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Old 02-27-2004, 05:57 AM   #17
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make sure you take all of the rust of of there before you even think reaching for the touch-up bottle
You guys don't know our friend Bigbear here. He won't be satisfied unless he cannot see the chip was even there. that is why I am suggesting that the just go a "good" enough job for now until he can "professionally" fix it when it's more practical.
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Old 02-27-2004, 10:40 AM   #18
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I can't even fix this right now until it gets a bit warmer. Hope the rust won't spread too much
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