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Old 03-27-2006, 10:55 PM   #1
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Angry Scratch on my new 06 WRX, spot paint or whole bumper?

Well it had to happen to me...just picked up my new 2006 Steel Grey WRX Limited on Friday, drove it to work Saturday and stopped at the market on the way home only to find while removing groceries from my trunk that someone in the parking lot left a nice big scrape on the passenger side corner of my rear bumper. Didn't even have it for 24 hours...all I can say is whoever did it is dang lucky I didn't catch them.

Anyway I took it to the body shop today that my dealership uses so they're real good with Subies. They gave me two options: First, remove the entire bumper cover, spot paint, then clearcoat the whole thing for $380. Second, leave the bumper on the car, spot paint and clearcoat only the new paint for $204.

Needless to say I'm leaning towards the $204 option. But of course the guy is recommending the more expensive route as "the right way to do it". He says I might see a little difference in the gloss between the new clearcoat and the original.

Is it okay to go with the cheaper option? Will it really be THAT noticeable? I mean, at least the ugly scratches will be gone, right?

Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:01 PM   #2
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I had that 2nd option done to my wifes 04 accord when she first got it... someone swiped her in the same area... you can only notice it if you know it was fixed, otherwise no one will tell... but it bothered me that everytime I looked at that spot, I can see it... I'd go for the first choice.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:11 PM   #3
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If you have a good paint guy you might not be able to notice. I had my trunk repainted and the guy did a phenomenal job, undetectable.
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Old 03-28-2006, 12:12 AM   #4
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There are a bunch of SAVAGES in LA, I tell you all!!!

Less than a week after I got my WRX, someone did the same thing to me... only driverside and both the bumber AND rear quarter!

I can't afford the repairs right now, but, luckily, the salesman hooked me up with some cover-up paint. I'm going to release my inner-artist and fix it myself.

Good luck with this, dude. I feel your pain.
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:43 AM   #5
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only driverside and both the bumber AND rear quarter!
Ouch!
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:43 AM   #6
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is the scratch deep enough you it will catch your fingernail when you slide it accross??? If it doesnt catch your nail, try taking it to a detail shop most likely they can knock it down to an un-noticable level or even completely remove it for a fraction of the cost.

just an idea
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:16 AM   #7
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I'd definitely see if you can polish it down to something more acceptable - start with something mild like a swirl mark remover and then progress to more aggressive things if that doesn't touch it.

If you want to try and paint it yourself, paintscratch.com is a good source for factory color paint in a spray can.
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:42 AM   #8
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If it'll buff that would be best because it's cheapest but if they are quoting paint it probably won't.

I would get the entire piece re-cleared. Anyone who is a half-ass painter should be able to blend the color so you don't see a difference in the color so that's no biggie. The bad part is the clear. Blending clear isn't hard to do but I don't believe its a proper repair.

The process is, sand the area, blend color, spray some blending clear in the area (hot clear that melds the existing clear to bond them), then some final coats of clear. The problem I have with this is that you creat a high spot when you blend the clear. That high spot is then blocked to match the rest of the car. You end up with a tapered edge on the blended spot where the clear is real thin. While blending clear is supposed to bond this so it doesn't ever peel, I don't buy it.

C/N - my opinion is that the only way to fix a deep scratch is to blend the color and clear the entire piece.
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:26 AM   #9
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I would get the whole thing repainted if a detail shop can't do it.
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Old 03-28-2006, 11:27 AM   #10
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Post some pics and let us see if you can just buff it out. If not, I had option # 2 done to my car and it came out flawless. I used to be into the detailing business so I would know good paint work. It's true that you will get some high spots in the clear but if it's done right you should be able to wetsand those spots out and never be able to tell. I was really impressed but it really depends on the quality of the prep and paint work.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:03 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies!

Unfortunately it can't be buffed out, since the scratches are down to the black plastic underneath. It's an area about five inches across and six inches high, with a major scuff at the top and a series of deep parallell scratches below. I'll try and grab a picture today.

Man I am still about it!
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:40 PM   #12
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Damn, sorry to hear that. It's seems that misfortune loves new cars. No more than two days of my mom getting her new Outback Limited, it got hit by a shopping cart at Walmart.
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Old 03-28-2006, 08:25 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies!

Unfortunately it can't be buffed out, since the scratches are down to the black plastic underneath. It's an area about five inches across and six inches high, with a major scuff at the top and a series of deep parallell scratches below. I'll try and grab a picture today.

Man I am still about it!

ohhh sh*# that sucks man, well id say if you can find a paint shop with a good rep option 2 would work. if your not sure on the level of there work id say get the thing completely repainted, but thats me. not sure on your funds level.
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Old 03-28-2006, 11:45 PM   #14
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$204 bucks huh they are making money off of that. Sence your talking to the dealer they will most likely call some paint repair specialist aka half ass paint guy to fix it around back of the dealer for a buck then charge you double. Donít worry man depending on the company you wont be able to tell it was ever there. Its a 06 they cant let the car go with ****y finish. I would pesonaly pay more to make sure and that the whole bumper was cleared in the booth.
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Old 03-29-2006, 01:24 AM   #15
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$204 bucks huh they are making money off of that. Sence your talking to the dealer they will most likely call some paint repair specialist aka half ass paint guy to fix it around back of the dealer for a buck then charge you double. Donít worry man depending on the company you wont be able to tell it was ever there. Its a 06 they cant let the car go with ****y finish. I would pesonaly pay more to make sure and that the whole bumper was cleared in the booth.
Well, it ain't THAT bad...it's actually an independent shop that the dealership recommended, cause that's where they send their cars. I think I'd feel more comfortable with them since they've done lots of Subarus.
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:16 AM   #16
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Post in your local forum asking where is a good shop locally. You might end up with a better shop or even hear feedback about the one you were going to use.
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:42 AM   #17
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Itís all good man. Like I said, who ever does the job it should turn out good. I was just saying what most dealers do with small jobs like blends and what not. If you see under my profile you can check out that web sight, Ive been doing it for three years and around my area they are the mostly known to take care of jobs of your description.
Good luck.
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:42 AM   #18
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Well, it ain't THAT bad...it's actually an independent shop that the dealership recommended, cause that's where they send their cars. I think I'd feel more comfortable with them since they've done lots of Subarus.
Not all dealerships use crapy body shops , just happens that 3 dealerships in my area use the same place that did my 8000.00 custom paintjob on my truck.....so sounds like a good thing to me
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:50 AM   #19
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You got it scratched already!

You don't deserve to own a new WRX, you should give it to me!

I have had my bumper painted several times, I would suggest getting the whole thing repainted, because the car is new you won't have to worry about the new part being shinier than the rest of the car.

I have been happy with each time it has been repainted.

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Old 03-29-2006, 02:34 PM   #20
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:22 PM   #21
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+1. esp in LA, your bumper is gonna get tapped/hit/scraped again. i had a good collection on my old accord until i got rear ended and got it fixed for free.
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:17 PM   #22
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I think the above is right. Around the DC metro area its the same way. may as well leave it lol.
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:56 PM   #23
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This is why I always park WAY out in the back of ALL parking lots... especially grocery stores/department stores, even if its down pouring, I don't care.
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