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Old 04-16-2006, 07:55 AM   #1
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Has anyone out there had paint problems? This Tribeca is my first Subaru and I love it but I have noticed a lot of small rust stains on the paint already after only 5000 miles.

The color is the metallic white. I bought it in November and since I live in the Northeast I found a warm place to get it in and applied 2 coats of wax for the winter. During the winter it got washed every 2 weeks or less, far more often than any other car or truck I have owned. I have never seen this situation in any of the 30 +/- cars I have owned.

The stains are about 1/8" in size and can be found on every panel on the car as well as in door jambs, etc. A little polish takes them right off, but I am really concerned what is going to happen over the next couple winters.

Does anyone know of a problem with this paint color?

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Old 04-16-2006, 02:04 PM   #2
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I think that is some surface contamination attached to the paint. I would suggest you clay it and rewax it. Those stain should go away. Clay Magic is a good choice (www.claymagic.net). Just make sure you use enough lubrication while you clay it.
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Old 04-16-2006, 05:45 PM   #3
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I think that is some surface contamination attached to the paint. I would suggest you clay it and rewax it. Those stain should go away. Clay Magic is a good choice (www.claymagic.net). Just make sure you use enough lubrication while you clay it.
Bull****, take it to the dealership NOW!! You have 5 year rust protection warranty, take advantage of it!!
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:46 AM   #4
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Do you happen to live near a railroad track? Probably what you are seeing is what is known as rail dust. It's from metal particles that are in the air, land on your vehicle and then rust due to weather conditions. Get them off as soon as you can before they penetrate the paint. This may require a professional detailer. After that, have them apply an extra coat of wax and you should not have the problem again for awhile.

You might want to try bringing it up with the dealer. Depending on how long you have had the car, they may take care of it for you. I just did for a customer that only had their vehicle for 6 months.

I didn't believe (when the detailer told me) that it was rail dust either. Then I picked up my daughter from her friends house that day and checked her parents cars. They live about 500 feet from the Amtrak track, which goes by their house about 3 times a day. Their cars were covered in it, and they are both brand new Toyotas, less than 6 months old.
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thanks for the guidance. I plan to go to the dealer this week. No I don't live or park near the tracks....they are over 15 miles away but I am guessing the vehicle was delivered to the dealer via train. I have only owned the vehicle for 5 months so I hope the dealer will help out.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:42 PM   #6
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15 miles is still considered close. (It travels far) Call any body shop and they will tell you what rail dust is. You could also go closer to the tracks and check out some cars there. They will have it too.

It could have also happened on the train when the vehicle was in transit
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