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Old 02-19-2018, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default Help ASAP! 2018 STI I just took home from dealer has some weird dmg on clear coat!

As you can see there are tiny holes in this image that are all over the car and the bigger ones as you can see have a black raised center that you can't even scratch off with your finger nail.

This is something you can feel with your finger tips. When you run your hand over the car the paint doesn't feel smooth, it feels rough almost like sand paper. Even when drying with a microfiber towel, you can hear each one of those catching on the towel.

I have no idea what this is but I am going back to the dealership this morning in 2 hours and I would like to be able to tell them what it is.

I think it might be rail dust but not sure.
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:58 AM   #2
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Could be pin rust. Either way, this should have not made it past delivery inspection before you signed and drove off. What happened?
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:53 PM   #3
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Most likely "rail dust." Detail department at the dealership definitely should of caught that, but a good clay bar detail should take care of it followed by a nice paste wax.
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:01 AM   #4
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Iron x , clay , buff
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:51 PM   #5
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Agree with iron x or claying or both. It's amazing how iron deposits can look like holes depending on angle you are looking at. A thorough detail should remove all these spots
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:16 PM   #6
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I just bought a brand new STI, in the same exact color too. I had a few of the exact same marks. Maybe ours came off the japenese boat together lmao. Anyway I wouldn't worry about them, they're like hard tree sap marks or something similar. I was able to clay bar them off and then polish over the remnants. Came out like new.
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