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Old 05-18-2001, 04:45 PM   #1
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Post An interesting idea regarding Subaru's paint. (order a paintless car!)

Since Subaru just can't seem to get a paint job done right (in many people's humble opinion) and even the new WRX's have paint problem's how about this idea:

Order the car with just primer, no paint!

I'm not kidding at all with this, I just wish it was an available option. That way you could take it to your favorite body shop and have them paint it the way IT NEEDS to be painted in whatever color you want! STi Yellow or pink anyone?? Lots and lots of coats too, so the paint wouldn't look like **** after only a couple of years.

Now I know they use a special process with the "baking" at the factory and bla-bla-bla, but I really feel you could get a better than subaru-factory paintjob this way, as long as you took it somewhere good. No paintjob for the lotboy to screw up with the buffer, either. And not to mention you may get a small discount on the price of the car with the "paint-it-yourself" option.

Maybe I'm just jaded because I have seen so many Impreza's and Forester's with crappy paint, including my own. But I really do think this is a good idea, and one that the SIPP might even bring to Subaru's attention. (Just think Subiegal you could get a WRX with subiegal graphics in paint!)

Thought's on this anyone??

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Old 05-18-2001, 05:28 PM   #2
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Interesting idea. What about stainless steel body panels? You'd never even have to paint it Talk about Bling!

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Old 05-18-2001, 05:51 PM   #3
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stainless steel body panels?!??!?!?

Great, not another DeLorean! What are you gonna do, smuggle drugs in the trunk too, LOL?

Seriously speaking, the biggest cost of painting a car after it's left the factory is taking it apart, and putting it back together again after painting. It'd be far better to just purchase a bare chassis or heavily stripped down version (a la WRX-RA) from Subaru, just like race teams do. There's simply no point in doing this - you'd be better off just paying Subaru an extra premium to take your car off the assembly line and hand-build it for you!


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Old 05-18-2001, 06:28 PM   #4
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ummmm, as long as we're wishing, how 'bout they just use better paint?
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Old 05-18-2001, 07:21 PM   #5
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[rant mode = on]

Gavin, that is a wish of mine also. I just cringe when I look at my less than two year old paint. It is simply rediculous! It is ridiculous to the point that I would consider a "no-factory paint" option and the expense that it would bring (easily 5 g's to have it done to my satisfaction). The paint is one of the major beefs that I have about my Impreza, and some people even are considering on not buying another one because of the crappy paint.

In fact, if I wasn't such a Subaru nut and didn't grow up around other Subaru nut's, I can tell you that I would not buy another one based on this fact alone. I guess maybe that's stupid, but a car's paint is a very expensive part of the car and the future value of the car is determined, in part, based on paint condition. I would rather pay more money to buy one with a better paint job then the Earl Schieb job that they gave us. It is sad when domestic POS's have better paintjobs, but yes, they have a lot of low quality stuff where it really counts.

I applaud Subaru for the other quality parts of the car and the "generally" quality build. But Subaru should be ashamed of itself for skimping on paint quality to save cost. I would rather pay extra money, I say again!!
[rant mode = off]

I love my Subie, but not my Subie's paint.
And with all of this said, I will not be getting anything as dark as or darker than my current RS's color when I buy my next Subaru.

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Old 05-19-2001, 02:26 AM   #6
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Subaru could learn from the Germans. Or even the Italians, these days... Ferrari couldn't paint worth a damn years ago, but recently they've smartened up.

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Old 05-19-2001, 09:21 AM   #7
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I couldn't get the color I wanted anyway, so the crappy paint is a good excuse to get my car the way I want it - White!
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Old 05-19-2001, 11:05 AM   #8
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I couldn't agree with you more JJ. In fact, I said just about the same thing on the WRX forum a few days ago.

Would it add so much to the cost of the car to put on a good paint job? NO. Maybe a little more but I would also be willing to pay more for a car cause it has good paint.

Ok, again if Subaru is reading this. I will speak up.

<FONT size="4"><FONT COLOR="red">I will pay more for a subaru if they have a better paint job.</FONT c></FONT s>
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Old 05-19-2001, 05:18 PM   #9
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Check this out, the paint on my front bumper has worn off, (not chipped), I can actually see the black of factory bumper through the paint now. Never had any problems with paint on any VW cars.
There should be a law against paint applied so thin that it wears away in 3.5 years!

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Old 05-19-2001, 06:11 PM   #10
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Look what I found on Subaru Canada's website regarding the 2002 Impreza's finish:

The Subaru quality finish is the result of a multi-step protection process, with successive coatings applied, including electrode position priming to make every car more corrosion proof. Rocker panels, wheel wells, underframe and gas tank are all coated with sealer and asphalt noise insulation.
Isn't that funny considering the number of people not satisfied with Subaru's paint job quality??
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