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Old 06-18-2000, 12:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy Car wash rants and raves (long)

OK... so the wife and I finally get around to washing our cars yesterday (we bought them together six months ago, RS for me and OBS for her, and our license # are only 1 off), and I had the following thoughts:

1. I've read it many times, but I was shocked just how thin our paint it. There were small chips EVERYWHERE. I think I even lost paint due to bugs!

2. Don't park downtown if you value your paintjob. The doors had way too many dings, and of course most of them had paint chips as well.

3. Why the F*** doesn't the Subaru touchup paint match the STM? The touchup paint is at least three shades lighter, and it's hard as hell to apply.

4. Having never waxed any of my cars before, I must say that it makes a huge improvement in the shine department. I took the adivse of the board and used McGuire's wax... I only washed and waxed it. I can't imagine how it would look if I had done
what some members do (cleaner was, liquid shine, etc.)

5. I used some industrial strength citrus cleaner from Home Depot on the wheels (you know, the one's w/ "This might kill you" warnings on the label ). I gotta say that even special purpose "tire cleaners" do not work this well. Just spary it on and rinse... no scrubbing! All the break dust and grease just flowed right off. Ok, I sound like an informercial, but it really works! Just be careful not to get too much on the paint... supposedly it eats through that as well.

6. I also discovered that my bumpers had been in a few parking lot "incidents." Some were minor enough to escape my notice until I washed all the dirt of. Basically all four corners of my car has scratch marks from idiots who can't drive the SUVs without hitting people. I still can't get over that fact the people w/ Grand Cherokees and EXPEDITIONS insist on squeezing their boats into compact-only spaces. UUUUUUUGGGHH!!!!!!!

anyway... at least I got the satisfaction of someone saying "Hey... nice Subaru" at the shopping center right after I washed it. Never had that happen before.
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Old 06-18-2000, 12:17 PM   #2
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I don't know how they do it. Whenever I drive my Jeep I have a hard enough time trying to fit it in a regular space. I can't even imagine trying to fit it in a compact space. My RS is still dent free at this point.
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Old 06-18-2000, 12:17 PM   #3
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your finally washing the car after owning it for six months???? (poor car)
i'm going to have to call the scoobie abusers hotline on you!!! LOL
my baby gets a washing at lease once a week.

oh wait i need to go wash it right now.
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Old 06-18-2000, 12:32 PM   #4
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weird... i just got done washing my car
it sure is hard washing your car in the sun, i wish i had soem shade near my garage.
Old 06-18-2000, 12:59 PM   #5
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The shine is incredible if you use the 3 stage process...but the best part is that you can continue to repeat the glaze and the wax part as often as you want. I do it twice a week.

As for the chips/dings...all I can say is that I'm in the same boat, only not as severe. Paint chips up front, the molding is chipped on one spot, scratches on the quarter panel, etc, etc. Life goes on I guess.
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Old 06-18-2000, 03:52 PM   #6
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shake the bottle of touch up paint for about 10 minutes, and it will match. Had I known that before I did the hood, I'd be all set. The scratch in the rear bumper (post-10 minute shaking) is barely noticeable.
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Old 06-18-2000, 04:04 PM   #7
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That is why I have a white RS. I will only buy non-metalic painted cars. The Legacy I owned before my RS was metalic, everytime I used the touch up paint it never matched. I touch up my white RS it looks much better than metalic paint. I just wish the paint was better on these cars.
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Old 06-18-2000, 04:06 PM   #8
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I was wondering if you had to use the stage 3 wax? I have the gold class wax and was wondering if that would mess with the polish.

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Old 06-18-2000, 09:11 PM   #9
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I have the 3 step and the gold class ...No you don't have to do the 3 step one..
I use it once or twice a summer and use the gold class as the usual wax...much easier and much less time consuming
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