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Old 04-06-2005, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Just got my car back from a shop for repainting.. question

Got my car back after a few weeks at a shop for repaint of hood and front bumper.

I am not sure how well repainted front bumper and hood will hold up compared to factory painted parts. I hear that peeling and cracking are common problems with freshly painted parts. What should I do to keep the car paint in good shape beside waxing it? Is it always true that shops use OEM Subaru paints?

Your input is appreciated.

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Old 04-06-2005, 11:46 PM   #2
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www.rockblocker.com will be your best bet
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Old 04-07-2005, 07:33 AM   #3
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suprisingly the already crappy Subaru paint has held up better than my body shop-painted parts.. they chip very easily and my front lip is disgusting now then again, it's polyurethane parts too.
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Old 04-07-2005, 08:28 AM   #4
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Don't wax it for 2-3 months! And don't put that rockblocker on for 3 months either! Let the paint cure properly.
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Old 04-07-2005, 08:46 AM   #5
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From what I know, if the parts were primared and painted properly it should hold up fine. It comes down to the quality of work the bodyshop does.
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:59 AM   #6
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If you have any questions about our products please feel free to let us know. When a vehicle is repainted you must wait for the paint to finish curing. The 90 days is a timeline, but there are ways to test or figure oout what would be best for sure. You can speak with your painter or us about it if you would.

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Old 04-07-2005, 11:07 AM   #7
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yea man, don't put hard wax or anything to cover up the paint, you're paint job has to "breathe" for at least 2-3 months
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Old 04-07-2005, 11:24 AM   #8
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If a repainted part isn't any better than the factory parts a shop has done something wrong. Peeling is either caused by a shop applying too much paint or not using the correct adhesion promoter/flex additive on plastic parts.

As for a shop using the same paint as Suby, who knows. Suby might use one brand of paint or they might buy batches from different manufacturers but who knows what it would be. Perosnally, I always use PPG and might say it's the best. But the truth is that are many companies that have the same quality of paint. 99.99999% of paint failures are due to painter/prep error. (no primer, wrong primer, not sanding enough, not using flex add, not using adhesion promoter, not removing wax, incorrect mix ratios, drying times, temp, and the list can go on and on and on.)

and das my $$$ .02
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Old 04-07-2005, 11:31 AM   #9
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I'll be researching this later....when I get a new fender for my car, but it's def something I'd like to find out as well...

*free bump*
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:48 PM   #10
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My car cover says not to use it on repainted vehicles. Doesn't say why, and I'm pretty confused. I'm probably going to be getting my car painted because there's a lot of little nicks off the hood and front bumper
Anyone know why you wouldn't be able to use a cover on a repainted car?
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:19 PM   #11
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^ I think (and I'm not an expert so don't quote me on this) but the deal with the cover is the same as wax... moisture etc can build up under the cover. Each cover is different in what it "lets through" either from the top or out from the inside. My guess is that they a) are warning you against ruining the paint like if you wax it; or b) putting on a warning even though their product is good in letting out "bad air" so they can cover themselves from looking bad. OCCC(C?) told me I should wait a couple of weeks and that it should be fine for the amount I had painted (side skirts and front lip). I never asked about the whole car but if you had a lot painted I would hold off.
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