Do all Forester XT's have these ugly paint defects ?

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by chester, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. chester

    chester Guest

    I've been looking at a red Subaru Forester 2.5 XT
    at a local dealership.

    One day I noticed what appeared to be a long scratch
    in the paint on one side just above the front window
    (or just below the edge of the roof) about 1 foot aft
    of the windshield.

    The next time I went back to look at it I noticed that
    there was a similar mark on the other side. So I knew
    that these are not scratch marks but irregularities in
    the paint caused by the manufacturing process.

    After looking around more carefully I found two more
    similar marks in the back less than 1 foot from the
    rear glass window.

    I've placed an order for a silver Forester XT and now
    I'm wondering if it's going to have the same problem.

    The other Foresters (X and XS) that I looked at don't
    appear to have the same problem.

    I usually go to this dealership in the evening after
    they close so I haven't had a chance to talk to anybody
    about this problem. So if anybody else has seen similar
    marks on other Forester XT's please let me know.

    chester, Sep 8, 2003
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  2. it's quite easy, Chester... if the Silver XT you have has similar defects,
    note the VIN, and refuse delivery of that particular vehicle.
    Andrew Morris, Sep 8, 2003
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    Mark Guest

    Is this a known problem with Silver? Just wondering cause this
    weekend I was waxing my WRX (silver) and noticed some *strange* paint.
    Can you fill us in ???


    Mark, Sep 8, 2003
  4. chester

    chester Guest

    I think this defect is caused by a small gap between
    two pieces of metal that join underneath the paint.

    If the gap is a little larger than it should be or
    if the surface of the two pieces are not perfectly
    aligned then the paint can crack along this gap
    resulting in what looks like a deep scratch mark.
    chester, Sep 9, 2003
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    Ken Gilbert Guest

    they are not paint defects. they are remnants of the adhesive used to
    hold on the protective plastic/paper guards to prevent damage during

    rub them with a bit of wax and you will see they disappear. i had
    them on my black 03 rex wagon.

    Ken Gilbert, Sep 9, 2003
  6. Ken is right. I had the same thing on my '04 XT in Java Black. I freaked
    when I saw it but the dealer used wax and wiped it off.
    No harm done.
    Y2KRedMustang, Sep 9, 2003
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    brentlz Guest

    That's we thought it was on my '02 WRX until the dealer's detail guy
    agreed it was definitely a scratch into the paint totally across the
    roofline just behind the upper windshield gasket...not a raised ridge
    that could be polished out. Guessing it was a cut in paint from when
    protective covering was taken off.

    They sent it to a local paint shop to be taken care of...looks fine 20K
    sunny AZ miles later. Now I couldn't say the same about the rock-
    chipped bumper cover, hood, fenders, doors, etc...

    brentlz, Sep 10, 2003
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    E Smith Guest

    same here on black forester, it shows up more after it gets dirty, the
    adhesive attracts dirt, polished it all off I thought but still seeing a
    little here and there, hehe I panicked too.

    E Smith, Sep 10, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    And my brand new 04 OBW LLBean has these same lines just aft of the rear
    moonroof. The are perfectly straight and go accross the roof. Dealer says
    it's glue lines, thought they look like scratches to me. He seemed like, "Oh
    yeah, another one with the glue lines." It's there today for a trailer
    hitch, differential protector and (a full) re-detailing to remove the lines.
    I'll let you know what happens...
    Alan, Sep 10, 2003
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    Mark Guest

    I also noticed the chips on the hood of my WRX. I thought maybe it's
    because the low hood line and it's easier to get rock hits than my
    wifes Forester. However, I'm starting to wonder if the paint Subaru
    uses is crap. Oh well, guess I have to live with it.
    Mark, Sep 10, 2003
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    PeterD Guest

    I got by bonnet re-sprayed, but i had to write a letter to subaru australia
    head office requesting it. It got done at a professional spray-painter, so
    i'm not expecting the flaking to re-appear (fingers crossed)
    PeterD, Sep 10, 2003
  12. chester

    brentlz Guest

    Just accept it as Subaru thin & brittle paint. FWIW, My '93 SE-R with
    85K+ miles has almost no chips when compared to my '02 WRX (only
    noticeable chips on the SE-R are along the hood leading edge). 'Tis
    especially annoying in a local where replacing the windshield every
    other year is a simple fact of life. Guess I should start setting aside
    a repaint fund...

    brentlz, Sep 11, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    Got the car back from the shop. The lines are gone. No trace of any defect.
    I don't know if they were glue lines or scratches, but the car looks perfect
    now, except that red really shows the dust! I had a tan car before, and it
    never looked dirty (tan is the same color as dirt, I guess).
    Alan, Sep 11, 2003
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    chester Guest

    Thanks for all the responses. Now I just have to wait for
    the dealer to call me when they have a silver or white one.
    chester, Sep 12, 2003
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    KaminoCloner Guest

    Hi Guys,
    I work for GM Holdens here in Australia in a Process control group in the
    Paint Shop.
    Firstly i agree that the thin plastic adhesive type of covers used when
    exporting will leave some gum marks.
    If the Paint is enamel (which most factorys are) and metallic, it has both a
    basecoat and a clear coat.
    If small scratches appear in the clearcoat , it can be finessed out by fine
    rubbing with a fine grit paper and buffed to smooth over the clear.
    Most small defects can be finessed out.

    Holden worker , Subaru owner.
    KaminoCloner, Nov 18, 2003
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