rear bumper paint on 2004 Outback Wagon

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by lucygirl1992, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. lucygirl1992

    lucygirl1992 Guest

    I was rear-ended recently and had to have the rear bumper in my 2004
    Outback Wagon (which I love by the way - other car is 1999 Jeep
    Wrangler, which I also love but I think I love the OB more) replaced.

    It is just the basic Outback model, not a sport, LL Bean, or H6 or

    I remember that the top part of the rear bumer was unpainted before, it
    came that way when I bought the car, and it appeared that there was
    some kind of rubber pad there. However, it did not say "Outback" or

    I liked this feature because as I am loading crap in and out of the
    back the bumper would not get all scratched up.

    Anyway, when the car came out of the body shop, that part of the bumper
    is painted black now. I complained that it wasn't right, because I
    know it wasn't painted before and I think it looks like crap now, plus
    I believe it will get all scratched up over time.

    Since I thought it was a pad or cover on there, the body shop has
    attempted to add this part for me, but they can't find it as an
    accessory, I went to Subaru myself and can't find it either.

    So, my questions are

    -Does anyone know if the top part of the rear bumper on a 2004 OB comes
    with a scratch pad or guard as a standard feature?

    -If not, and it is normally just unpainted raw bumper there, any
    opinions as to whether having this surface painted will be a problem or
    not? I don't really like how it looks now, plus I'm worried that it's
    going to be easily scratched, but I'm trying not to be a pain in the

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    lucygirl1992, Feb 14, 2005
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    Bonehenge Guest

    My '01 has a semi-gloss black strip that unfortunately dosen't cover
    the rear edge of the bumper. If the strip went all the way back, it
    would work better. This strip appears to be part of the bumper cover,
    not a separate part.

    Have you checked your original dealer? Maybe this was a dealer
    installed aftermarket part, not distributed by Subaru?

    Otherwise ask the body shop about protective films. These are clear,
    self-stick products, similar to heavy tape. It's usually used on nose
    panels to protect against stone chips. I'm pretty sure both 3M and
    Dupont offer a version of this, I've sure there are more. If the film
    gets chewed up, it's simply peeled off and replaced.

    Bonehenge, Feb 14, 2005
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  3. my '03 has a plastic 'flap' there. Hard to believe the Soob guys can't
    find the part, maybe its a 'trim' item that shows up as an option that
    just happens to be on almost eevery package?

    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Feb 14, 2005
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    lkreh Guest

    Someone's yanking your chain. The black plastic rear bumper cover is
    an easy to find factory accessory. I did a quick search at and found one for the 2004 Legacy which will fit
    your 2004 Outback:

    It shouldn't be hard to find the Outback-specific version. If your car
    had it before the accident repair, it should have it after the accident
    repair. Don't let your ins. co./repair shop off the hook!

    lkreh, Feb 14, 2005
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    Jack Guest

    For a 2004 Outback wagon without a rear bumper cover or any other
    attached rear bumper guards on top of the bumper, is the top of the
    bumper supposed to be painted?

    And if not, what are the pros and cons of getting it painted black?

    I would push for a new replacement bumper that is properly painted.
    Jack, Feb 17, 2005
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    Alan Guest

    The bumper has a black rubber surface on top- as if it were a step ladder.
    Alan, Feb 17, 2005
  7. lucygirl1992

    Jack Guest

    Is there any paint, clear coat paint, or clear sealer finish on that
    black rubber surface?

    Or, is it just left unfinished rubber?
    Jack, Feb 17, 2005
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