Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: ID, MT, ND, I'm a transient
Car: 2004 Outback Wagon, Mystic Blue Pearl
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Clear coat cracking, having car repainted
A few weeks ago I was giving my car it semi-annual bath, and I noticed these hairline cracks starting to appear all over the hood, roof and quarters. So I took the car into the local dealer, and had them take a look at it. They decided that it was definitely a warranty issue, and today had me stop by so their district service manager could take a look at it. He concurred that there was definetly a problem, so they had me go down to their local paint shop to have them work up an estimate to repair the problem. It looks like it is going to require repainting the whole car, because on closer inspection we found there were these cracks on almost every panel of the car.
After talking to the paint guy, he said that this is typically caused by an over application of clear coat at the factory, which prevents the car from curing properly. He said he had seen it before, and that it wasn't atypical.
So now we will see if Subaru balks at the cost to fix the car. Hopefully they won't give me too much of a hard time. The rough estimate at the body shop was in the $4000 range, so I am sure they will cringe when they hear that. But we will see.
Talking to the body guy, it sounds like they do a good job. They use Dupont products, and they do a full wet sand and polish on the car after the paint job, so I should have a sweet paint job when I am done! I will keep you posted.
I'm not retarded, I just don't proofread my posts