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Picked up the new OB two weeks ago and just noticed that the dealer installed bumper protector has lifted exposing a 1/4” gap that is sure to get filled with all kinds of road crap. I called my Salesman and he said they will fix it. My question is; can these be removed without damaging the paint?
 

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They will need to remove it and reinstall. I have installed one on each of my wife's Foresters.

It is only held on by two lengths of 3M double sided tape. Appears they pushed the protector two far forward during the install causing the lip of the cover not to sit flush on the bumper cover.

Should be an easy repair.
 
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They will need to remove it and reinstall.
They may have to put a new one on, depending upon how sticky the tape on the underside is. If you put it on according to the instructions, then this can't happen, simply because you only peel part of the tape off first while you make sure it's positioned right, THEN you peel the rest of the tape off while it's down. (There's tabs that stick out that make this easy to do. I may have even done this a few times myself just because our shop was closed.)
 

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Picked up the new OB two weeks ago and just noticed that the dealer installed bumper protector has lifted exposing a 1/4” gap that is sure to get filled with all kinds of road crap. I called my Salesman and he said they will fix it. My question is; can these be removed without damaging the paint?
Should be able to remove it with no problems damaging the paint.
Should.

However, there have been threads from others who have had problems with peeling paint on the white bumper covers so anything is possible. The only reason pulling it off would peel the paint is if the paint is defective to begin with. Most likely there won't be any problems though.
 

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Odd, this just happened to our 2016 OB as well. Stop at Canadian Tire on the way home to grab some 3M tape and Re & Re this weekend.
I feel like I'm at Canadian Tire every day! I actually have an appointment with the dealer next week. They said they will look after it.
 

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During trip to Europe at the Subaru dealership in Poland.
We never get to keep any nice things with you kids in the house!

The only side effect to that bumper protector; the car smells like stuffed cabbage and sauerkraut. (JOKE! I am Polish so I can say that)
 

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Mine has warped upward on the corner so much that the automatic hatchback won’t open. Any tips on how to get it to lie flat again? Glue under that corner? Or disinstall completely and reinstall? Thanks
What year is your car? If the plastic is that warped then the glue may let go and it may pop up again. Ideal solution would be to buy a new bumper protector to replace the old one. If you're doing it yourself then the surface needs to be properly prepared for adhesion etc.

A photo of the warped bumper protector would give folks a better idea of what to suggest.
 
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Dealer installed rear bumper step cover on my 2019 OB when purchased new in May 2019. Not too long after I noticed one side did not have full contact. Deferred having it fixed since nothing else needed warranty work. Recently asked the dealer to fix; no problem. Dealer wanted to wait a month or two when warm weather would return. Recently done. Looks great now!
 
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