Help with rust, nicks, and scratches on a 2015 WRX (Rusting Already WTF)
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    Help with rust, nicks, and scratches on a 2015 WRX (Rusting Already WTF)

    I bought my 2015 Wrx Limited back in July last year already have 15k miles on it so its done a lot in the first 9 months. I am looking for help on scratch and rust repair cause somehow I've already got some nasty rust right above my front windshield... I know I'm going to get ridiculed for not having put on opticoat or a clear bra and the like, and i will agree those were my fault. I put on mud flaps very early on but never decided to add on a clear protective coat so now I need help in deciding how to fix whats wrong already. The first picture is the worst and like i said its right above the front windshield smack dab in the middle of the car. Second is right in the door well of the rear drivers side door and 3rd picture is on the opposite side of the car still rear door well. There are other small nicks i saw while taking these pictures but very similar to these. As for the surface scratches in the last 3 pictures (and there are many many more surface scratches on the car i didn't take a picture of all of them) I believe they are not all from my driving, but a lot are actually being created by ****ing homeless cats who wonder around my parking lot at work all day and I've caught laying on my car. I don't know if i can do much about this beside park in a different part of the parking lot, the problem is I'm out of the office a lot in a work truck and so I can't always check if these scummy cats are destroying my car. Anyways I am really looking for ideas on how to deal with each of these problems the rust surface scratches and small nicks that haven't started rusting yet before they do start to rust. any help would be appreciated I'm really apprehensive about starting to through touch up paint onto the car before I'm 100% positive in what I'm doing to prevent rust and whatever else or if i can just use a scratch removal set for the surface scratches.

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    That top rust spot looks pretty bad. Your best bet would be to have that spot repainted.

    The others look like touch up paint might do a decent enough job until you can protect them with OptiCoat, 3M vinyl film, or whatever other options are out there.

    The scratches... Hmmmm. Touch up paint might be a pain in the ass to apply to those. But... worth a try. If you aren't comfortable with touch up paint on those marks, I would just suggest having it repainted.

    I know some high-end detailing places can wrap your entire car in clear vinyl.

    One day, Japanese automotive companies will realize that investing in a thicker coat is a good idea.

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    Use scratch x by hand on the scratches.

    Homeless cats are not homeless, they are feral. If you count up all the damage they do and animals they kill it is by no means "humane" not to control them.
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    thanks for the help i tried Quixx Scratch and i thought it worked then 24 hours later and the scratches were so obvious still. I'll have to buy some scratch x. and whether you call them homeless or feral idc they suck

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    The first one needs addressed asap. Check the warranty book they may have a rust clause.

    To fix it properly the entire area will need to be sanded, primed and repainted, do not half-ass it, a little spot will grow to be a big problem if not addressed properly.

    My recommendation is to go get touch up paint from the dealer. Once a week clean and dry the car by hand and apply touch up paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snauce View Post
    thanks for the help i tried Quixx Scratch and i thought it worked then 24 hours later and the scratches were so obvious still. I'll have to buy some scratch x. and whether you call them homeless or feral idc they suck
    Get it clean and use a clean rag - you can push pretty hard as the abrasive breaks down as it works.
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