Troubleshoot Subaru Impreza Fender Troubles
Driving the stylish Subaru Impreza is always a pleasure. Its compact body gives you the impression that you can make your car a zippy one. This makes your precious Impreza prone to minor fender benders. Don't sweat. If the damages are not too major, you can easily fix them yourself. Here are some tips on how you can keep yourself from spending hard-earned cash on costly Subaru Impreza fender repairs.
Major fender dent
If you find a big dent on your fender then prepare for an afternoon with your car. If the dent is a little bigger, then you would have to detach the fender from the body so you can manipulate it. You would need a jack, jack stands, lug wrench, wrench, screw driver, hand-held suction cup, a hammer, and vice-grip pliers. Remove parts that are attached to the fender then detach it from the vehicle. Use the suction cup to pull on the dent outward. Then, hammer-pound the dent using gentle taps, while supporting the other side with a dolly. If there are bent parts on the fender, you can use the vice-grip pliers to bend it back into place.
Minor fender dent
If the dent is small enough then you can fix it without removing the fender from the body of the vehicle. Use vice-grip pliers to gently pull on the bent part of the dent until it's more or less straightened. Sand the affected area using 180-grit sandpaper to remove all trace of paint. Fill the dent with body filler until it's higher than the fender plane using a plastic squeegee. Leave to harden and dry for two hours. Then, smooth and even it out with a 220-grit sandpaper.
Chipped or scratched paint
After fixing the dent, place masking tape and paper around the sanded area. Use a microfiber rag to wipe wax and grease remover over it. Then, apply a thick coat of primer using a spray. Let it dry for half an hour then smooth it out with 300-grit sandpaper. Wipe it down with wax and grease remover again, and then spray paint three thin coats of paint. Give 15 minutes intervals in between coats, to let the paint to dry. Finish off with three coats of clear paint using the same procedure. Finally, let the area dry for 24 hours before driving the vehicle.
Things to remember
Use a small hammer for small dents, and a bigger hammer for the bigger dents. When pulling on the bent part with vice-grip pliers, avoid over-pulling and raising it above the surrounding surface. Use the same paint color on the repaired area; exact info is found on the driver's side door.