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  1. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hello everyone! First post here so I'm hoping I'm posting this in the correct subforum. About half a year ago I purchased my first car a 2017 Mazda 3 GS Hatchback for a pretty good deal in my area. I'm the second owner but the first owner didn't take the best care of the exterior of the car...
  2. Interior / Exterior
    Hi Everyone I needed to do some touch-up to my Black-Mica (color code 16W) Mazda and I got the DupliColor "Perfect Match" for that color + the clear top coat. While the color really matches, I notice that the original paint has some "metallic sparkles" that the DupliColor paint do not provide...
  3. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Purchased my 2018 GT hatch a few weeks back. So far I love the car except I find the steering wheel uncomfortable. I wish the area where you keep your hands around was round instead of oval. I noticed this yesterday since the car was a little dirty. I noticed the attached issue with paint on...
  4. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    So there’s construction at my work atm and the painters where painting the building and before they painted they asked me if I was parked right front of the the building and needed to move my 2018 Mazda 3 GS back so I don’t get paint speckles on my car and so I did move my car back thinking it...
  5. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Alright peeps. I got an issue with my badge and my paint so I need advice on what to do. I will get pics as soon as possible to show the issue.
  6. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I bought my 2017 GT 3 Sedan (Red) last July with 9 miles on it. I keep it in the garage when at home. From the first time I washed it, I noticed the paint feels almost like sandpaper when you run your hand across it (gently) when clean. I use the two-bucket method and a VERY CLEAN wash mitt...
  7. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    So I would never spend 1500 on the OEM kit (my car was $7.5K and the kit is just some plastic), even the aftermarket parts are pricey IMO (my accord OEM styled front lip was $30 lol). It seems like no one puts them on without painting first? Anyone have input on how durable the paint is? I would...
  8. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hi. I bought a new Mazda 3 sport 2018 machine gray almost two months ago. From week one I noticed that the paint coating was very week and low quality. I’m extremely obsess with the car care. I use like 10-15 microfiber towels only for paint cleaning, after removing dust with low pressure...
  9. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I have read through the forums and I am aware that bumper paint mismatch is a common complaint. I'm hoping some people can give me some advice. I have a Soul Red mazda3. It was mismatched enough that mazda USA decided it should be repaired and the following occurred: 1. The dealer repainted...
  10. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I recently purchased a pre-owned 2015 Mazda 3 GT (I think Americans would call this trim a S Grand Touring). Anyway, the previous owner applied a vinyl decal to the bottom of the doors (as seen in the attached photo). What are the odds that if I remove that decal the paint won't match...
  11. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I bought my 2015 hatch used. The paint has some swirls and unfortunately some holograms on the rear doors. Looking around at getting a paint correction and then a coating. Prices are pretty absurd arpund me, over $1000. One place asking $1500. I guess this is how much it costs for the work. I...
  12. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hello Please help me figure out the type of/name of the glossy black plastic trim paint that I can use to get my iGT grille to look something like this Thanks
  13. 2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    My 17 year old self cannot think straight some times.. I was removing the then ruined silver pinstripes, and, after removing it with a plastic razors and goo gone, i noticed glue residues under. I tried with every microfiber towel possible and goo gone but the adhesive wouldnt come off. I had...
  14. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Has anyone painted their engine covers? I figured it would be easier and less likely to fail than painting the valve cover. I wanted to add a personal touch without going too ricer so I stuck to a nice aluminum finish on the centerpiece and left the left and right sides original plastic and also...
  15. 2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Paint Stripper/ Remover on RX8 OEM wheels * FAIL* I just bought a set of RX8 Wheels that have been previously painted and I'm planning to resurface it and paint them due to curb rashes, the whole 9 yards. I've never delt with painted wheels besides plasti dip, Would anyone know thats the best...
  16. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hi, I have a relatively new 2017 Mazda 3 Jet black pearl that I bought 6 months ago. I've babied the car and have only taken it thorough an automatic car wash 4-5 times. It has been parked outside under a shady tree for its life. Today I came back from the car wash and noticed a subtle...
  17. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I have a few chips I need to touch up and wondered what your experiences have been with various touch-up paint options. I know you can get paint pens from the dealership. But what else? I've seen some kits online that include base, mid, and clear coat with a little brush too. What have you used...
  18. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I bought the Mazda 3 with the Soul Red Paint, and i already have a paint chip on the side of my door. Under the driver side mirror. I contacted my Mazda dealership... nada. Nothing. They don't wanna help. They said it would be too expensive to fix. And that I should buy the touch up paint pin...
  19. Interior / Exterior
    I damaged the rear bumper of my3 this past weekend. Can anyone recommend a auto body shop in the LA area? The damage is about the size of a dime, but it is right in the middle of my rear bumper. It is beyond a simple wax/buff. -Thanks
  20. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hey guys. I just purchased a BaysonR spoiler for my '17 hatchback. As some of you may know, BaysonR's products are made of ABS plastic, and they come unpainted. Therefore, I will have to paint the spoiler myself. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea how to go about doing this. I don't...
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