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  1. Paint and Bodywork (minor dents, scuffs) on 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback GS

    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. "Metallic" effect on paint touch-up?

    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. Issues with paint

    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. How do I remove paint speckles off my Mazda 3?

    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. Badge and paint issues

    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. Sand Paper Paint

    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. Aftermarket Aero - Paint? Durability?

    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. Terrible paint coat quality on machine gray

    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. Yet another soul red paint match problem

    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. Does the Soul Red Mica paint fade badly?

    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. Mazda paint in regards to paint correction

    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. Glossy black trim paint

    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. Damage on paint. (Scotch Pad)

    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. Engine Cover Paint

    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. Paint Stripper/ Remover on RX8 OEM wheels

    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. Dark spot/"stain" on hood paint of 2017 M3

    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. Touch-up paint recommendations

    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. Thin paint

    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. Los Angeles Body Shop Needed

    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. How to paint ABS plastic?

    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...