Last post on Jan 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM
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Hyundai Elantra, Exterior, Paint, Hatchback, Sedan
#6 of 15 Re: 2007 Elantra Paint Problems [gblackwe]
Apr 22, 2007 (6:22 pm)
You need to take it to the dealer. The black specs could be from airborne contaminants, e.g. "rail dust", or signs of a problem with the paint job. Either way, you want the dealer to see it ASAP so they know it was that way from the start.
#7 of 15 Re: 2007 Elantra Paint Problems [backy]
Apr 28, 2007 (6:25 am)
Took it to the dealer and was told it must to be 'rail dust' or sap. They told me to get a 'clay-bar' and rub the affected areas and that should take the contaminants off. I did this and it worked. Just re-waxed the area where the spots were and all is smooth!!
#8 of 15 Door guard repladement
Aug 05, 2007 (6:03 pm)
The bumper strip that protects the door panel on my 2004 Elantra was torn off recently.
Is this a DIY job or should I have it done at the dealers.
The door is not dented. I don't think I can use the old piece.
Some of the clips are still in their holes while others are broken or missing. Would someone give me step by step instructions on how to replace it?
#9 of 15 2006 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback - paint
Nov 13, 2007 (7:43 am)
I just bought a 2006 Hyundai Elantra hatchback and it has the black side molding (bumpers) that runs from front to back midway on the doors. This creates an ugly black line down the side of my white car. I suprised they continued to style the car this way through 2006...it makes the car look dated...more like a 1999 model. Most cars now have fiberglass side molding that is painted the same color as the car.
Anyway, is it possible to paint these black moldings on the side? Can I make them the same color as my car to make them less noticable?
#10 of 15 Re: 2006 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback - paint [melindaki]
Nov 13, 2007 (7:59 am)
Yeah, you can. I think you also might be able to buy the side moldings for an Elantra Limited and put those on, although your hatchback color may not have been available on the Limited so they might need to be painted as well. I think the Limited trim pieces have a chrome strip in there.
Not sure why you think that looks dated; lots of cars still have black belt trim. And.... I'm just wondering- if you don't like it that much, why did you buy the car?
#11 of 15 Re: 2006 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback - paint [doohickie]
Nov 13, 2007 (9:32 am)
I love the car...the price was great and it had low miles. It's exactly what I want, except for the side moldings. So, I can live with it like it is, but if I can paint them or replace them with fiberglass, then even better.
#12 of 15 Re: 2006 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback - paint [melindaki]
Nov 13, 2007 (11:06 am)
Don't know if this will help any, but the black trim is there on purpose to make the car look more "European", e.g. like a Saab. In fact the Saab hatch appears to be the car Elantra was targeting when they styled the '01-'06 hatch, IMO. I like the black trim (my car is red), not only the looks (kind of sporty I think) but I like the fact that if someone hits the trim, it doesn't put a gouge in paint as with painted trim. Think about it... that white-painted trim could quickly get all nicked up, and with black below the paint it will look... well, not too good.
#13 of 15 hyundai elantra factory dents in doors
Nov 13, 2007 (12:02 pm)
my 2002 elantra came with small creases in the tops of the doors and a faint crease in the side of the door,( i bought it new) you only see htem at the right angle but they are all there, i saw it was a problem with most 2002 elantras that were made before the problem was corrected in the welding of the door panels together. i went to dent pros but they couldnt get at them due to the safety re enforcement in the door panels.
does anybody else have this problem.?? did hyundai do anything about this problem
#14 of 15 Re: 2006 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback - paint [melindaki]
Nov 16, 2007 (5:02 pm)
I actually own an 07 Elantra and WANT black side body molding for that sporty look on the XD. Having a hard time finding them. All I can find are the same color style moldings, go figure.
#15 of 15 Rust on the disc brake calipers
Jan 12, 2008 (10:49 am)
I only had my 07 Elantra SE since August. The alloy wheels make the disc brakes very visible. I've noticed an amount of rust on both of the front disc brake calipers. Looks like insufficient galvinization. Should I be concerned over this? Is this under warranty? Thanks guys/gals for any info.