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Old 04-15-2008, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've only had this car 3 weeks and there are more paint chips missing on the hood than on the 3 year old Kia I traded in. Now something has to be wrong here... the bumper (vinyl) is absorbing little nicks and not chipping, the hood avgs. 3 or more chips per day, and after the 1st. week, I made it a point not to follow anyone on the highway.....and I'm still finding chips. I can't be the only one with this problem. This thing is going to look like the lunar landscape in 6 monthe to a year !!!!!!
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imagine how mine looks in black after two bad winters in PA letalone my windshield
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I applied 3-M's paint protecting film to the front of my hood and the front bumper. It works great! No paint chips!

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Well, I caved in and bought the deflector for the hood, looks nice, but I think I'm going to have to do the on and off thing for soft brush car washes. I have to say....went up and down the highway to work today...bugs..trucks...all kinds of stuff, came home, checked it all out and for the first time no hood chips! The front mud flaps are also stopping some of the same micro-chipping on the bottom of the front door panels.

I was reading up on the 3M stuff. How was it to apply? Did it go down and create wrinkles that wouldn't smooth out ??? What about the edge across the hood ? Very noticible ? I'm still thinkin' about it, but I'm afraid with this sub-par paint job, if I make a mistake and try to lift it off, I'll rip the whole topcoat off !!!
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It isn't too difficult to apply. You spray soapy water on the body panel, then apply the 3-M film then squeegee the water out. Best of all, you can remove the film if you don't like it, although you need a hot hair dryer or heat gun... It looks pretty good, you can barely notice it once applied....
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You wouldn't be able to post a pic of your hood application, would you ???
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I purchased mine in May 2007 and noticed more paint chips in the first month than I had in owning my previous car 7 years. I brought it in to the dealership and at first they were dinissive but finally they relented and agreed to test the paint to see if it was faulty. They found nothing wrong with it but asked me to wait until their DM came to have a loook. I waited and waited and it got worse and worse but nobody called me to bring it back in. Finally I called them and they told me that their DM didn't come but told them to do nothing about it. They said I could protect it with the 3M application. I responded that they asked me to wait and it got worse and now they want me to just go away?? Not happening. We argued for a while and finally the service manager agreed to repaint the hood for me. I haven't had any paint chips since and it has been 10 months. So I definitely think some of them have faulty paint applications on the hood. What color is yours?
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Mine is Copper and was purchased in Feb. 2008. Since I've added the deflector, I've only had one or two very small chips. But, the point is, I've been taking photos and keeping a record since I touch them up after they occur. I've spoken with the service manager and informed him on how I would follow this. A full blown winter will tell a better story of what it will do. At that point it would only be about a year, and it's garage kept so I rarely notice fading or change on my vehicles. If the hood has to be repainted at that point I expect the dealership to go to bat for me with Suzuki, and they agreed that this was a reasonable idea. If the whole idea goes sour I think I can get the dealership to get me the genuine sunlight copper basecoat and I'll have my own bodyguy do the paint job, applying his own layers of clearcoat. He assured me, if he paints it, it will not chip as it does now, unless a decent sized rock really hits the thing. So...til then...I wait and see, touch up my chips and try to enjoy the car without getting to bogged down by this botched up paint job.
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i would love to have my hood stripped and repainted aswell. it needs moe layers of paint and clearcoating on it. it looks like a lava rock with all the chips i have.
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