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01-09-2005, 11:25 PM
This sucks. Each time I wash my car I notice new rock chips, scuffs and scratches. The nose is the worst, but just in general it seems like my Imola paint is terribly soft. I've owned cars for years that had less scratches and chips than my M has after just 5 months. To be fair, I live in Las Vegas where there's construction everywhere and trucks are always on the road. But it still seems like the paint quality is poor. I'm thinking about calling a body shop and having new clearcoat applied to my car. Does anyone have experience with this? General waxing every couple of months isn't cutting it.....



01-09-2005, 11:33 PM
more prone to rock chips. Paint is actually very hard, thus it breaks off instead of bending. Bring it to the dealer and try to warranty it. It worked for someone I know here, also Imola.

01-09-2005, 11:43 PM
To add insult to injury - if your car were balck (like mine) it would show even more due to the gray primer.

This water-based paint sucks - my 97 Jetta has lees rocks chips on it...

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Go Buckeyes!

01-10-2005, 12:01 AM
more than soft paints.

anyway, i actually haven't found this car to be particularly bad with paint chips, but all of the cars i've owned have been german and made in the past 10 years, so maybe i missed out on the golden era of ultra-strong paints :-(

have you considered a clear bra?
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01-10-2005, 01:13 AM

01-10-2005, 09:05 AM
They both have roughly 28K miles and with similar driving, the Imola red has a lot more chips. Granted they are of different size and shape, but I'm pretty sure there's something different in the paint.<img src="">
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