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Old 06-24-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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My car is barely 2 years old and the paint is cracking

I went outside this morning to get something out of my car and I noticed two small sider web patterns on the roof of my car. I ran my finger on them because I had never seen anything like it before, and the paint came right off. It went straight down to the sheet metal. Is there anything I could do about this? Should I take it to my local dealer? I got my car in May of 2010 so it is barely two years old. :(
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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Couldn't hurt to take it to the delear see if they can do anything out of warranty. Paint is one of those effy subjects for warranty work. Sometimes they approve it sometimes they don't.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Those are odd shapes, almost like something was spilled on those spots, also I see some long scratches to the left. Not saying this is the case here, but I’ve seen similar spots when brake fluid was poured on a hood as vandalism.

My guess is they will say this was caused by something outside the paints normal wear. But as stated, couldnt hurt to take it to the dealer and see.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:24 PM   #4
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Yeah, I would agree with the poster above, even then I'd still expect better paint quality. I'd take it to see if the warranty will cover IMO it should, but doesn't mean it will.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:32 PM   #5
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If you have bumper to bumper warranty it will the paint is covered through the warranty, I spoke to the dealership about paint wear and they have me that answer and if anything is wrong with the point to just bring it in and they will fix.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:44 PM   #6
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Thanks for the posts. Hopefully it will be covered. A lot of dealerships give different answers to the same questions which is really frustrating so I'll just have to wait until the one by my house is open tomorrow. I was researching it and I read that if the cracks go down to the sheet metal, it may be an imperfection in the sheet metal rather than the paint. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:54 PM   #7
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That looks like something that has etched into the paint, not the actual paint quality.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:58 PM   #8
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the paint next to the blemish is discolored. is that missing clear coat? if the clear coat is there, and the paint is actually discolored, id suspect that an acidic solution was on your paint and ruined it. ive seen brake fluid do this to paint before also. it looks as if the paint is lifting off the panel like it was brake fluid.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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That looks like something that has etched into the paint, not the actual paint quality.
I don't think so. I also haven't heard many good things about the paint GM uses on these vehicles to say the least. From what I've read, it's mediocre at best.

It looks like it's dried out. Apparently this happens after long periods of time in hot or freezing temperatures. I was taking a closer look and I found a light "spider web" pattern just above the window on my passenger side door. That's three in total. It is not as bad as the two that I have a picture of, but it looks like it is headed in that direction. I wish the dealer was open today...
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #10
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looks like environmental, not paint defect. May want to contact insurance company, I seriously doubt warranty will cover, not a manufacturer looking defect.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:09 PM   #11
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the paint next to the blemish is discolored. is that missing clear coat? if the clear coat is there, and the paint is actually discolored, id suspect that an acidic solution was on your paint and ruined it. ive seen brake fluid do this to paint before also. it looks as if the paint is lifting off the panel like it was brake fluid.
That's not discoloration, that is light cracking around the big blemish. It is hard to tell in the picture because it is not very high quality, but it is definitely cracking. If it is braking fluid that means it was vandalized, which is a perfectly believable explanation in today's world, unfortunately.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:23 PM   #12
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It certainly looks like something corosive did that like others have suggested. Maybe even bird poop. However with the crappy paint on these cars, Aquafina would damage it. You can try talking to the dealer, but chances are you wont get far.

There are hundres, if not thousands of us dealing with actual premature paint wear (chipping, flaking etc.) and very few of us have gotten any reasults dealing with a dealer or even Chevy/GM corporate. Just search this forum and youll find endless threads about that...

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I hope you can get something worked out to get it fixed! Like someone else said, maybe contact your insurance company.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:29 PM   #13
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That's not discoloration, that is light cracking around the big blemish. It is hard to tell in the picture because it is not very high quality, but it is definitely cracking. If it is braking fluid that means it was vandalized, which is a perfectly believable explanation in today's world, unfortunately.

see attached. at teh end of the arrow, it looks like bubbling.
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Yeah, I would agree with the poster above, even then I'd still expect better paint quality. I'd take it to see if the warranty will cover IMO it should, but doesn't mean it will.
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see attached. at teh end of the arrow, it looks like bubbling.
What exactly could cause paint bubbling? Sorry, I don't really know much about this. If there was one way that I could describe what it looks and feels like it would be what it says in the "What is dry Paint?" section of this link (http://www.drbeasleys.com/blog/2011/...dry-car-paint/). Again, it called my attention because I had never come across anything like it.
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What exactly could cause paint bubbling? Sorry, I don't really know much about this. If there was one way that I could describe what it looks and feels like it would be what it says in the "What is dry Paint?" section of this link (http://www.drbeasleys.com/blog/2011/...dry-car-paint/). Again, it called my attention because I had never come across anything like it.
Bird Droppings, chemicals leaking from other vehicles that got on yours, sap, vandleism, , ect.
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That is not a factory defect. The dealer may cover it to keep you happy.
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The "spider webbing" they are talking about shouldn’t be lifting up like yours is, it would be a larger pattern and if it was coming off, would be like chips, not grit or dust particles as yours appears to be.

The bubbling that is on this car is why we are saying that it appears to be a corrosive cause effect.

Now all this is from us looking at a picture, not in real life, there is some limitations to diagnosis through Kodak as they say. It possibly could be the bad paint, its just an observasion that I personally think the dealer/GM is going to make that its not them.

They have turned on thier corporate cost effective switch, and one of the quickest short term (stress to the short term) money cost cutting options is to not do any repairs they can get out of. After all, why should they worry about a customer who has already purchased a long term product from them? All you need worry about is this quarter. So what if they are mad 2,3 or even 10 years from now?
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:04 PM   #21
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Thanks for all of the info. I'm still going to the dealer tomorrow to see if they will fix it, but from the looks of things that probably will not be the case. As a student, tuition hikes are killing me and I could really do without car repair bills as well.

I'm worried that if the dealer doesn't fix it, the paint will suffer further damage while I save up money to have it fixed. Even though it bothers the hell out of me, I could live with it looking like that...at least for now lol. Do you think the paint around it slowly start deteriorating as well?
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:08 PM   #22
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My GF's Honda Accord did the same thing on the hood of her car but smaller, bird crap caused it but looks identical to your problem.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:15 PM   #23
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Left to bake on love bug juice will do that. I know a guy here locally who bought a rental Camaro that was never washed well. The paint is GONE in perfect outlines of the lovebug splatter on the roof, mirrors, hood and front fascia. He needs a total repaint.

When you wash you may get the bug off but, if you look close as you know you can see a clear fluid stain on the paint. If you don't get that off it will eat right through to the metal or plastic.
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Thanks for all of the info. I'm still going to the dealer tomorrow to see if they will fix it, but from the looks of things that probably will not be the case. As a student, tuition hikes are killing me and I could really do without car repair bills as well.

I'm worried that if the dealer doesn't fix it, the paint will suffer further damage while I save up money to have it fixed. Even though it bothers the hell out of me, I could live with it looking like that...at least for now lol. Do you think the paint around it slowly start deteriorating as well?

Maybe so; without really knowing what happened, hard to tell

Do you have an acquaintance that does paint work? Saw a car at a show once that had band-aids airbrushed on a couple spots that he had rock chipping problems. Kinda funny, and it protected the metal
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:16 PM   #25
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Sorry dude, there's no way that will be covered under warranty. As I said before, something acidic etched into the paint(love bugs, bird droppings, etc..).

I'm a car detailer, so my car is always protected from the elements. A wax, sealant, or coating definitely helps from scenarios like this!
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