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Old 02-28-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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More Chips than Harry Ramsden's

Had a quick clean of the car tonight and was a bit concerned at the number of chips on the front end (+ 1 on the passenger side ribs just in front of the rear wheel - thank you to the ignoramus who has opened a car door on me). Maybe the yellow colour shows them up more than the mostly black cars I've had in recent years but certainly wouldn't expect so many after just 5 months and 4,000 miles. Anyone else experienced this.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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Touch wood I have not found any stone chips yet but I cringe every time I drive hearing all the stones and gravel on the road at the moment. I got the splash guards when I got my Camaro so that maybe helps a bit. I think the Gtechniq C1 & Exo coatings I had applied probably helps to.

On my previous car, a black 300C, it chipped like crazy, as did the front end on my old SLK. The best way to fix them, if you have the time and nerve, is to touch them in, wet sand, then polish them out.

My car did get egged when I had it for about 4 weeks and that has damaged the paint. I think I'll probably get a detailer to fix this for me though.
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I've seen on the US forum, that a lot of people have had stone chip issues with this car, and, yes particularly the yellow. I have a tiny chip on my front fascia, but I usually try to stay well back from other drivers anyway, for safety's sake. The incidence of chips on the side gills, can be reduced, by the fitment of GM splashguards....or as we would say...mudflaps. I had a "Williams F1" ceramic coating applied to my car before collection. This allegedly negates polishing for 5 years. I have to say, after 2 years, I have never polished my car, and it still looks good with only a swill over with clear water and a chamois.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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The incidence of chips on the side gills, can be reduced, by the fitment of GM splashguards....or as we would say...mudflaps..
Unfortunately mine is definitely from some b*ggers door !

Underneath the yellow is a black basecoat which makes them stand out even more. Photos are from the front spoiler and top of the letterbox.

I'll do a bit of research on the Williams F1 coating although I've got Superguard on a car (from new) and to be honest not sure that it has done anything to protect or preserve.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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Yikes! Those are pretty evil chips. I don't think even the ceramic coating would've stopped whatever did those, nor indeed prevent the stupidity of other people opening their doors onto you. I bought the ceramic coating as an add on, when I got the car new from David Boatwrights in Essex, and although it stops swirling, and light scuffs, it's not going to act like a bullet proof layer. Do W.H. Brands do touch up pots , I wonder?
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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Sadly there are quite a few more smaller ones also. It's worth having a chat with Adam at Brands or maybe Luke (Lukiep) will know if he reads this !
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:14 AM   #7
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FM !

RickGM, I'm thinking bad paint job or vandalism ... unless you are thrapping it round your country roads passing agricultural trucks ?

:-( #hug

I just tootle along city roads and quite motorways.
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Mmmmm. Too random for malicious (and just doesn't look like that). Now those agri vehicles ..... ;-)

Paint everywhere else is fine, it's just on the front and to be honest isn't that noticeable until you scrutinize (which as owners/lovers we obviously do)
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:31 AM   #9
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Sadly there are quite a few more smaller ones also. It's worth having a chat with Adam at Brands or maybe Luke (Lukiep) will know if he reads this !
We can get the touch up pens for them, but i don't know how much they are or how long they take to get.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:50 PM   #10
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Searched my whole body! :-O
I don't have any chips like that RickGM.
I only have a few scuffs under the very front end where I grounded it on a high kerb once :-(
P.S. I changed subject after the first line BTW.

I do have a poor colour retouch job about 25mm round on offside rear window arch :-(

Did notice today a new bullet-like hit on my front number plate :-(
And I've never been to Bradford in it :-O !

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It's weird that the undercoat showing through the stone chip on my 2011 Rally Yellow seems to be white, and Rick's is black.
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We can get the touch up pens for them, but i don't know how much they are or how long they take to get.

I shall have a word with Adam tomorrow to see how much and how long to get. In my experience touch ups always look just like that but still should be better than not using it.
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It's weird that the undercoat showing through the stone chip on my 2011 Rally Yellow seems to be white, and Rick's is black.
The scuff from a door on the ribs (gills) looks white underneath but isn't as deep as the front ones.
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Did notice today a new bullet-like hit on my front number plate
Have you upset anyone recently?

Can't wait for the spray and chipping works start in the early summer !
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