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Old 06-23-2009, 08:57 AM   #1
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Roof Ditch Cracks on RS Package?

Anyone else seeing hairline cracks along the painted roof ditch on their RS Package? Along the inner edge where the painted roof ditch molding meets the metal of the roof, I'm getting hairline cracks.

My car is IBM so the primer under the paint shows pretty easily. Both sides are showing cracks, in a few locations, all are along the inside of the roof ditch molding. The drivers side has a hairline crack that is about 24-inches long. I know picky picky…

I have not taken it to the dealer but expect since its paint related it would be covered by the warrantee. Touch up paint applied very carefully should do the trick. Of course the dealership all thumbs body guys will likely make it look like my 90-year old Grandpa applied the touch-up. I’ll put it on, Chevy can buy the touch up paint though!

I'm concerned it will continue but I'm not letting anyone paint the roof to fix the cracks, the paint miss-match issue is much larger than the cracks.

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Old 06-23-2009, 09:16 AM   #2
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Glad I got the 1SS without the RS package now.. You should also check the paint in the area between the bumpers since others have had paint issues there as well..
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:23 AM   #3
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:27 AM   #4
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:58 AM   #5
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Thanks Supermans, I saw the thread yesterday, but no issues yet with the body panel seams, no paint issues other than the ditch. Black Roof Ditch would have been just fine on IBM, but to give up all the other RS Package goodies was not an option! Especially those HID headlights with the Angle Eyes that make all those BMW owners drool.

Pictures to come shortly, after I visit my dealership today.

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Old 06-23-2009, 11:20 AM   #6
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Anyone else seeing hairline cracks along the painted roof ditch on their RS Package? Along the inner edge where the painted roof ditch molding meets the metal of the roof, I'm getting hairline cracks.

My car is IBM so the primer under the paint shows pretty easily. Both sides are showing cracks, in a few locations, all are along the inside of the roof ditch molding. The drivers side has a hairline crack that is about 24-inches long. I know picky picky…

I have not taken it to the dealer but expect since its paint related it would be covered by the warrantee. Touch up paint applied very carefully should do the trick. Of course the dealership all thumbs body guys will likely make it look like my 90-year old Grandpa applied the touch-up. I’ll put it on, Chevy can buy the touch up paint though!

I'm concerned it will continue but I'm not letting anyone paint the roof to fix the cracks, the paint miss-match issue is much larger than the cracks.

Cheers!
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From the sounds of it, your problem affects ALL cars and not just RS cars. The paint cracks you speak of is on the roof and not the strips right?
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:33 AM   #7
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:13 PM   #8
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I sure hope paint is covered in the warrenty does anyone know ?
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:11 AM   #9
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Here is pics of drivers and passenger sides of the roof ditch.

Dealer wants to hold out for a while on any repairs to see what happens as I get more miles since I only have 1k miles. One thought is that it's the clear coat is pulling away. Another is that the glue seeped out when the molding was put in place. I think base coat was thick, flexible plastic molding then cracked and pulled away from the metal roof. Should not be a problem with warranty coverage but there is no way I'm letting them mess with any paint work. Maybe a lifetime supply of IBM touch up paint would be good enough.

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Old 06-25-2009, 01:16 AM   #10
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Hmmm how big is this issue? I might cancel my RS package
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:33 AM   #11
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When you had your carbon stripes installled, you didn't have any solution used in installing those stripes bead and sit in the moldings, perhaps? Just wondering..
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:41 AM   #12
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Thumbs up Keep the RS Package

I'll use toothpicks to apply touch up before I would consider giving up the RS package. Way too much value, DRL, RS Tail-lights, red SS badges, and especially those HID lights with the "Angel Eyes" they way rock! When I drive with the pose lights on the Angle Eyes scream "Look at ME" to everyone, drool BMW drivers, mine are WAY bigger than yours!

DO NOT cancel your RS Package just because of some roof ditch paint cracks. The body panel seam cracks are much worse and those are across the board.

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Old 06-25-2009, 01:44 AM   #13
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When you had your carbon stripes installled, you didn't have any solution used in installing those stripes bead and sit in the moldings, perhaps? Just wondering..
Very good point. Dealer asked the same thing. I have not asked Mike Lavallee the airbrush artist (www.killerpaint.com) yet if his clear coat hit the roof ditch. I will talk to him next. It's not rubbing compound, I've tried scrubbing it with a toothbrush and they will not go away.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:02 AM   #14
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Looks like some kind of polishing compound though it's hard to tell in the photo's. I know you said it isn't but it sure looks like some type of polishing agent.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:09 PM   #15
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Looks like wax residue to me. Not sure how that can be cracks in the paint since the roof ditch moulding and the roof/body are 2 separate pieces. In other words, they do not pain the ditch mouldings on the car.
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:05 PM   #16
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Not sure what it is, but it isn't a crack in the metal. This looks like something got in the molding and maybe stuck. You have a roof decal. Did they do anything with that on it's install? Did they get some of the adhesive on the car when they wet it out?

But the light areas are not on the body, they are on the molding.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:35 PM   #17
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Here is pics of drivers and passenger sides of the roof ditch.

Dealer wants to hold out for a while on any repairs to see what happens as I get more miles since I only have 1k miles. One thought is that it's the clear coat is pulling away. Another is that the glue seeped out when the molding was put in place. I think base coat was thick, flexible plastic molding then cracked and pulled away from the metal roof. Should not be a problem with warranty coverage but there is no way I'm letting them mess with any paint work. Maybe a lifetime supply of IBM touch up paint would be good enough.

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If you had custom stipes it may have to do with where the painter taped off and it could be resin from clearcoat. I had a similar thing happen to me after my wife got my 02 harley truck stuck on the order sign at sonic and I had the door repainted. I had spots like that on the inside of the door. You might go back to person who painted the stripes. He might have also pulled the paint off with the tape. Warranty won't cover if someone else painted it. But the stirpes look pretty good.
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hmm... would like to see some other pictures of the car.. carbon stripes sounds interesting.
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