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Old 07-09-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Clear coat chipping / peeling

Has anyone had the clearcoat of factory rims chip or peel. I have 17" rims on my 09SES with this problem. Started after 1 year of driving. I also live down a dirt road. The dealership said it was due to stone chips, therefore not warrantied.


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Old 07-09-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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I am currently having this problem too. I noticed the chips after the first longer road trip I took after purchasing the car back in May. I'm well out of warranty, so the dealer obviously wouldn't be any help. Ideally, I just need to touch up the missing paint spots. Not sure if they make a touch up paint for the wheels?
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:04 PM   #3
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Here is a pic.


Its just the clear coat that is peeling, not the paint.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:46 AM   #4
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Here is a pic.


Its just the clear coat that is peeling, not the paint.
I thought mine were bad....maybe we could put a bunch of pics together of the wheels that are flaking and send them to ford? who knows, maybe they'll actually do something
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:19 PM   #5
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I thought mine were bad....maybe we could put a bunch of pics together of the wheels that are flaking and send them to ford? who knows, maybe they'll actually do something
Ford told me to go pound sand... denied it was a problem and hoped they would have another opportunity down the road to leave a positive impression. Too bad this car was their second opportunity (had a 96 Taurus that was a disaster and made us swear off American cars).
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:38 PM   #6
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I only have 22,300 miles on mine and the rims are now really starting to aggressively peel, its just in between the spokes on the forward facing side on the top half of the rim. Ill let it peel all it wants and then carefully re-prep it for another clear coat and see if that helps or not?. If im really in the right mood ill take it in to a stealership and raise holy hell!
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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A chip is a chip. Not a peel. That is due to poor surface preperation and cure time. This is a ford problem not a gravel road issue. Take it back to them and contact fords customer care.

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I live on a gravel road too and like to pretend im a rally cross driver. Always sliding around the curves and into my drive, yet my wheels look flawless (cept where the punk ass dealer grease monkey burnt the paint off with his impact gun around the lug wells)
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #9
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Interesting. I don't mind drifting in the winter but not on dry dirt. I spoke with a dealership and that's the answer they gave me. Should have tried a bit harder. Warranty is expired now.
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I am an assistant body shop manager at a Ford dealership and I have yet to come across an SES with 17" Hyper Chrome rims that does not have the clear peeling. My 2010 has never seen a dirt road and all but one of my rims is peeling. They need to issue a recall on this wheel. My Focus was bought brand new and only has 17k. It is disappointing to say the least.

As of right now the only option I can see to do is purchase a complete set of aftermarket rims or go the recond route. We have had great luck with the Keystone recond wheels. As I said I am an assistant body shop manager at a Ford delaership and I cannot get anything done about mine and our rep even knows how much a fanatic I am about keeping my car clean. It is a problem that needs addressed as I have heard countless customers saying they are now done with Ford because of this problem.

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