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Old 09-09-2011, 01:00 PM   #21
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I had three on mine in 2 days! Seems like a high amount of stone chips on peoples cars.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:46 PM   #22
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For those getting the sunroof. I've noticed paint peeling around the edges of the sunroof when they are open. It's only visible when it's open and it's on the inside part of the body where the sheetmetal bends in. There were a number of them like that in the early ones I've seen(April). So, keep an eye out.
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Hi, what makes you think that the rear part of the roof should be immune from stone chips, it has the same paint on it as the rest of the car. Maybe there is something else going on with your paint, then it wouldn't be stone chips.
Exactly why I started the thread....

As to what makes me think it should be immune? What part of the car is the farthest away from the roadway, highest up, and also parallel to the road?

THAT's why the question. I've got chips where there shouldn't be chips, popping up for no reason.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:51 PM   #24
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I've got a chip on the passenger door. Another couple on the hood. And the lower spoiler is all scratched from some dumb ass tow monkey. Looks like a used car now.
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Been pretty lucky so far I suppose (no chips yet knock on wood). I installed a deflector day 1 as well to help.
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I would have to agree with Chris. I don't think it is the quality. If you drive down a road that has pebbles and stuff you will get chips in your paint. The lower the surface and exposed paint surfaces you have the more chips. The first new car I owned was a pre clear coat enamel. The only place that didn't get chipped was the chrome bumper! All the other new cars and a couple of motorcycles had chips in the paint after they had been driven several thousand miles.

So far my Focus doesn't have any chips after 2000 miles. I, like most of you will be discouraged when they come. Not a thing to look forward to.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:53 PM   #27
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i think its poor paint myself and poor car hauling.... they have gone to water based and thinner layers of paint... all it takes is a bit of dirt on the primer right before the color and clear, washing your car can make that piece of dirt flake off... even a clump of paint from the gun would do the same, thats why you screen your paint before you shoot it.... some cars may have been made on a bad line.... like mine...
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I have a small area of chips on the center of the hood near the windshield. I vaguely remember hearing a stone hit while driving, but it wasn't very loud and I'm not sure such a weak sound could cause those chips.
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Chip-wise my '12 is fine, I purposely kept it off of the highway until I had the nose wrapped in 3M, and even since it's been on the highway just once.

My Grand Prix has been winter-driven since new and its rock chips are very limited, but I went a step further to protect the fresh paint on the Focus with winter just around the corner.

My only complaint with the '12 Focus' paint is that the bumpers are slightly off-shade, and is especially noticeable with Yellow Blaze. Other than that I have no issues to report.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:32 PM   #30
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My only complaint with the '12 Focus' paint is that the bumpers are slightly off-shade, and is especially noticeable with Yellow Blaze. Other than that I have no issues to report.
I have Yellow Blaze paint also:
I have noted the front bumper is painted at a different angle than the body. So due to the way the paint changes depending on the angle light hits it, the bumper tends to not match the body.
(not because it is a different color, but because the color changes due to various ways light is reflected off the paint) In certain kinds of light it matches.

I am at 2,400 miles or so, and at week eleven of ownership. My Focus has no paint chips so far, except a tiny nick in the door handle (probably caused by myself with a careless key.) I keep a very large distance from the car in front of me. Probably double what anyone else (who does not tailgate) keeps.
So I wonder if that has helped keep me from getting chipped paint

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