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Old 07-31-2013, 10:21 PM   #111
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Ive had my focus for 7 months, and it has 18,000 miles on it. Using an analogy I saw earlier, the front valance looks as if it has been blasted with birdshot repeatedly. The hood also has multiple bad spots. Im pretty sure that it is 90% bugs eating up my paint which is crazy since I keep my car washed and always have a good coat of wax. At this rate, there will literally be no paint on my front valance after a year of owning the car. It has to be my biggest gripe so far, even bigger than the DCT with a mind of its own.

That's how I felt at the beginning, but paint issues paled for me compared to the DCT in the long run. On week 3 of car in the shop to fix DCT at the moment.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:54 AM   #112
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I wash and wax regularly. The problem is that it's chipping like crazy! And I rarely ever drive close to the car in front of me. This isn't even counting the other 4-5 big chips I have on my hood and the doors. I just wanted to know if I was the only one with issues like this:




I-94 probably isn't helping, though...

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Old 10-16-2013, 11:22 AM   #113
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Just as a 'heads up', if your build date is super recent you should probably hold off on the initial waxing. The paint, in theory, is baked on; but it might still be hardening and waxing stops the solvents from being able to escape!

I know a lot of detail/paint guys say the clear on these cars is super soft; which is really odd for factory paint!

Also, I know the Ford reps are gonna tell you to buy Ford touch up paint (Imagine that!), but y'all should check out a product called "Dr ColorChip". They mix the paint to match when you order it, but it's designed to 'blend' with the factory paint. It's not perfect, but it's way better than those little touch up pens. If you apply it 'by the book' it remains smooth and blended, and you have to look close to tell it's touched up.

http://www.drcolorchip.com/

You can also look up some videos on YouTube to take a look at Dr Color Chip.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #114
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It seems like every car plant has had paint issues. I see 07-08 Civics, Eclipses, and a few other cars that are all ready all faded, all sorts of colors. My 09 has no issues but I noticed some issues on my Fathers 2011 Escape, yet his 2012 Fusion has no issues.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:30 PM   #115
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Just as a 'heads up', if your build date is super recent you should probably hold off on the initial waxing. The paint, in theory, is baked on; but it might still be hardening and waxing stops the solvents from being able to escape!

I know a lot of detail/paint guys say the clear on these cars is super soft; which is really odd for factory paint!

Also, I know the Ford reps are gonna tell you to buy Ford touch up paint (Imagine that!), but y'all should check out a product called "Dr ColorChip". They mix the paint to match when you order it, but it's designed to 'blend' with the factory paint. It's not perfect, but it's way better than those little touch up pens. If you apply it 'by the book' it remains smooth and blended, and you have to look close to tell it's touched up.

http://www.drcolorchip.com/

You can also look up some videos on YouTube to take a look at Dr Color Chip.
Thanks - I just put in an order. I was just thinking about this the other day - that there has to be a way to water down my touch-up paint and stain the spots at least. This seems like a much better approach!
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:24 PM   #116
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i'm in the same boat...kona blue TI hatch and my paint is chipped like crazy...it began almost immediately after i took the car home. dozens of small chips all over the hood, bumper and fenders in the front, as well as many large chips

i've applied Dr. Colorchip to many of the worst with fairly decent results...not sure what else can be done other than shelling out for a full re-paint

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I wash and wax regularly. The problem is that it's chipping like crazy! And I rarely ever drive close to the car in front of me. This isn't even counting the other 4-5 big chips I have on my hood and the doors. I just wanted to know if I was the only one with issues like this:




I-94 probably isn't helping, though...

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Old 10-16-2013, 05:23 PM   #117
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i dont have a problem with chipping but on the rear bumper there are two spider looking cracks. under clear coat, 4 black squiggly lines almost X shape

maybe i should show it to the dealer next time im in?
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:19 AM   #118
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Touch up the paint, and apply as many coatings as it takes to fill in the chips. Wash, polish, and try a coating of Gtechniq C1 & EXOv2. The C1 will give you a hard protective coating (help prevent against chipping), and the EXO a hydrophobic super repellent coating. Yes, I am a Gtechniq accredited delear/detailer (Canada)....but the product is great!
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:08 AM   #119
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Touch up the paint, and apply as many coatings as it takes to fill in the chips. Wash, polish, and try a coating of Gtechniq C1 & EXOv2. The C1 will give you a hard protective coating (help prevent against chipping), and the EXO a hydrophobic super repellent coating. Yes, I am a Gtechniq accredited delear/detailer (Canada)....but the product is great!
What would you recommend for touch-up paint? Something like the Dr. ColorChip, or just OEM touch-up pen, etc?
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I would use a paint touch up stick from Ford along with the Dr. ColorChip or Langka paint repair systems.
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