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Old 09-08-2011, 11:59 AM   #11
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Hi, stone chips are stone chips, how can this be down to paint quality?
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:26 PM   #12
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They've been using water based paing since sometime in 2008 or so ... the water based paints chip easier than petroleum based paints. I've seen the same issue on many newer cars, not just Fords.
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:44 PM   #13
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I'm having the same problems. I've been making my daily commute for 3 years and never had problems with paint chips. I've only had the focus a couple months and I've have about 3 or 4 chips. I hand wash my car myself in the summer so I always take notice about things like this. Bad paint/application process.
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:58 PM   #14
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They've been using water based paing since sometime in 2008 or so ... the water based paints chip easier than petroleum based paints. I've seen the same issue on many newer cars, not just Fords.
Hi, I've had stone chips since the early 90's, I see this Focus no different to any other car I've owned. I'm afraid we just all have to live with it.
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Yup! I have some! Im having them repaint the fuel filler door. I've have alist of 11 things already wrong with our car and weve only had it a week! Some are very minor but the whistling noise is insane! Now I have a sqeaking / chirping noise coming for the car! We should have stayed with Japaneese cars. So much for giving domestics a chance again!
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:00 PM   #16
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Hi, I've had stone chips since the early 90's, I see this Focus no different to any other car I've owned. I'm afraid we just all have to live with it.
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If it was chips from stones, like I said in my original post, I could understand and live with it. However, when chips are popping up in places that in theory, should be immune from stone damage (i.e., the rear part of the roof), that's why the questions. I'm sticking with the water based paint theory.

Ah the days of yore, when hitting a stone wasn't an immediate "chip".
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:33 PM   #17
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Yes, I echo everyone else here. I have Kona Blue and have 5-6 chips on the hood and bumper, and I stay far away from everyone as I can. 6000 miles.

Before this car, I had a 2010 Fusion with what sounds like excellent paint quality compared, only 2-3 chips after 34,000 miles of driving the same highways.

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:53 PM   #18
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I have 4 or 5 chips on the front bumper. It is chipping a bit faster than my old Focus (driven down the same highway), but is similar to my Mazda3 (very fragile paint on that car). I guess that it's a fact of life, as Chris said.

Could it be down to a different, more environmentally friendly paint?

By the way, after delivery I discovered a (minor) 1cm scratch under (?!) the clearcoat on the right rear door. This is barely noticeable so I'm not going to have it repaired (not worth it).
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If it was chips from stones, like I said in my original post, I could understand and live with it. However, when chips are popping up in places that in theory, should be immune from stone damage (i.e., the rear part of the roof), that's why the questions. I'm sticking with the water based paint theory.

Ah the days of yore, when hitting a stone wasn't an immediate "chip".
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. I'm afraid your days of 'yore' are well past it's sell by date it would seem. A couple of year ago I drove past a grasscutter that was yards away, on the other side of the road, which threw something up and it hit one of my rear doors, this was on my Mk4 Mondeo. It left a couple of chips marks on the door that were clearly visible.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:55 PM   #20
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i took mine to my local dealer and they say ford will cover my chips, i have one on my drivers door, no way possible to explain how it got there, not even at a spot where another door getting smashed into it could have caused it.... we need to keep going and complaining then ford will notice and keep fixing our problems.... they already talked about repainting my hood, bumper and drivers side....
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