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Old 12-23-2011, 04:24 PM   #51
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Sounds like you have some inside information on this. Do you know when the paint dept was updated? My car was finished 8/8....I believe about a week after the summer shutdown. What is the E-coat?

After reading other posts, it looks like others have more serious paint issues than me. My complaint is that the "orange peel" effect seems more pronounced than one would expect. Paint application seems even but under certain lighting the orange peel effect is very strong. Was planning to make a formal complaint when I take the car in for the first scheduled service.

Thanks for any additional info you might be able to share.
A car actually has 5 layers of protection now Phosphate dip, E-coat (the entire body is dipped in paint with voltage applied) both Phosphate and E-coat are a dipped process then it is spray painted prime then base coated and then finally clearcoated.

The plant was updated for the Focus so every car was painted by the new equipment
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #52
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I just noticed two chips on my Sterling Grey 5 door, with only 700 miles.

My previous car, a 2003 Infiniti G35 had less chips over a period of years.

Same for a Honda Civic before that.

Yes, there are stones hitting all the cars, but this paint DOES seem more susceptible to damage.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #53
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Just bought my Tuxedo Black SEL on 3/3. It already had some scratches on it while it was on the lot. As impatient as I am, I didn't want to wait for another one as equipped to come in, so I made them paint it as part of the sale. Suppose to get it back today after a week! I only pray it won't continue to be an ongoing battle.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:41 PM   #54
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I have some weird paint chips on the edge of my hood - not in the front where you'd expect a rock to hit it, but on the edge by the windshield wipers. I don't ever recall scraping it during the winter, but I just noticed it when I waxed my car for the first time. Oh well, c'est la vie...
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I've owned a 2012 tuxedo black Focus SE hatch for almost 1 year (~10,000 miles). My car has an exceedingly large number of scratches and chips around the hood and the lift gate of my hatch. The sides of my car are fine. The car I owned before this did not get this many scratches in over 7 years and 110,000 miles. My wife owns a 2005 Honda Civic, we travel the same turf, and she does not have this many scratches and chips. I tried to take my concerns to Ford, and they won't acknowledge a problem or offer warranty assistance. Did you take your concerns to Ford? Did they do anything?
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:31 PM   #56
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I had 3 small chips on my hood with 245 miles on the odometer just from the trip home from buying her in Houston. Found a big paint chip by the taillight just like everyone else is finding. Paint quality seems to be lacking on this car... O well, just take the bad with the good. Over all I like the car alot, so I will just roll with the punchs and get the hood repainted in a few years. Shit may even have the hood/roof/roof spoiler done black in a few years to off set the race red.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:56 PM   #57
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I've been noticing that mine seems to be chipping and the paint seems more prone to scratches than my previous cars (I have a Tuxedo Black Ti) and have seen a few more chips/scuffs than expected, and on my passenger door sill there a bit of a bump from where it looks like something was painted over.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:02 PM   #58
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For those overly concerned with paint chips....



Buy one. You'll be happier. For those of us living in the real world, I'm more concerned with shopping cart dings.
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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.
I've talked to several detailers ... there's no avoiding stone chips and the like if you drive regularly on the highway.


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Old 06-21-2012, 08:08 PM   #60
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I think that it just has to do with the angle of the hood. I am think on installing the hood deflector, even though it does not look great.
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