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What's so bad about the finish on 156's?

From Alanmo's 159 thread:

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Alanmo congrats on your new car.

I've got that orange peel effect on my (black) car too, I also got some chips here and there after about 5000 km's. I still hope the paintwork has better quality than my previous Alfas though - especially the 156's.

I've got no complaints about the paintwork on my 100000 mile 156; it seems very good to me. And certainly no hint of orange-peeling. I'm quite satisfied with the interior, too.

Build quality may well have improved a tad on the 159 (after all, they're dearer ), but after all, you have to be careful when comparing a brand-new out-of-the-showroom car with a second-hand one with quite a few miles under its belt.

Are 156 owners here generally dis-satified in this respect?
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Paint on mine is fine...but I have seen some orange peel on Alfas.

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Re: What's so bad about the finish on 156's?

Sounds to me like its had a dodgy respray.
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Paint is soft & chips easily.
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FYI, a main reason for paint chips on the side might be because we all tend to stick wide wheels on our 156's Having the wheels flush with the side of the car looks great, but also "sandblasts" it, I recently looked at some 156's of similar age to my own, but which have never had anyhing but the stock 15" 205 tyres fitted. The paint on them was sooo much nicer, and almost no paint chipping on the panels either!
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Re: What's so bad about the finish on 156's?

Wider wheels definately dont help. you should see the state of the lower parts of my car close up. I am seriously considering a respray this summer as the body kit has taken a real hammering from road grit and the bonnet has a fair few bruises too. Although maybe I do spend too much time polishing it and picking fault with it.
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In my opinion the painting is generally OK, but the car has "thin skin" and the aero-dynamics of the car (156 & 166) almost attracts stone chips. The best advice is to keep proper distance to the car in front when driving (also because the front window is prone to cracking on 156´s. Alfa has not been able to solve that properly but has reduced the cost of a window replacement by a fair amount here in DK), and to choose tyres which are not too wide compared to the wheel arches. Otherwise the tyres will almost sandblast the sides as noted in a previous thread. Build quality is generally much improved in units produced after 2001, but that does not apply to the paintjob and the aerodynamics.
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