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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Paint Warranty ? Paint flaking off on a 2004 147 :(
I try not to leave Bird muck on the paint for long as I know it's reported to be fairly strong stuff.
However, I would expect the effects to be limited to dulling the gloss on the clearcoat which would require (at most) a bit of a polish. It must have been seriously aggressive stuff to eat through the topcoat entirely (god knows what the bird had been eating) but I still wouldn't expect it to cause the paint to delaminate or flake!
Modern OEM paint systems have to withstand seriously over-the-top test conditions (resistance to petrol, diesel, wash fluid, antifreeze, brake fluids, accelerated climatic conditions, boiling, freezing, impact, extreme humidity etc etc).
As an example, we paint bumpers at work and one of the validation tests involves completely immersing the part in hot water for 10 days and the paint still has to stay stuck to the part with no delamination, loss of adhesion or noticeable change in gloss levels or appearance!
Unless you were marinading the bonnet in Guano for a week I should say you have a strong argument! Might even be best to avoid suggesting a root cause for the problem at first. Let them determine what the fault is. Inspite of all the testing these parts go through, no manufacturing process is squeaky clean and there is always a possibility that the paint batch was dodgy or badly applied or something like that!
Lets just say that it's not unknown for someone to complain about the entire painted surface peeling off their bumper. Manufacturing processes genreally involve people and people make mistakes.
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