Paint finish on new models
Here's an interesting fact. A lot of people have complained that the new gen cars, particularly the early ones, suffer from heavy stone chipping to the front sections.
Well my car is an 07model, so not one of the first. And guess what? My chips away guy says that the entire front (bumper, bonnet and both wings) has a slightly different surface finish to the rest of the car (which has orange peel), suggesting that the car has had extra spraying to the front. I've had it from brand new and there is no sign whatsoever of any damage.
So I suspect that after complaints about paint finish on the 06 models, Alfa started extra spraying on the front of subsequent cars.
I have very little chipping to the front of the car, but I had Ventureshield paint protection applied after 5000 miles. During those 5000 miles it only picked up about 3 small stone chips.
The rear arches and doors do seem to pick up chips easier.
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