supporting a bank
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Sussex
Right, let me just shed a little light here. I visited a body shop arranged by my dealer for a report on the chipped paint on my 159. It turned out the guys who own the place are people I know, but had not seen for around 15 years, a very warm reunion!!
Anyway, I respect the views of these very experienced body shop guys, and we got around to talking about the poor red paint on Alfa Romeos. Fact is it is not a unique problem to Alfa Romeo. In fact, and the last poster comments on Audi, my guy was telling me they had a newish red Audi TT in for the same assessment, chipped paint. Audi would not entertain even considering the claim, chips are chips they said, not their problem. We got around to talking about red paint in general and these guys reckon one of the problems, is that red paint tends to be more transparent than most other colours, so more has to be put on to give a good cover. As water based paints, which is more brittle than solvent based paint, are more likely to chip, the more the paint the less chance of the substrate taking the impact, whatever the make. With regard to colour match, they said that Alfa Red is one of the most difficult to match, there are so many shades of the same colour.
We are putting in a claim to have a lot of paint done on my car, however they warned that the same will happen in the future with the new paint.
Someone said to me, "so whats so special about an Alfa Romeo then?" I told him, "If you have to ask, you wont understand".
Driving Brera S 2.2, wife drives 939 Spider 2.2 and there is a 1972 Spider 2000 S2 in the garage for fun days.