well blow me down...I've just had my paint claim approved immediately without me having to lift a finger to call alfa directly myself. All handled by the dealer.
To my question...those of you who've had resprays, does the new paint fare better, or will it just provide a blank canvass for the stones to do their worst again?
Answering the question, it depends upon what they respray with as I've heard that there are 3 different suppliers of the same red paint colour\shade\pantome (sp?). My car has faired very well and I can't see any stone-chips after a re-spray in late May 2010.
Now for the full story (sorry to bore),...I bought the car (RED 159 TI Estate in RED) in Feb 2010 and it was in perfect condition, started stone-chipping like mad in March\April 2010.
In the meantime some ar$e had chucked a dozen eggs over the NS front and rear doors and the paint was so thin the impact of the egg-shells took the paint down to primer.
I complained to CV in Notts about the chipping who at first said "wear and tear", but when they spoke to Paragon(?) who supplied the car to ARUK used spec to them, Paragon apparently rolled over to foot the re-spray bill for a bonnet and front wings re-spray, apparently back to the metal.
I got my insurance to cover the NS Egg-shell Damage to the two doors and I paid for the front bumper to get a better paint match.
Also the rear NS wing, near to the roof rails had some paint thinning which CV Notts also picked up under ARUK warranty.
I ask you, what a horlicks and yes I was about to give the car back!
Anyway, after the re-spray the colour match has been brilliant (apparently Paragon do Ferrari's and other high end re-sprays?) and the stone-chipping absolutely minimal to the point that I've not seen one when washing the car. Let's see what the next three months pot-holes bring!