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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Sussex
The topic has been discussed much and the consensus is the paint is too thin, too cheap and poorly applied.
Pick a colour, the one that fairs the best is Stromboli Grey apparently!
The problem is not unique to Alfa Romeo. I had just about a complete respray done on my 159, paid for by Alfa Romeo, and got into a lengthy conversation with the bodyshop who did the work. It was they who told me most makes suffer similar problems, they told me the paint chipping started when car paint became water based, baked on in an oven. The paint is very thin, but also very brittle, old solvent based paint remained softer so would withstand stone chip impact better.
Out of interest these guys told me one of the worst cases of chipping they see is on Audi TT's, they also told me Audi will not pay for this type of paint damage under warranty!
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.