Alfa-less and lost.
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Toughest paint?
Thanks for your help and interest, but the bodykit is now in the paintshop so too late for a photo.
The full history is fairly complicated, but my car was produced in 2001 in Pininfarina's factory so was originally painted there. It was fitted with an Autodelta upper apron at the rear by the dealer - the material looks to me as a layman like fibre-glass as it has a very obvious weave on the inside, but is smooth on the outside. It is white when rubbed down and smells a bit of solvents. Is that GRP?
Anyway I later in 2003 fitted a Autodelta lower apron and side-skirts in the same material, and a Novitec front spoiler (different much lighter & thinner material with smoother internal surface which came pre-primed).
Last spring I bumped it and had a new front spoiler, this time from Autodelta and a repaint of the front end.
So, the Novitec front spoiler faired very very badly compared to the original front plastic, so even though both were exposed to front stone chips, the 2003 fitted and painted plastic was badly chipped and the 2001 original plastic was not too bad, even for front facing parts at the same level.
The 2001 Autodelta upper apron also survived better than the 2003 lower apron, even in the wheelarches, so both exposed to similar treatment.
And the best paint is the original paint on plastic and metal surfaces.
So, I think I have answered my own question - given that it was all painted with water-based paint the 2003 work was shoddy compared to the 2001 original and dealer work and the 2007 paintshop.
Hopefully this last work will be good.