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Help. 4 weeks since I bought my '05 GT V6 lots of stone chips, body scuffs, scratches etc have suddenly re-appeared which were there when I first saw the car. A garage mate reckons Stratstone who sold me it used water based paint / filler as a cheap way of getting my car looking pristine (it looked great when I went to pick it up) but has since washed & dissolved away so back where it started :mad: .

So .... anybody know of any good body paint specialist in the North West who can do a proper job on the chips etc?

Also is it worth spending a few hundred quid (ouch) on Supaguard / Ventureshield type paint film, I've been told this will greatly reduce stone chip attack? My GT is in dark blue so marks show up dead easy.

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Supaguard won't protect from stonechips but Ventureshield should. Whether is worth the money I don't know.

I would complain to Stratstone that they have sold you a bodged car and that you expect them to fix it properly at their cost.
 

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Help. 4 weeks since I bought my '05 GT V6 lots of stone chips, body scuffs, scratches etc have suddenly re-appeared which were there when I first saw the car. A garage mate reckons Stratstone who sold me it used water based paint / filler as a cheap way of getting my car looking pristine (it looked great when I went to pick it up) but has since washed & dissolved away so back where it started :mad: .

So .... anybody know of any good body paint specialist in the North West who can do a proper job on the chips etc?

Also is it worth spending a few hundred quid (ouch) on Supaguard / Ventureshield type paint film, I've been told this will greatly reduce stone chip attack? My GT is in dark blue so marks show up dead easy.

Cheers :thumbs:
Won't solve you problem but I had the same experience when I bought my wife's Volvo XC90 .... interestingly it was also from Stratstone .....

My 4 years old(75k miles) GT (moon blue) also had lots of stone chips on the front bumper and bonnet, so I would highly recommend you get some sort of extra protection if you know it'll work.
 

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Ive noticed quite a few very fine stone chips on the rear quarter panel at wheel height. It appears to be where the air flow hits the flared body/arch. Anyone else had this on their GT? The chips are almost pin ***** in size. Aany ideas of the best way to hide them. Not visible to anyone else Its just me..I may try a clear polish next time cos the white stuff brings it out worse.
 

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Ive noticed quite a few very fine stone chips on the rear quarter panel at wheel height. It appears to be where the air flow hits the flared body/arch. Anyone else had this on their GT? The chips are almost pin ***** in size. Aany ideas of the best way to hide them. Not visible to anyone else Its just me..I may try a clear polish next time cos the white stuff brings it out worse.
Yep, I reckon this is probably a common problem area, although disguissed pretty well on my silver GT, but I guess worse on darker colours. :(
Not too sure about these polishes to disguise stone chips in the long term. They really need building up with either colour or clearcoat (or both), either DIY with a fine artist brush or if nec, a 'proper' job.
 

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Colour wax will get rid of the light scratches but will only mask the deeper scratches for a limited time. Stone chips are better masked with a wax crayon or chip stick of the same or similar colour to your car. At least this would protect any metal parts from going rusty.
 

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Which colour wax is the best. Not sure about the T-Cut colour magic. Are there any others.
 

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What sort of mileage have you done to have stone chips etc that bad??

I'm paranoid now :lol:
 

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Its done 40k. Its not that bad really but I do sufferr with a bit of OCD so I notice pretty much anything.The chips on the front are few and far between but there are quite a few tiny ones on the rear quarter. The guy that had it before me had done a lot of motorway miles so I recon that hasnt helped. The fact that the paint is solid black kind of shows it a bit more...
 

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My '08 GT has 18k miles - I do mostly motorway driving - my car is looking pretty knackered altready on the paintwork, not so much on the front as on the sides behind the rear window where there are clear scratch marks from what stevienicknacks refers to as airflow on the arches. I have to say the quality of the paint is pretty bad compared to other manufacturers, and yes black does show EVERYTHING up! anyone know who does re-paints, as in time it will defintely need one.:(
 

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My '08 GT has 18k miles - I do mostly motorway driving - my car is looking pretty knackered altready on the paintwork, not so much on the front as on the sides behind the rear window where there are clear scratch marks from what stevienicknacks refers to as airflow on the arches. I have to say the quality of the paint is pretty bad compared to other manufacturers, and yes black does show EVERYTHING up! anyone know who does re-paints, as in time it will defintely need one.:(
I have the same issue, 09 black gt 18000kms and loads of little stone chips in cluster as the rear arch bulges out an area about 6inches in size is affected.
To be honest i think the paint is fairly poor. The car is very easily marked. I had a Seat Leon FR before the GT and it had 100000kms and had less paint scuffs, scratches and stone chips.
I also have a problem with one wheel, it has 5 or 6 areas where the paint is flaking off... on a 6month old car! and this is not from kerbing the wheel, its in random areas on the wheel. looks like the paint just bubled up and flaked off..
 

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looks good. Have u used it? is it easily done?
the chips are quite small indivudaly but when all togheher look bad.
 

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I know the feeling regarding the chips and wheel issues.

I'm having my wheels repaired/resprayed soon but not sure what to do with the stone chips.
 

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I'm heading over to the garage now, might be under warranty ?? Car only a few months old.
 

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He wheel I mean not the stone chips
 

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Service dept said it might be covered under warranty.. We will have to wait for a decision..
 

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Same here with the chips over the front and in front of the rear wheels with 44k miles. I have a Saab 9-5 with 230k which i've owned for the past 9 years and that has a fraction of the chips & scuffs the GT has:confused:

Off to the dealer for some Moon Blue touch up..........
 

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Just been to my dealers, they are re-spraying my bonnet and front bumper due to stone chips and lacquer de-laminating, all done under warrenty so I'm made up, great result:)
my red GT has done 37k and looks like it's been shot blasted:cry:
should look brand new after the repairs.

Paul
 
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