Paint chips

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by graynicolas11, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. graynicolas11

    graynicolas11 Active Member

    I don't know about you guys but I got a ton of them.. particularly on my hood..i counted probably 10 or so on my hood, and they're good size and down to the metal. I'm curious to know if Ford would repaint the hood or say too bad. Anybody else having issues with them?
     
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  3. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    Oh yea I've got a bunch of them too and it makes me really mad. They are even at the top of my hood, which is kinda rare to get them up there. I'm definitely going to get a clear bra on the entire hood and bumper. My car isn't even a year old yet and it's already got 7 or so chips taken out of it. I bought the Ford touch up paint kit and I'm going to do that hopefully this weekend. Clear bra protection is not cheap (probably going to cost me like $700 or so) but it will be worth it. I wish Ford would have done something to better protect this car. I don't think they will do anything for free to fix it.
     
  4. graynicolas11

    graynicolas11 Active Member

    yeah im gonna swing by on the weekend and see what they say. If it was 1 or 2 small ones I wouldn't care but theyre all over the place. And yeah I have some at the very top of my hood too like the top rim part ..like how does that even happen lol. I just look at my dads vw that he's had for years hopping up and down the highway and he has very little and the ones he does are tiny..kills me
     
  5. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    Let me know what they say. I've been majorly stressing over this for a couple months now. It seems like every time I look, there's a new one. I guess I can't have nice things lol
     
  6. Chris G

    Chris G Member

    I had 4-5 slightly noticeable ones on my front bumper within the first 3 weeks of ownership. I was really surprised as my previous car didn't get chipped or pitted out over the course of a year (same commute). The dings prompted me to get a clear bra on the front bumper, headlights, and mirror caps. It's definitely not perfect perfect as the said dings are now underneath the clear bra, but a normal person wouldn't notice flaws. I opted to NOT do the hood and what not simply because it was too damn expensive and this is a Fiesta after all. :)
     
  7. Chris G

    Chris G Member

    Location probably has something to do with it too, I guess. I'm in SoCal so I figured I would be 'in the clear' from dings and paint chips. I was wrong... Ha! If you live anywhere where it snows or rains I would imagine your problems are much worse than mine. :(
     
  8. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    Yep! I live in Ohio and it snows and rains all the time here. We had a really bad winter last year so there were tons of salt trucks on the roads. I'm pretty sure 90% of my chips are from salt rocks.
     
  9. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    I have chips all over mine. I saw them a day or two after I bought it. Mines molten Orange. It seems the paint is extremely weak. I've never had a car with so many chips.
     
  10. moff3tt

    moff3tt Active Member

    Well our Fiestas may be fast, but they're still an economy car. There is probably a reason despite the 6-speed and turbo it's still only a $22k car. Mine has a bunch of paint chips too. I have accepted it. I will eventually get a touch up kit so the hood doesn't rust out and I figured one day I'll pick up a carbon fiber hood and have that paint matched to my car so I'm not losing sleep over small things like this anymore.
     
  11. jproy12

    jproy12 Member

    I doubt that Ford/your dealer will do anything about it, but it's well worth a try!

    That's why I got my entire front end covered, bumper, hood, fenders, and side mirrors, well worth it, and learned it the hard way with my other cars, now I never leave the dealer without having it installed.
     
  12. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    What did you pay to have that done? I'm probably gonna do this next month. Definitely needs to be done before this coming winter
     
  13. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    I have accepted it, but it being based on an economy car is no excuse. My 2011 Mazda 2 was $14k, and the spirited green paint was perfect. It was also built in Japan though not Mexico.
     
  14. jproy12

    jproy12 Member

    I have an SE and not an ST :(, but pricing should be very similar, had the Xpel ultimate installed, and was done by a friend/friend pricing, all in was about $700.

    Was on the edge to buy an ST but decided it was better an SE for my needs, still enjoy reading this forum and lots of great info!
     
  15. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    What in the world makes you think Ford would be willing to pay for damage that they didn't inflict? It won't hurt to ask, but I wouldn't make a special trip to ask them. If it's not a factory defect, or wasn't done at the dealer, then they'd be crazy to fix it for free...
     
  16. graynicolas11

    graynicolas11 Active Member

    Mine was just under $30k and for that price I expect paint to last and not just chip away what feels like everytime I look at it :p
    Doesn't hurt to ask..
     
  17. Pedro

    Pedro Active Member

    I take my green envy on dirt roads. Even at times following a buddy close behind in the dust trail. I have 9,000 miles and no chips or nicks. I also did not get a clear bra. But I did have to put a film over my fog lights as those were getting banged up. Maybe some paint is applied better then others?
     
  18. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    It appears that certain colors are stronger than others. The Molten Orange is definitely one of the weaker ones. I have touched up at least a dozen chips, including one on the back edge of the hood. I am wondering if I'll have any paint left at all in a couple of years.
     
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  19. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    How many paint chips you get is largely a matter of luck, and depends on the type of traffic you're surrounded by. Obviously, 18-wheelers are death to paint jobs, and motor homes aren't much better, but regular car traffic can pick up and spit out small stones, too. My ST has 20,000 miles and I have more chips in the windshield than the paint.

    My philosophy is, ultimately, that if you want to keep your paint perfect, then put the car into a garage and never drive it. The roadway is a nasty and dirty place and if you you travel it, your car will sustain damage. :(
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2014
  20. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    All true, but I have more chips in my MO FiST after 10 months than I had in 3 years with my '11 Blue Flame SES with the same miles/year and the same travel area and traffic. I really think there is a durability issue with certain colors.
     
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  21. TapTapPull

    TapTapPull Active Member

    My Tuxedo Black has sustained quite a few chips. Since greynicolas11 has similar issues, black may be another weaker paint color. I need to use my paint stick.
     

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