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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:36 pm
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Default Has anyone had problems with excessive stone chipping on their Honda. Has Honda changed the

paint properties.? I have recently purchased a red Civic Type R and experienced excessive stone chipping, the car has only traveled 2000km on good roads and has 5 stone chips on the bonnet/ wing and windscreen pillar. Has anyone experienced similar problems, i have owned many cars and not experienced this level of chipping on a car with so little kms traveled. Is the paint to soft? or to brittle? or the adhesion properties changed?. Each small chip goes to the base metal below the paint. I am about to approach Honda, but need to know if others are having the same problems?
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:42 pm
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My 98' prelude had alot of chipping on the roof and bumpers, both are different materials that the paint was adhered to, so maybe you're up to something. The two cars my family has that are domestic (both fords, one a 2004 taurus and the other a 93 F250) don't really have alot of chips, but then again, the paint luster and quality is nowhere near up to par as Honda's. If chipping is a problem, it's probably because Honda sacrifices a more durable, flatter looking paint for one with deep richness and a thinner clearcoat to let it shine through more. Just my opinion though
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:45 pm
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In the late 80's the automotive industry began moving to a water-bourne paint process that used a lot of water in the paint process to get the paint to adhere to the auto surface. It was much more environmentally friendly than the previously used paint that was based on less environmentally friendly petroleum products. A side effect of that paint was that it was much softer than previously used products and more subject to chipping. They are beginning to move to new products (Ford, especially, as seen in the link below) but they are not there, yet. I think we are all going to have to put up with more chipping in the near term.Hope that this answers your question and that you have a great day.

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