Paint bubbled up

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  1. echeng66

    echeng66 Junior Member

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    I have a small area in the hood (2008) with paint bubbled up. (See picture.) I did a search and found one thread on it. So I gained some understanding about this. I have extended warranty till 100,000 miles. Do you think they will cover this?
     

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    I thought the hood and various other pieces were aluminum. That wouldn't be rust then.
     
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    The hood is aluminium unless the car has had repairs replacing the hood with an aftermarket unit. These are often steel. Aluminium however does corrode particularly in the presents of salt.

    John (Britprius)
     
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    Almost identical post of yours farther down on the forum list. And the remedy. Here:

    Front end corrosion | PriusChat

    Lack of paint maintenance (not waxing) causes acid to etch pinhole in paint and water-rust gets under the paint and bubbles paint. Because of this the extended warranty coverage will be a hardsell
    imho.
     
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    Now you've gone and made me wonder if my Prius had ever had any serious panels replaced (since I got it second hand). I just did a quick test with a fridge magnet. Magnet stuck straight away to all four doors and front and rear quarter panels. Then I checked the hood and the rear hatch and sure enough the magnet slide straight off without any force at all. So yep, it checks out ok. :)
     
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    I have the same bubbling problem in my 2009. I am the first owner, very well maintained car with not even swirl marks in the paint. Does not seem to be classic rust problem. It seems as if the paint adhesion itself has some issues. The bubbles are in a area where both the front and back of the hood visually looks perfect (meaning no break in the paint surface).




     
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    Aluminum is especially hard to prime properly.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. There was no damage to the hood prior to this. Just saw it the other day. I do not know when it happened. It is a 2008 with over 90,000 miles. I will check with the dealer to see whether it is covered under extended warranty. If not, it is not a super big deal. I guess cosmetic is less of an issue as this point.

    Thanks.
     
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