Paint damage

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Main Forum' started by Ryder99, Jan 23, 2023.

  1. Ryder99

    Ryder99 Junior Member

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    How delicate is the paint on these cars? My 22 all of a sudden has chips in the hood. I don't remember being behind any truck losidng it sand or rock load.
     
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    Most road debris comes in the form of dirt/ICE clods containing rocks falling off vehicles or being kicked up back on the road by vehicles drifting off/back on to the road surface.

    The closer the vehicle is to the ground the more likely it is to get hit by these small projectiles. Truckers, for example, rarely get windshield dings.

    Finally, softer paint due to environmental concerns/regs.
     
  3. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Patron saint of newly poured sidewalks

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    What colour?
     
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    If you guys use salt on the roads in Pennsylvania, that doesn't help. My driver side fender sustained a small ding from a careless person opening their door and it hasn't peeled or anything at all. You can see the grey underneath.

    I'm still pissed about this after all these years because it happened before I even made the first payment.
     
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    pretty sensitive, a lot of complaints over the years. aero shape of the front doesn't help.

    a lot use clear bras
     
  6. AzWxGuy

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    Mine came from the factory (or maybe the port in California) with a paint protection film on all the leading edges/surfaces. This stuff might even be self-healing since a while ago I had a pretty good gouge in the hood that I can't find anymore. Arizona is a pretty harsh state, very abrasive to things moving through its environment. Lots of rocks, sand, and gravel and plenty of pickup truck tires to fling that around. I've gone through three windshields since purchase. The vulnerability is assumed, and the insurance is compensatory.
     
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    Waterborne is probably as good as urethane base and top. In my experience the priming system that Toyota uses is not to bad. As long as you keep an eye on the chips that haven't penetrated the primer for oxidation the only other issue is appearance. Be aware, most body shops do not spray waterborne, even if they assure you they do, in case you're thinking of having the work done.
     
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    Black with the blue speckles. It is the nightshade edition.

    I understand that the car came with ceramic coating. Didn't have a choice with that. And I thought the ceramic would be a better protector.


    I guess not.
     
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