So I decided to go get some factory paint defects fixed. looking what to look for.
1st explanation of defects.
1) Edge of hood (side up by cowl) is rough, like smeared clear.
2) Small piece of metal? sticking out from metal roof/putty seam. This small piece is rusting, weird. . .
3) Rear hatch - Both bottom, toward car outer edges have rough clearcoat/paint that looks awful. Additionally at the top of the door there is a large "blob" of paint runoff at the top of the door.
2nd What to look for
I know to document everything before I take it in. What else do I need to be looking for?
I would look at all seams and edges, bottoms of doors, etc for any rust/bubbles. Park your washed car in the garage and use a florescent light at the roof for any small bubbles, rust, etc. I wouldn't worry about paint runs or minor clear coat imperfections in the door jams-that might be too picky.
1978 F250 Lariat 4x2
2015 Escape SE
I lived this nightmare with a '95 T-bird. The clear coat was creeping over every knife edge on the car not to mention paint runs and general imperfections.
I noticed on my '04 Expy that the paint in the roof seems was missing. I had them spray the seems.
Also what is notorious on Ford trucks is t he way they drain rain water form the front of the truck. The drainage / rain gutters from the hood spill all the water over the grill. I had them replace my grill as the chrome was tarnished from excessive rain drainage. Check it out.
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2011 F-150 XLT 4x4 Ecoboost
2010 Ford Focus
2004 Expedition XLT 4x2 FTE Guidelines
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