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post #1 of 255 (permalink) Old 03-27-2013, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Clearcoat peeling

Anybody have problems with the clearcoat peeling on their smart? I've got a 2009 red smart, solid color, and a 2008 red smart, painted, and the '09's clearcoat is peeling. I use the same soap & wax on each but only the '09 is peeling. The '09 has the red plastic, the '08 is red painted over a black plastic panel. Could the fact that the clearcoat was applied to the plastic, not paint be the cause?
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I have the same year and color and I have no pealing. where is it pealing at?
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I have some peeling right around the door handle and especially in the wheel well of the drivers side.
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WAIT...he's right! :eek:

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'08 red not mic, I can see the overspray lines. Peeling all around, front, rear, sides. I've got scratches on the '08 so I saw the black plastic through it.
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Quick search shows you're right :eek:.

You're not the first with this problem, I wonder what the build dates of all the reported cars are...
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Could it be possible that the mixing of paint or prep of the panels was done poorly?
We always hear comments about American car quality being so so, perhaps Hambach has its own issues too. There is no excuse however.
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I have just peeling paint.
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The MIC (Molded in Colour) panels are clearcoated as well.

I have a 2008 metallic Blue, many dings and scratches, but no peeling clearcoat as far as I can tell?
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I have the same year and color Art, no peeling

I DID have "someone" scrap the right rear panel slightly, some wet/dry 1,000 grit and a rattle can of clearcoat took care of that
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