Last post on Apr 25, 2010 at 2:48 PM
You are in the Honda Accord
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Honda Accord, Sedan
#47 of 49 Re: 2006 Alabaster Silver Metallic Paint Defects [dlite]
Apr 25, 2010 (11:21 am)
Metallic paints have gotten VERY expensive and all car manufacturers are trying to get by using the absolute minimum amount of paint to save money. If you open your hood, or the fuel cap flap, you will notice that there is no silver paint inside these areas, but you will see a light grey, which is the non-metallic base coat sprayed on the entire car before the final color coat is applied. The base coat is almost the same color (light grey) as the metallic coat (silver). Then when the silver is applied, a much smaller amount of the metallic paint is required to cover the base coat. After the metallic coat is applied , a final clear coat is sprayed on to protect the color coat.
Your hood looks like the painting robot was programmed to the point where almost enough color coat was applied. Almost, but not enough.
Or, your hood was buffed prior to delivery for some reason, and what I'm seeing are buffer swirl marks. I just can't tell for sure from the photo.
Either way, I concur that it's sure ugly.
#48 of 49 Re: 2006 Alabaster Silver Metallic Paint Defects [rcummelin]
Apr 25, 2010 (12:30 pm)
I went to a local body shop, and asked if this was repainted. He said that he has been doing painting for 15 yrs and he is sure that it was not repainted because the surface was so smooth. So, I guess it was not buffed either. When I got this car, it was just washed dripping water and parked under shade. I couldn't see this until a couple of weeks later at night. I though it was glaring under the sun. Now, I know that it is not glaring. So, make sure to carefully inspect the vehicle under various lighting and different angle before you sign the contract. BTW, its not just the hood. Its on fenders, roof and trunk too.
#49 of 49 Re: 2006 Alabaster Silver Metallic Paint Defects [dlite]
Apr 25, 2010 (2:48 pm)
Our Accord is Mystic Green and thank goodness it doesn't have that paint defect at all. No lines whatsoever. I feel your pain.
BTW- In an effort to save even more money, some manufacturers do not bother painting the roofs of bigger trucks & vans. If it can't be seen from the ground, it may not be painted with the color coat. Base coat & clear coat is all they have. Weird, huh?