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#183 of 287 Re: Give us a break. [issilac]
Jun 07, 2010 (5:59 am)
Last Friday I had a 110 lb. garage door spring snap in my closed garage overnight. Inside were my Black Pearl Mica 2001 and my Barcelona Red 2009 Corollas. Unfortunately the newer 2009 Corolla was on the side where the spring snapped and flew wildly. It struck my passenger side rear quarter panel and left a dime size indentation as well as about 6 inches of spring marks down the side of the car. With all of this evidence of a dangerous situation, the paint on the 2009 Red Corolla held up spectacularly. I was able to use a polishing compound to remove the spring marks totally. Nowhere in all of this was there any inkling of a chip or scratch in the paint. Of course I'll have to live with the indentation, but the paint was unmarkable. Moral of this story is two fold; paint problems with the new generation of Toyota Corolla are just as they are with all new vehicles, you'll always have a few that get through the paint shop not as planned and will have some problems, but on a whole the Toyota paint performs as well if not better than other manufacturers. On the other hand, always heed the spring manufacturers warning and use the safety wire that's supposed to run down the center of the garage door springs to prevent airborne springs from car damage as well as a loss of an eye in the event of breakage.
#184 of 287 Re: Give us a break. [terceltom]
Jun 07, 2010 (4:40 pm)
Check with local auto dealers. They have dent and chip repair folks come to their lots to fix things like this on cars they're going to keep to sell. A neighbor had one come repair a couple of small dents in his 95 Monte Carlo and the price was reasonable for 30 minutes work.
#185 of 287 Re: Give us a break. [imidazol97]
Jun 07, 2010 (7:40 pm)
Well, the paint held up great even with the dent. If they pull that dent out though, maybe this is when the paint inside the dent might crack and peel. What do you think?
#186 of 287 Re: Give us a break. [terceltom]
Jun 08, 2010 (6:52 am)
That would be a good question for a dent puller who has done others like it on the same kind of car. They would have a feel for the paint's durability.
It all depends on how much the dent bothers you...
#187 of 287 Re: Corolla 2010 Paint
Jun 20, 2010 (5:08 pm)
I am glad to know that the paint peeling off of the spoiler is no fault of mine. I was washing my car today at the car wash and along the driver side spoiler, I noticed a scratch that I thought was maybe tar or something as a applied the pressure of the hose, I saw the area becoming black and I realized the paint was in fact peeling off!!
I am so upset about this and blamed myself, well any advice would be greatly appreciated. I plan on visiting the dealership near my home.
#188 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [laurenfowlkes]
Aug 01, 2010 (4:14 pm)
I purchased a new 2010 Corolla LE in July 2009. I have only 13,000+ miles on a car that is a little more than one year old. I have some minor scratches, but none of them exceed the depth of the painted surface. However, I have many small paint chip circles that have exposed the primer beneath the paint. I've seen more than enough crappy paint jobs in my years but they are usually found on cheap auto refinish services that were applied to an older car. If the primer surface is not clean or has minute amounts of moisture prior to painting, the paint will eventually chip or bubble-up. The paint on my Corolla is chipping off and leaving round pit holes. I even had to pay for the dealer prep cost of paint sealing... which obviously didn't work. I'm taking it in to the dealer next Saturday.
#189 of 287 Re: Corolla 2010 Paint [stanthony68]
Aug 06, 2010 (7:37 am)
My 2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix also has paint peeling off the spoilers/trim below the doors.
I guess I had a very small indentation (hardly noticeable, and the paint was still intact) on my passenger side spoiler. When I hit it with the pressure washer from the car wash, it instantly blew paint off the spoiler. The area missing paint ended up being about the size of a nickel.
I decided to just fix the area with Toyota certified touch-up paint. When washing the car again, the same area lost more paint, leaving an area about the size of a pea without paint.
It happened to me a third time on my driver side spoiler on the area that turns into the wheel well. I was washing the car with a high pressure wand, and when I sprayed it on the spoiler a big line of paint instantly blew off! The gash is two inches long.
I just took it to my local Toyota dealership, and was told it's not a defect so it wouldn't be a warranty issue. The service manager actually told me they were scratches! He wouldn't believe me when I told him that washing my car peeled the paint off. He said in "all his years" as a service manager he'd never heard of paint peeling off from washing a car.
The little goon I talked to before the service manager told me it was normal for paint to peel off around the area of a ding or chip. I said, "Oh, so it's okay for me to get a chip and have all the paint in the world peel off around it?" He said it was. I am royally pissed off at stupid Menlove Dodge/Toyota in Utah.
The service manager said someone from Toyota could look at it next Friday. I plan to go in, and print out post from various threads detailing others that have had the same problem.
The paint clearly doesn't adhere correctly to the plastic spoiler. If you've had this same problem, please create an account and post your experience. It's the only way to have our voices heard.
On a side note, I told Carlos (the little goon) that the stationary radar points I drive by always read my speed as three miles an hour slower than what my speedometer says. He told me that radar is unreliable and is often incorrect by as much as five miles an hour; so, no need to check it. Unbelievable!
Oct 22, 2010 (3:06 pm)
I just returned from the body shop from having may 2010 Corolla repainted.
About a month ago I saw 3 white spots on the door. When I looked closer I saw the paint was chipping off.
I took the car back to the dealership to be looked at and was told acid had gotten my paint. The 3 managers found many other chips all over the car. They suggested I call my insurance company.
My company paid for an entire new paint job. The manager of the body shop said that the second day they had my car their was more damage than the day before.
I am afraid it will happen again. I bought my 1st Toyota in 1972 and have driven Toyota s ever since. I never had a problem.
#191 of 287 Re: Bad Paint [rumer1951]
Oct 23, 2010 (7:43 am)
You obviously didn't pick-up some acid on your "72" like you did with the "09". I guess it's safe to assume that since three technicians in addition to your insurance agent agreed that it was something you pick-ed up while driving, you really can't fault Toyota. It could've happened to a Chevy, if you had one.
#192 of 287 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla [auxx]
Apr 25, 2011 (12:44 pm)
I have a similar problem with the paint on my 2009 Matrix. I called the dealership and there is a recall. Toyota should fix the problem for you. The recall number that I was given is 90H90L.