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post #1 of 13 Old 04-09-2017, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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My clear coat is missing

Got out of the car today and found this on my drivers door. For some weird reason my clear coat is missing. I know I did not hit anything or got hit and since my Mini was dirty for the last 7+ days I really did not see anything that bubbled up.

Sorry for the bad pics but it is really hard to take pics of clear coat during the day.
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Are you sure it isn't tree sap?
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Tried to rub it out did not come off and when you go over with your finger it feels like the paint is rough underneath and on the edge it looks and feels like the clear coat is missing. I will inspect it a little further tomorrow with one of them lamps from a Body Shop to see what is going on.


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Oh heck thats not sounding promising!
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Jeremy I do have to agree with you on that one. I do not know what it is that every time I buy a new car and try to keep looking good I become the target of stoves falling of the truck tires exploding around me and stones come towards my windshield the size of IBIZA... I am really thinking hard about having the Mini wrapped in one of them "Instant Southwest Rust Colors".



I bet you if I buy a new Mini it will have battle scars again with in the 1st 1000 Miles.
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Looks like a paint defect, maybe only just come to light because of strong sun?

I do agree about new cars. They start off perfect then come the stonechips and the Mini front end and upright windscreen seems more prone than other cars.
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Yes feels like they're out to get you as soon as you leave the showroom. Swbo kerbed our lovely black front alloy recently. Have filled it and painted it with a touch up stick. Hoping i can get the brush marks our with cutting compound when it has hardened. Otherwise i shall be paying!

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I can't really see in the photos but sounds like a defect although strange to happen in the middle of a panel!

I had similar some years back and I would have bet my house that it was a paint defect but proved to be like said a sap of some kind that polished out. Good job I didn't bet or I'd be homeless
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Could you be the victim of a focused sunlight beam? A while back I read of a new building that started setting nearby cars on fire due to some kind of fresnel effect with the building windows. Did you have the car parked somewhere where AZ death ray sunlight could have impinged on your door?
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On my way 2 the body shop they repainted my car last year when I had to file a claim because of a dust storm we had and they repainted the bumper fenders and hood and had to blend the paint into the door. I wonder if it was bad prep work and it starts to show will know more later.


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