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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

clean your car before taking pics. there is no way the paint protection film can get chipped. those are splatters...
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

For the whole rocker panel to be blasted like that is very unusual, especially mid-vehicle unless the back door hinge side really sticks out past the front door latch side. Looks suspiciously like paint or chemical spray to me.
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

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For the whole rocker panel to be blasted like that is very unusual, especially mid-vehicle unless the back door hinge side really sticks out past the front door latch side. Looks suspiciously like paint or chemical spray to me.
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clean your car before taking pics. there is no way the paint protection film can get chipped. those are splatters...
I agree and that is why I asked if anyone had the same problem. I also noticed scratches near the front wheel well about 10 inches up in a single spot that looks like something may have hit it.
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

Mine looks identical to that in front of the rear wheels... I though it was just road dirt, then after a washing and clay bar I started cursing
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

I'll reply to everyone's responses here so that I can address everyone’s questions and comments.

Regarding the “scratches” that Jeepster23 mentioned about 10" up. That's actually wax that I had applied and missed when wiping the vehicle down. There isn't a mark anywhere else on the vehicle.

Regarding SW03ES comment about the plastic being damaged the same way as the paint. Yep that is true. That’s what I can’t figure out. It’s only been on gravel once and I had the mud flaps and running boards installed when that happened. All my other driving has been on paved roads. The damage would have occurred during the winter months when I didn’t have the flaps and boards on. And that would have been only ~ 3 months. So unless they’re spreading some new form of gravel up here I can’t understand why it’s so bad. Morty, rOtor and Vikingdave all have the same issue.

Regarding sined240 comment about it being paint splatters. I wish it was! Dropped it off at the dealership today and those are all chips.

Regarding Fireon door latch comment. Yep the passenger’s side door does stick out just a little.
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

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about it being paint splatters. I wish it was! Dropped it off at the dealership today and those are all chips.
It couldn't be that gravel or stones have damaged the clear film and plastic parts the same way as the paint. IMHO some chemicals caused this!
Think hard polish at body shop will wipe this out.
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I've been given authority to upload my pictures so here they are.
The only thing that I can figure out that caused the damage was from winter driving for 3 months without the mud flaps and running boards. That’s still no reason to see this type of damage. I don’t drive on gravel roads, it’s always on pavement. Of all the brand new vehicles that I've owned this is a first. I've always expected a few chips but as you can see this is over a thousand and the same damage is on both sides. And if you're wondering, none of that is dirt, they're actual chips. One picture shows the leading edge of the rear door and how the paint is worn completely off. I saw another black GC drive by yesterday with the same damage in the locations that I show in the pictures.

Since I’m fairly analytical I looked at what the path of stones/rocks or anything that comes off of the front tires without mud flaps and running boards. The entire bottom painted section under the doors is in the direct path of anything coming off the front tires, it sticks out farther then the plastic section underneath it. Also the front of the rear wheel is a target. I would assume that they knew that since they put a small piece of film there. It is fairly obvious that this is a design flaw and that mud flaps at the very least should be standard equipment on this vehicle. Anyone that is going to drive these GC's in the winter where roads are sanded needs to add this equipment to the vehicle.

Although I love the looks of the vehicle I can't recommend anyone buying this unless they live in place like Arizona where they don't have a Canadian winter to deal with. I'm extremely disappointed in this product and have always babied it and polished it from new. There isn't a mark anywhere on the vehicle except for the sandblasted sides.

This type of normal driving damage is completely unacceptable.

I’m taking it in to the dealership in 2 days to see what they will do.
That is definitely not rock chips. There are white splotches over the clear vinyl that perfectly match the paint so there is no way those are rock chips. You did run through white paint or concrete or something.
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

I don't know whay I have to continue to back up this damage but I'll do it again. THOSE ARE ROCK CHIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The clear vinyl is damaged not covered in paint.
The dealership used a buffing compound and couldn't do anything with it.
If you can stick your finger nail into a hole would that not be a chip?
Rock chips are holes or chips.
Paint or concrete would stay flush or create bumps.

Since I've been to the dealership and they acknowledge that it's rock damage from 3 months of winter driving then that's what it is!

Obviously Jeep didn't think that Mud Flaps should be standard equipment....they missed the boat on that one and I have a warranty claim in.

If 3 other members are expressing that they have the same problem wouldn't that point to these GC's having an issue?
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

That just doesn't make any sense that the clear film would be damaged in exactly the same way as the paint. I have seen lots of vehicles with these films, including my own vehicles, and it just doesn't make sense that the EXACT same damage would present the EXACT same way on the paint, 3M film, and on the plastic cladding.

Anyways, if anything the fact that the 3M film and the plastic cladding are just as damaged as the paint would prove its not an issue with the paint, and more that somewhere you came into contact with something unusual and incredibly destructive.
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

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That just doesn't make any sense that the clear film would be damaged in exactly the same way as the paint. I have seen lots of vehicles with these films, including my own vehicles, and it just doesn't make sense that the EXACT same damage would present the EXACT same way on the paint, 3M film, and on the plastic cladding.

Anyways, if anything the fact that the 3M film and the plastic cladding are just as damaged as the paint would prove its not an issue with the paint, and more that somewhere you came into contact with something unusual and incredibly destructive.
This right here. They maybe holes not raised but that tells me he ran over acetone or some other caustic chemical that would do damage to both the film and the paint in the vinyl. I will never believe that rock chips will damage the black plastic and vinyl in the exact same way as paint. That is just not possible. Those marks also have a classic splatter appearance they are not just randon chips they have a very clear splatter pattern. Maybe the calcium chloride they put down in winter to help melt the snow?
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You guys are talking a lot of sense it is also weird that only 3 or 4 members from North America present the same problem but I guess it is hard to know for sure from a few photos. If you guy are right It's scary that something that destructive is lying around on the road to create this damage. I wonder how the Harley riding population would handle the same road conditions?
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Re: Paint Rock Chip Damage is Extreme

Well i can tell you my RX8 went throught the same road conditions all winter, it has the same protective film, and it is undamaged after 7 winters. I can also say its physically the clearcoat that is chipped and not just some spray and dirt on top of the paint. Something is clearly wrong.
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