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      06-22-2019, 02:38 PM   #1
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Anyone had paint defects, specifically clear coat failure?

Super bummed that my 2009, 70k mile Le Mans blue 335 started developing bubbles on the roof a year ago, which obviously led to the clearcoat peeling off in small sections, all the while spreading.

No big deal, right? Itís just the roof - I could always strip the clear and have it wrapped in jet black or Shadowline black to match my trim!

...but then the ultimate insult happened - my freakin hood just developed the same quarter sized delamination/bubble in the clear. Now Iím pissed.. this is the ďnewest/low mileĒ car I Iíve owned(out of 30+, most of which were bmws) and never once have I had to paint a panel.


Clearly beyond the factory 3 year warranty on paint. But.. curious to hear if anyone else has found their factory paint to become defective prematurely. My mechanic said itís common on Le Mans blue bmws, but I canít really find any evidence to prove it being beyond anecdotal.


Anyone ever try to file complaints with BMW NA? Itís seems futile to try on a 10 year old car, but maybe there is a minute chance if it has been documented that certain colors were doomed from the start due to a paint supplier fault, or some other equivalent.




Note: my car has had paintwork performed by the previous owner(rear quarter), but the hood and roof are definitely factory virgin panels. Car is not garaged, but is washed and spray waxed every two weeks.

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My E92 has clear coat failure on the hood and roof. Granted, car sat outside for most its life before I purchased it. Florida sun is dangerous. Planning to get it repainted in the coming months, gotta quote for $800 to repair it.
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neglected paint. Gotta keep your car waxed...
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Super bummed that my 2009, 70k mile Le Mans blue 335 started developing bubbles on the roof a year ago, which obviously led to the clearcoat peeling off in small sections, all the while spreading.

No big deal, right? Itís just the roof - I could always strip the clear and have it wrapped in jet black or Shadowline black to match my trim!

...but then the ultimate insult happened - my freakin hood just developed the same quarter sized delamination/bubble in the clear. Now Iím pissed.. this is the ďnewest/low mileĒ car I Iíve owned(out of 30+, most of which were bmws) and never once have I had to paint a panel.


Clearly beyond the factory 3 year warranty on paint. But.. curious to hear if anyone else has found their factory paint to become defective prematurely. My mechanic said itís common on Le Mans blue bmws, but I canít really find any evidence to prove it being beyond anecdotal.


Anyone ever try to file complaints with BMW NA? Itís seems futile to try on a 10 year old car, but maybe there is a minute chance if it has been documented that certain colors were doomed from the start due to a paint supplier fault, or some other equivalent.




Note: my car has had paintwork performed by the previous owner(rear quarter), but the hood and roof are definitely factory virgin panels. Car is not garaged, but is washed and spray waxed every two weeks.
My ceramic coated E90 is mostly garaged. It sat outside for two weeks when I went to Qatar. I came back and the clear on the roof failed. I covered it with paint match vinyl wrap.
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My clear coat started flaking on the hood. My car is a 2009 coupe also - must have been something wrong with the paint in Germany
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Mine too. 2011 California car with 70k. The roof is starting to fade. It just leave the roof rack on it to cover it up!!
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My E90 Monaco Blue roof is all gone, trunk is half way peeled and now the doors are starting to peel a little but getting worst... I'm going to have it repainted later on.
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