|10-18-2011, 12:41 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jul 2007
Vehicle: 1999 E320
Location: Orange County,CA
Clear Coat Peeling Off
So for the past few months, all the Clear Coat (is what I'm guessing it is) is peeling off of all my plastic trim pieces. Front bumper, mirrors, the two trim pieces on the roof.
What causes this? How can it be fixed? How can it be prevented?
I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow.
|12-14-2011, 02:24 PM||#2 (permalink)|
This is caused by heavy chemicals usage and mechanical wear. In other words, it is caused by using Car Wash Drivethru.
That's a big no no.
Car Wash Drivethrus use strong chemicals and the machine they use is so abrasive it will, eventually, remove the Clear Coat paint then the Actual Paint itself.
Hand Wash is the only way to prevent it.
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|12-14-2011, 09:38 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Delamination (clear coat peeling) is irreversible, and a pita to fix. your only option is to have it sanded down and painted. I'd be careful and take it to one of the more reputable shops around you, and check their work before it's painted. A lot of places will cut corners, and your clear coat will begin peeling in a year or two.
Edit: causes include sun exposure, not keeping the car waxed, and/or the simple fact that factory paintjobs aren't perfect and the fact that the car is 12years old.
Last edited by Benznoob26; 12-14-2011 at 09:46 PM.
|12-20-2011, 01:44 PM||#5 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Nov 2010
Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes Benz CL500
Location: Milwaukee, WI
There was discussion of a similar topic in the W140 forum. If you clear coat has peeled there are a few things that may have caused it; harsh climate or exposure to UV rays a lot (especially if car is parked outside), repeated use of harsh chemicals when washing (ie Zep degreaser or something similar). Other than these things mentioned, they only real issue that would result in this is little or no maintenance of the paint, in other words, the car was probably not taken care as well as it should be. This may or may not be true, I have no idea if you are the original owner or not. These are just some ideas, so hopefully it helps. All the best.
|01-08-2012, 03:11 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 00 SL500 SOLD, 05 SL600 Sport, 09 Silverado 4x4 LTZ,John Deere 318
Location: Minot, Maine
The other thing that is a factor is AGE, This car is 13 years old, Depending on where the car is located, Stop and think how many heating and cooling cycles that paint has seen!!!!!!!!!!! Newer paint has become more durable over the years but it will fail sooner or later, You can protect it (by waxing and keeping it out of the sun) but it will fail at some point.
|01-09-2012, 01:26 AM||#9 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jun 2007
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