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Toyota Corolla Paint Problems

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  • deslot27deslot27 Posts: 2
    Has anyone encountered a paint job that is totally pealing off its clear coat. My 2003 is almost 50% void of clear coat, and soon will get to the base coat. Started on roof, which is almost void of clear coat, now gong onto trunk and hood and doors. Really looks bad, and I have been quoted $1000-$1800 for a good replacement paint job. Was wondwering if anyone would know if Toyota would help on this mess? THANKS
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    What are you using to care for your cars finish? There are some products out there that are very harsh on the clearcoat and could actually eat it away after time. Most of these are the polishes that are polyurethanes like Nufinish and 2000.
  • deslot27deslot27 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the quick response. I just use regular self serv spray washes, and never had an rubbing style wax put on. It looks like a I was bombed with an acid rain balloon. Just on the roof and now moving to hood and trunk.
  • kimj1969kimj1969 Posts: 1
    I think is crap that Toyota hasn't offered to repaint these cars, I know there has to more folks with this paint issue that haven't come forward.

    I also have a 2001 Corolla that the clearcoat is peeling off the roof and rear left door. I am the second owner of his car, purchase in So Cal. and have waxed it tried to keep out of the sun....

    Now that I live in Vegas, the heat is doing a number on the anything glued down, trim inside the door frames have peeled off.

    I love this car even it looks like I dont...This car has less than 89000 miles on it
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    It's eleven years old, you can't even expect a Toyota to last forever? Mileage really doesn't factor into the equasion as it's still exposed to the elements, even if it's not being driven.
  • I have an 07 Corolla with paint that is chipping. When I asked the dealer, I was told that paint had a 3 year warrantee... end of conversation. It is crap. I just saw a news report on thin paint and that the car makers aren't standing behind their work. I sure can't afford to paint my car!
  • I have 2 GM cars. 13 years old, 10 years old. I have a toyota 7 years old. Ever since I bought the corolla the paint on the back bumper has been atrocious. Any slight scratch causes the paint to begin peeling off. I have been patch painting the car for years. The last straw came last night when I removed painters tape around an area i was touching up and the paint all came off on the the tape. This is the first and only car that has done this. Quality of Toyota has gone done hill and I can't understand why they would use such poor quality manufacturing. Just be aware that Toyota does not have quality control like other auto manufacturers. And to think I paid more for a toyota thinking I was paying for quality. I was taken!!!! No more toyotas!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    You do realize 10 and 13 years ago GM was allowed to use better paint then they would be allowed to use today right? Toyota, Ford, G.M.,etc., etc. are now required to use less volatile and only environmental safe paints these days. Along with this requirement came a much less durable paint on ALL newer cars.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,252
    edited September 2011
    >The last straw came last night when I removed painters tape around an area i was touching up and the paint all came off on the the tape.

    This is not the mark of a quality paint job. Haven't there been postings about problems with Corolla paint for years?

    The other poster claims it's _all_ companies having paint problems now. Is that true?

    Read the Lexus forums? Any postings about problems with poor paint and poor adhesion in the Toyota Lexus models? Or is the cheap paint process on the Corolla? Also read the Camry/Avalon postings.

    My GM cars have never, never had paint flake away from a scratch. My Cobalt has had a couple--2008. No flaking. No problems.

    Good luck in finding a resolution for the paint quality problem. :)
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    Yes, we've seen this complaint on a multitude of makes/models. It's not Toyota-specific.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,252
    >multitude of makes/models

    Is it on the lower line models? Or broadly based through the various price levels.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    It's pretty broadly-based. I've seen it on Lexus models, Hyundai models, etc. Not all models have complaints, but... I'm guessing that's just because there are no posts about it, not because it's not happening. The newer paint just seems to be less durable.

    Additionally, these often come in conjunction with complaints about "flimsier" body metal. The use of lighter, thinner metal is pervasive in an attempt to meet consumer demands for increasingly more fuel-efficient vehicles. Obviously, making a vehicle lighter in weight helps.

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  • xluxlu Posts: 457
    Dear host,

    I recently noticed that a lot of 5 to 10 years old Honda cars have very bad paint problems (peeling off) on the roof and hood. I'd like to open a new discussion on that but could not find any link or button. Can you help?

    Thanks
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,252
    By clicking on "sedans" in the tracer at top (Forums > Sedans > etc

    About halfway down the page there is a list of topics and there's a link "add discussion."
  • That happened to my car. I've had my red corolla for 2 years now. When I bought the car used, everything looked fine with the exception of a little dent in the rear bumper. 6 months later the roof peeled like you said. Soon it spread to hood and the trunk. It also seems to be fading on the sides. If It rains you can tell the color is a little off. I was quoted 4k for a paint job. Another girl I work with has a red 2005 corolla and is fading as bad as mine.

    On top of that, the speaker covers in the back cracked. I saw a bunch of 2003 Camry owners with the same problem. This is very frustrating.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    Wow. I know several people with 2004-2006 Corollas, and they have zero problems with paint. I also have a neighbor with a 2009 - zero paint problems - maybe the color red is a problem, or ??? Check out other websites to see if it really is a widespread problem.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Wow, sounds like you really got a lemon there! I currently have three Corollas(92,01 and 09) and all have "like new" paint on all three. After I apply my yearly application of "NU-Finish" I'm beading and shining for another year. First I heard of the cracked speaker problem. Good luck with all of your difficiencies.
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla. I have paint chipping on the roof of my car, and the roof of my car is rusting as well. This does not seem right, my car is only 5 years old and already my car roof is chipping and rusting. I know of cars that are 10 years old and their paint job is still in tact. The top of my doors are also starting to fade as well. I also have a neighbor down the street that has the same issue. If we get enough customers with the same issue of paint chipping and fading, we can try to start a class action to resolve our issues.
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    Does anyone know of any Toyota 2006 paint chipping recalls? If you do, if you can please let me know, I would really appreciate that...
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    edited October 2011
    Are you the first owner of your Corolla? Could you or a previous owner have used an abrasive compound that might have removed the clear coat finish? I know polymer compounds such as "2001" and "NU Finish" (and I'm sure there are others) have been mentioned to remove clear coat if not used as directed. I mean I myself use NU Finish and just love the once a year protection it provides but you really can not over use this or compounds like it.
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    Yes I'm the first owner of my 2006 Toyota Corolla, and no I have not used a clear coat finish.
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    Yeah, I went to the Toyota dealer had it inspected and they said they would not cover my paint chipping.

    I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla and not only is my paint chipping on my roof, I also have paint fading starting on my doors, the front hood, and the top of my trunk.

    This does not add up. I see cars that are 10 + years old and their paint is not pealing or chipping. I truly think that if we get enough Toyota owners that have similar issues, that we can try to start a class action to resolve and put our issues to rest.
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    edited October 2011
    I so agree, count me in! I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla that is chipping on my roof, it looks rusted as well from all the chipping. On my front hood, my car doors, and my back trunk my paint is starting to fade. I also have a neighbor that has the same issue.

    Now I see cars that are 10+ years old, and I dont see paint chipping nor fading on their cars. Not as bad as my 2006 Toyota Corolla.

    Now we have invested and spent too much money on our Corolla's, for us to have to deal w/ Toyota's cheap paint jobs. I am not willing nor able to have more money come out of my pocket to re-paint my car!
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    Sorry I am just now responding 3 years later, I just now learned of this Toyota Forumn. If it not too late, I am interested in signing a petition asking for a recall and or going for a class action suit. We all do have a case. I have a 2006 Corolla and have chipping and also fading on my Indigo blue car. I also took it to a Toyota dealer, and they said they would not cover my paint issue.

    That this does not add up! I see cars that are 10+ and they do not have paint defects near as bad as our Toyota issues.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Perhaps you misunderstood me, clear coat is what the factory applied to the paint on your 2006, I was just wondering if something you used or have been using on your 2006 Corolla could have removed this clearcoat as some waxes, polishes, etc. might do.
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    Yes, perhaps I did misunderstand you. No, I did not use anything that would have done as much damage to my car, as of what I am dealing with right now. Through much investigation and research that I have done regarding my car issue, the bottom line is that with my car only 5 years old, I should not have the paint defects that I'm dealing with right now.

    As mentioned, that I have seen cars 10 + years old and they do not have paint defects near as bad as my paint defects.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    Sorry, you can't use the forums to organize legal action or get petitions signed.

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  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    There can be people who have the same paint defect issues who have no idea that this forum even exists, I just found out about this forum.
  • orca6orca6 Posts: 9
    I have a 2006 dark blue Toyota Corolla and have a paint defect where the roof of my car is chipping off. My hood is starting to peel as well as the trunk of my car, and my side top of my doors are starting to fade.
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 306
    I have been perusing this and wondering exactly what years are affected by the paint problem. We have a 2010 Corolla bot in Sept 2010...a year ago. Should I expect paint problems? Anything I can to now to PREVENT problems?
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