Sandstorm Damage Extensive, Possibly Expensive - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Test
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edited March 2016 in Mazda
Sandstorm Damage Extensive, Possibly Expensive - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test
Our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata got caught in a sandstorm and it did a number on the paint, lights and trim on the front end of our new car.
Also, Mazda cheaping out and not installing a cabin filter? Tsk.
Did Mark drive through the dust at 60mph and above? Could this damage occur at 40mph and below?
I wonder, if sandblasting can occur so easily - what do folks in the Middle East do.
Another vote in favor of clear-bras (full front coverage including A pillars/lenses. Would really be useful in this situation for sure among plenty of others.
The polish/detail will just abrade away clear coat to smoothen out the pitting. It may not work if the pitting is deeper than the clear-coat. Regardless, the paint has likely been severely compromised and thinned and fixing it will involve thinning it further - also the lenses have a UV protection layer, fixing that will remove it making them go cloudy in sunlight over time- this assumes any of this can be fixed. The wax may smoothen out the speckling temporarily on the paint.
If it looks better after the polish and wax, I bet it will regress quickly to a dull appearance after some time in the sun and rain.
(The Triumph would of course get him back by one mechanical failure after another.)
The same product has been on my 8 year old Mini since new. The headlights are in great shape and the film itself has held up well with no yellowing.
the only drawback is the loss of your UV-protection on the headlights and foglights as defyant15 correctly mentions. There are products available to seal the lights but I'm not sure any will come close to the factory stuff
Nope. In the headwind I had to downshift to 5th gear just to maintain highway speeds. Pulling over would have had the same effect, I just would have been more bored or maybe more of the car would have sustained damage. Also, there were no structures or shelter anywhere in that desert stretch.
In any case, look for my fix soon or find me on twitter. Yes, you heard right, it's almost back to normal.
Hit it with a hammer?