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    Paint bubbles. What to do?

    So I come home to this tonight after driving to work in my other car:



    The wife wanted to put her SUV in the garage. She moved our large garbage can to do so, shoving it between my car and the wall of the garage. Led to the scratches above in my Xpel clear bra. I'm a little miffed but that can be repaired.

    The real problem: As I was removing the light coating of dust on the car to take it for a drive, I come across a paint bubble on the driver's side rear wheel arch. It's an area covered by Xpel as well. Upon seeing it, I immediately felt the sheet metal on the opposite side and felt no obvious hole. No obvious trauma to cause the bubble. I've owned the wagon since new and it's got 18 months/23.5k miles of service. It didn't nave this bubble yesterday, the last time I inspected the car.

    The offending bubble:


    What do you guys suggest I do? What would cause this? Do I leave it alone? Do I submit it to the dealer and let them try to match OBM?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Maybe it's just the picture, but that doesn't look particularly glossy. Was that area ever repaired?

    The paint is separating, it needs to be addressed. A good shop can match the color nearly perfectly, and once blended, nobody will ever be able to tell there was work done.

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    Re: Paint bubbles. What to do?

    No, the area was never repaired.

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    Solution found. It's going to be a major repair. Once repaired, my wagon will be sitting during the winter and I'll have to purchase a winter beater for sure.

    http://www.c t s v o w n e r s. com/forum/62-general-09-up-cts-v-questions/14869-rust.html

    Take all the spaces out to go to the link. Pictures detailing another wagon owner's experience with this problem. The true extent of the problem is revealed in the thread, including VERY extensive internal rust.

    Seems to be a wagon-specific problem as in all my time on the V forums, I haven't heard about this type of rust on either sedans (and I drove a sedan through five winters) or coupes.

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    Ugh. What a bitch. Sorry to see this happening. I'm sure they'll be able to fix it but I know it sucks.

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    Re: Paint bubbles. What to do?

    We have "Rust Through" coverage for six years/unlimited mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neuronbob View Post
    No, the area was never repaired.

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    Solution found. It's going to be a major repair. Once repaired, my wagon will be sitting during the winter and I'll have to purchase a winter beater for sure.

    http://www.c t s v o w n e r s. com/forum/62-general-09-up-cts-v-questions/14869-rust.html

    Take all the spaces out to go to the link. Pictures detailing another wagon owner's experience with this problem. The true extent of the problem is revealed in the thread, including VERY extensive internal rust.

    Seems to be a wagon-specific problem as in all my time on the V forums, I haven't heard about this type of rust on either sedans (and I drove a sedan through five winters) or coupes.
    That's dissapointing.

    Well who would of thought your Vagon is going to be a garage queen now. I'm sure there should be some members who can take those winter rims and tires from you.

    It will be interesting to see what this beater will be be.

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    Re: Paint bubbles. What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpouls1 View Post
    That's dissapointing.

    Well who would of thought your Vagon is going to be a garage queen now. I'm sure there should be some members who can take those winter rims and tires from you.

    It will be interesting to see what this beater will be be.
    Eh, I'm just miffed and am venting a little. I am just supremely disappointed that after careful paint maintenance, Zaino'ing, hand washing, and winter laser washing under the car (ie my best efforts), I still need to have part of the car repainted because of a defect. Stuff happens.

    It will probably be that when whatever repair, small or not, is done, I'll be back to ripping up the roads as usual in the wagon.

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    Is it a rust bubble? Will the paint and corrosion warranty cover it?

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    Moisture coming from: sun roof drain? Or rear window washer fluid line? Just wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVC View Post
    Is it a rust bubble? Will the paint and corrosion warranty cover it?
    The wagon has 23k miles on it so it is less likely to be a paint defect from the factory. Most likely, there is premature rust under the paint. We will soon see.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blakester View Post
    Moisture coming from: sun roof drain? Or rear window washer fluid line? Just wondering.
    Both are fine. Never had any leaks from either.



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    Re: Paint bubbles. What to do?

    Some cars are painted at the dealer before you take delivery...... as they come in damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neuronbob View Post
    Stuff happens.

    I'll be back to ripping up the roads as usual in the wagon.
    Yep. Get her fixed up and back out having fun!

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    Re: Paint bubbles. What to do?

    maybe it's my eye but the inner lip of the fender (left of, and below, the bubble) looks deformed, which could indicate repair work done. No?

    I thought GM was way past their BS defective paint days......

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    Re: Paint bubbles. What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
    maybe it's my eye but the inner lip of the fender (left of, and below, the bubble) looks deformed, which could indicate repair work done. No?

    I thought GM was way past their BS defective paint days......
    It's the lighting. I used flash on that shot because my garage was a little dark at the time I took it. Looks fine to me. I'm the only owner and there was no accident that I know of. Was there an incident prior to delivery I wasn't aware of? Always possible, but I'd like to think I would have been told of it.

    You can also see a fine line on the paint bubble and following the fender if you magnify the pic a little. That's the line of the Xpel clear bra.

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    Re: Paint bubbles. What to do?

    Maybe whoever installed the Xpel blistered the paint with a little too much heat from a heat gun.
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