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Old 04-28-2019, 11:19 AM
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Last September, I found paint chips in 4 spots along the bumper seams on my 2017 Torch Red Vette. GM and my dealer stepped up and had the front and rear bumpers repainted in November. The results were fantastic.

Flash forward to warmer weather last week, and the chips are back in 2 of the original locations and worsening before my eyes (literally from morning to afternoon). The dealer and the body shop are standing behind it, so no issues there but I’m torn on the timing of the repair.

Should I:

A. Get it over with and address this now, but part with my Converible Z06 for up to a month?
B. Deal with it, enjoy the prime driving months (and see if anything else pops up) and get it fixed in November?

I realize these are first world problems, that do not impact drivability or convertible enjoyment of my Vette. I’m not a huge car show guy (but do enjoy detailing my car), but I’m sincerely torn.




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Old 04-28-2019, 11:24 AM
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Up to a month? Why not an overnight?
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Enjoy the driving weather and wait until November.
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Up to a month? Why not an overnight?
lol, while I donít expect overnight I thought a month was excessive. They said 2 weeks, paint and prep. 2 weeks to cure/dry before remounting to avoid further issues along the seams.
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These seem like really, really, excessive times.
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Originally Posted by Big Lebowski View Post
Last September, I found paint chips in 4 spots along the bumper seams on my 2017 Torch Red Vette. GM and my dealer stepped up and had the front and rear bumpers repainted in November. The results were fantastic.

Flash forward to warmer weather last week, and the chips are back in 2 of the original locations and worsening before my eyes (literally from morning to afternoon). The dealer and the body shop are standing behind it, so no issues there but Iím torn on the timing of the repair.

Should I:

A. Get it over with and address this now, but part with my Converible Z06 for up to a month?
B. Deal with it, enjoy the prime driving months (and see if anything else pops up) and get it fixed in November?

I realize these are first world problems, that do not impact drivability or convertible enjoyment of my Vette. Iím not a huge car show guy (but do enjoy detailing my car), but Iím sincerely torn.



That one seam seems VERY tight, body parts rubbing?
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:22 PM
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If they promise 2 weeks, get it done & move-on.
Hell it snowed yesterday (Sat).
There'll be plenty of driving days a lot more ideal than now.
I'd sure want mine looking good for those good days. YMMV
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:29 PM
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These seem like really, really, excessive times.
ďExcessiveĒ, how so? As I said, ďfirst world problemsĒ... but are you saying I should just live with it?

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That one seam seems VERY tight, body parts rubbing?
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Yes. Talked with the body shop and he says there is little or now adjustment there.

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If they promise 2 weeks, get it done & move-on.
Hell it snowed yesterday (Sat).
There'll be plenty of driving days a lot more ideal than now.
I'd sure want mine looking good for those good days. YMMV
Yeah, itís weird to be talking about ďprime convertible seasonĒ with 3Ē of fresh snow down from a fluke Spring storm. Itíll be gone by tomorrow and 70ís by Wednesday. Iíd roll with 2 weeks...itís the 4 weeks that gives pause.
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Get it adjusted after November. Enjoy the car. He said "little or no adjustment". Tell him OK. I'll take "little". That's all it will take to separate those panels properly. And believe me. They can be adjusted.
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There's a TSB for how to properly fix this issue. But of course most dealers won't do it right. The first time mine went in for the front bumper chipping it was there for a month! Two weeks later it chipped again. Second time it took 2 weeks. Then 3 days later it chipped again. Not sure what to do at this point.
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There's a TSB for how to properly fix this issue. But of course most dealers won't do it right. The first time mine went in for the front bumper chipping it was there for a month! Two weeks later it chipped again. Second time it took 2 weeks. Then 3 days later it chipped again. Not sure what to do at this point.
I guess use our touch up paint ?? We should't have to but?
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:12 PM
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I guess use our touch up paint ?? We should't have to but?
I have OCD tho 😁
And you're right, we shouldn't have to do that! I'm on the edge of giving up on this car.
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Here is a proper seam separation. Show it to the dealer next time you get it repaired. I don't know what the seams look like on their lot of C7s, but they should have a look at them for reference.
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A month is waaaaaay too long. A week max. I personally would get it fixed now, but if it doesn’t bother you that much, then wait. My concern would be it peeling again. Perhaps the dealership painter should try another technique, or order factory pre-painted panels; if they’re available. It seems like the paint problems have been somewhat mitigated by the new paint facility.
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Old 04-28-2019, 05:02 PM
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A month sounds like too long, but you can't realistically expect to be done sooner than they say.

I'd have fun this summer and get it fixed in later Fall. If you develop any more problems, or get some stone chips in the paint, you could have it all done at once.
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Originally Posted by joemessman View Post
Get it adjusted after November. Enjoy the car. He said "little or no adjustment". Tell him OK. I'll take "little". That's all it will take to separate those panels properly. And believe me. They can be adjusted.
Agree. I was a little surprised by this.

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There's a TSB for how to properly fix this issue. But of course most dealers won't do it right. The first time mine went in for the front bumper chipping it was there for a month! Two weeks later it chipped again. Second time it took 2 weeks. Then 3 days later it chipped again. Not sure what to do at this point.
They are aware of the TSB, and mentioned the process. Iím not convinced I wonít be in the same boat you are.

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Here is a proper seam separation. Show it to the dealer next time you get it repaired. I don't know what the seams look like on their lot of C7s, but they should have a look at them for reference.
Agree, though itís not a dealer body shop. This is a body shop near the dealer, recommended by the dealer..and yes, I am questioning having it fixed again by the same shop (other than the repair warranty is with them, so I may not have a choice).

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A month is waaaaaay too long. A week max. I personally would get it fixed now, but if it doesnít bother you that much, then wait. My concern would be it peeling again. Perhaps the dealership painter should try another technique, or order factory pre-painted panels; if theyíre available. It seems like the paint problems have been somewhat mitigated by the new paint facility.
Agree, a month is WAAAAY to long. Iíd be content with two. It bothers me ALOT, actually...and yes, it chipping again is a huge concern. I canít see the chip/buckled paint while driving but from the drivers side door it literally sticks straight up in the air. Not sexy. Itís not the dealer body shop but a 3rd party shop...I doubt a pre-painted piece would be available, and as I understand it mine was painted by he new shop.

i actually trust this shop. They do nice work, and I was REALLY happy with the process and results last Fall. When I brought this to his attention, he was dumbfounded and embarrassed. Not blowing it off at all. The chips are ONLY on the bumpers not the center body, which seems odd.
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Tough choice to make. I would probably lean towards getting it done in late fall when the driving weather is not the best, but I can understand if you would want it done so the car looks its best during the prime driving season. Whenever you get it done, I hope they can fix it to where it will not chip again.
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My 18 GS had a slight mishap and I had to get the rear fascia replaced and painted. In the shop for a week and half. Came back perfect.
A Month.............what are you kidding me?
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I'm getting mixed signals on if there is in fact a TSB for the paint chipping on these bumpers. Anyone know?
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I would have it done ASAP.But that’s how I do things.
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