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Bubbling paintwork on door of 54 Grand Scenic


Giving the wife's car a wash today and discovered 3 small patches of lightly crinkled/blistered/bubbled paintwork (each about the size of a 5p or less). I couldn't find any visible damage to the paint where water may have got in.

Is it possible for a small chip to have caused this, or is it more likely to have come from inside the door panel?

Is this kind of corrosion covered on the warranty? We didn't buy the car from new - we got it in october and it was an ex-motobility model (it has only done 12k miles.) Does the warranty still stand?

If it's not covered, what is the best course of action to take?

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The warranty should still stand. Contact your local Renault dealer first, they should confirm the warranty and arrange for a paint inspection. When the paint inspector looks at the panel they will check the paint thickness. If they find the paint is thicker than expected from the factory then this means that the car has had damage repaired and unless you can prove it was by an approved Renault repairer, your warranty will be void. Secondly they will look at the patches under a microscope type thing. If they find the surface broken then they will most likely say that it was caused by a chip and you will not be covered.

Good luck with it and let us know how you get on.

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Did the bubbles appear in the paint after warm weather?

Sometimes when a car is sprayed any impurities in the paint work their way to the surface and manifest themselves as small bubbles. It can happen after the surface has been heated up in the sun. This is usually when either the prep work before painting was below par or when rubbish or contaminated paint was used.

I had a similar problem on a mondeo, the spolier came up in paint blisters. I subsequently identified that the spoiler was aftermarket and had been poorly sprayed. The dealer I bought it from didn't want to know. I ended up stripping and painting it again but the finish was never the same.

Best advice would be to take it to a bodyshop and ask them for a report. It may cost you a few quid but it's extra ammunition when you go to complain to the dealer.
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