Same here! Trying some 225/45/18 Nokian Hakka 9 this year since the pilot alpin were done after three winters.Put on the snows...
It’s the anti-rust grease stuff the bodyshop at my Ford dealer used after repainting the rear quarter panels where they mate to the bumper joint.^^^ Is that oil coating between the fender joints?
Hey Barroux, im getting my rear quarters, hatch, front fenders, and mesh grilles resprayed next week at Chartrand’s in house bodyshop. Hope it gets done properly..It’s the anti-rust grease stuff the bodyshop at my Ford dealer used after repainting the rear quarter panels where they mate to the bumper joint.
The paint peeled pretty bad there, the first bodyshop did a bad job that lasted about 8 months, second bodyshop was in the same building as another Ford dealer and knew how to take care of it (we’ll see how it holds this winter...still not 100% convinced it will last). They enlarged the gap by sanding down the edge of the bumper cover I believe and stuffed grease behind the joint before re-assembly.
It’s looking that bad mainly cause I didnt wash my car in a long time! I also have it treated with Krown each year which also seems to seep out when I havent washed it in a while.
I’m really hoping all that plus the added protection by the euro guard and the edge trim will prevent paint peeling from re-occuring!
Thanks a lot. The tailgate paint lifted on the edge where it meets the taillight. Everyone said someone hit it, but I got it back from the dealer with the paint lifting but still on. It eventually fell off. My warranty is about to end, and I don’t drive it in the winter. Also, they are doing one fender I believe, because we couldn’t see paint lifting on the other (hope it isn’t at all).Good luck @Overspooled! Hope everything comes out nice and lasts through at least a few years! What was wrong with the tailgate? Didnt have an issue with mine yet! Ford changed all my grilles, they wont last more than one winter in our climate without pitting and severely rusting, I learned to live with it and accepted the fact they wont last!
These guys know the Focus that’s for sure and have seen this issue over the last 5-6 years on this platform! The mistake I made the first time is I insisted to have my car done at a recommended bodyshop that had never seen a Focus with this issue. I’m lucky Ford covered it twice under warranty...although now my 3years warranty is over and the extended warranty does not cover paint. My front fender started doing the same at the bumper joint on the driver side, will have to keep an eye on that!