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I have a 2019 Mazda 3 sedan bought it brand new in April, Soul Chrystal Red. I have over 20 chips on the hood, took it into dealer and was told to buy a pen, It's supposed to have 7 layers of Paint. I call BS on that. Chips are right to the metal love the car, hate the paint issues
 

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Its a Mazda, its got delicate paint. This problem hardly new or unknown. Most who worry about paint chips get a paint protection film applied when the car is new.
Soul Red Crystal is a 3 stage paint. The first stage is a layer of spectral grey metal flake that contains both light blocking and reflective flakes applied in a manner so they are all oriented in the same plane. Next is a translucent layer of high color content tinted clear coat, then the clearcoat.
 

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The red paint is prone to chips. I had hoped they would have fixed the issue by the 2019 model year, but apparently not. The next problem will be the difficulty matching any touch-up to the rest of the car. Let us know how it looks when you try it.

Some on other forums have been successful at getting Mazda to pay for a repaint.

I have 7500 miles and 3 months on my Black 2019 and had 100,000 miles and 4 months on a dark blue 2015 with few chips.
 

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The red paint is prone to chips. I had hoped they would have fixed the issue by the 2019 model year, but apparently not. The next problem will be the difficulty matching any touch-up to the rest of the car. Let us know how it looks when you try it.
It not just the red paint. Its pretty much all the premium colors. There is no "fix" as there is no actual problem with the paint. The paint process is what it is and Mazda isn't likely to change it anytime soon.
 

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Well this is concerning. How far would you go in recommending getting some sort of protective layer for a 2019 red mazda 3? It's a lease, so I guess it depends on whether or not the dealer will ding me for any chips when I return the car.

How likely is the dealer to consider it a factory defect and fix it under warranty when the inevitable happens?
 

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Soul Crystal Red paint code 46V right? It's on their site.
You are right if I put the year down as 2019. Everything comes up. For 2020, not so much.
But, Soul Red is Soul Red, if I need the kit, its all the same. Thanks.
I know it is not an "if", but a "when". So far, not one chip on my paint as yet, fingers crossed.
 

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Has anyone debadged ugly dealer badges with this color paint yet? There's an obnoxious white badge the dealer puts on all their cars and I really want to remove it but I'm concerned about how thin this paint is.

Heat gun and credit card? Maybe ask a professional?
 

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Has anyone debadged ugly dealer badges with this color paint yet? There's an obnoxious white badge the dealer puts on all their cars and I really want to remove it but I'm concerned about how thin this paint is.

Heat gun and credit card? Maybe ask a professional?
I would ask the dealer if you have any concerns about doing it. In my state they have to remove it if asked since they did not pay for the advertising.

I took mine off on a hot day without extra heat. It left a lot of glue that I rubbed of with the area soaped up.
 

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I started picking up my first chips within a week of buying the car. I bought one of those chip fixing touch up kits, but couldn't reproduce the same results you see on youtube. Also, I notice more chips almost every day. After six months, there were easily 50 plus on the hood and dozens in the front quarter panels and a-beams. I took it into the dealer and they thought it was excessive and asked me to take it over to the body shop for their opinion. They looked it over and found even more chips everywhere including some on the roof. Long story short, my dealership contacted the company and got Mazda to pay for having the car repainted. I just got it back and it looks great. They say their paint/clearcoat is thicker than factory and I shouldn't see the same issue. I'm not going to take a chance; will be having the whole front end wrapped after the paint cures. That color is just too darn pretty to have chips in it!
 

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I started picking up my first chips within a week of buying the car. I bought one of those chip fixing touch up kits, but couldn't reproduce the same results you see on youtube. Also, I notice more chips almost every day. After six months, there were easily 50 plus on the hood and dozens in the front quarter panels and a-beams. I took it into the dealer and they thought it was excessive and asked me to take it over to the body shop for their opinion. They looked it over and found even more chips everywhere including some on the roof. Long story short, my dealership contacted the company and got Mazda to pay for having the car repainted. I just got it back and it looks great. They say their paint/clearcoat is thicker than factory and I shouldn't see the same issue. I'm not going to take a chance; will be having the whole front end wrapped after the paint cures. That color is just too darn pretty to have chips in it!
Good job getting the dealer and Mazda to take care of you. It should happen every time but it doesn’t.
 

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I started picking up my first chips within a week of buying the car. I bought one of those chip fixing touch up kits, but couldn't reproduce the same results you see on youtube. Also, I notice more chips almost every day. After six months, there were easily 50 plus on the hood and dozens in the front quarter panels and a-beams. I took it into the dealer and they thought it was excessive and asked me to take it over to the body shop for their opinion. They looked it over and found even more chips everywhere including some on the roof. Long story short, my dealership contacted the company and got Mazda to pay for having the car repainted. I just got it back and it looks great. They say their paint/clearcoat is thicker than factory and I shouldn't see the same issue. I'm not going to take a chance; will be having the whole front end wrapped after the paint cures. That color is just too darn pretty to have chips in it!
Wow, amazing you got the dealer to go through with that. Im about 6 months into ownership, i have countless paint chips and a extremely small chip on the headlight. Surprisingly that has not escalated to a complete replacement yet.
 
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