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Gave the car a thorough cleaning today and noticed the paint in thin under the handle area of the hatch and a tad bit around the hatch window edge to where you can see the primer showing through. Has anyone else notice this? Could only snap one side since I had to hold the hatch at the right angle for the camera to capture it but this goes all the way across under the trim where the hatch release is. ST Hatch primer showing.jpg
 

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I haven't noticed that or heard of it yet, but I have heard of the are under the wing not being painted fully.
 

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Mines the same way, plus a few other paint imperfections. Welcome to the ****ty focus paint life lol
Ha ha! Have a few other minor imperfections as well and I understand most new vehicles don't have the greatest of paint anymore, except a high end product, but this just seems amateur to me, like how do you miss that? You had one job...lol! Figure I'll just live with it for now although I should complain until Ford repaints the whole car.
 

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My brother in law owns a body shop. He has an account with a couple big Name car dealers. Ill tell you something, alot of the american cars have alot of big imperfections. The japs have them too just not as much. Ive seen what dealers do to new cars and it makes me look really good when buying a car

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Mines the same way, plus a few other paint imperfections. Welcome to the ****ty focus paint life lol
Ha ha! Have a few other minor imperfections as well and I understand most new vehicles don't have the greatest of paint anymore, except a high end product, but this just seems amateur to me, like how do you miss that? You had one job...lol! Figure I'll just live with it for now although I should complain until Ford repaints the whole car.
It's painted by a machine so I wouldn't expect anything else. I thought about getting my paint imperfections fixed but the chances of the paint matching aren't very high and I would rather just deal with it.
 

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I noticed the same thing, thin paint coverage on the body below the rear window glass. Ford isn't the only one with crappy paint. There's a Camry commercial running now and they show the trunk lid and it has orange peel paint. Pitiful.
 

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Under the lip where my license plate lights are... BARELY any paint. My car is white, and I can see the primed metal. It's as if the painter just walked past the car with a gun. Is that something ford would fix?


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Under the lip where my license plate lights are... BARELY any paint. My car is white, and I can see the primed metal. It's as if the painter just walked past the car with a gun. Is that something ford would fix?


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Ford may fix it; someone may have watched the car go by with thin paint, but it was painted by a robot and robots just don't care.
 

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Under the lip where my license plate lights are... BARELY any paint. My car is white, and I can see the primed metal. It's as if the painter just walked past the car with a gun. Is that something ford would fix?
Yep, that's the same area where the paint is thin on mine. They should correct but then you take the chance of them screwing something else up. Paint not matching or some other equivalent, that's why I may just live with it. It's not noticeable unless it's in direct sunlight.


Ford may fix it; someone may have watched the car go by with thin paint, but it was painted by a robot and robots just don't care.
Assumed it was an automated process, they obviously need to reprogram since it seems to be a wide spread issue. Guess there's no quality checks at Ford.
 

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Yep, that's the same area where the paint is thin on mine. They should correct but then you take the chance of them screwing something else up. Paint not matching or some other equivalent, that's why I may just live with it. It's not noticeable unless it's in direct sunlight.




Assumed it was an automated process, they obviously need to reprogram since it seems to be a wide spread issue. Guess there's no quality checks at Ford.
It's pretty much all manufacturers anymore; they are all taking the human element out of the production process as much as possible. If they were to get robots to do Q.C. things may improve.
 
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I just detailed and polished my Race Red ST this morning. I don't see any thinness in this area, just a hint of orange peel, but no big deal in that area considering how it is positioned. Frankly, I think the paint on my car is pretty damn good; glossy finish, no bubbles or orange peel on the sheet metal or front or rear bumpers. It sits next to my Lexus IS350 in the garage and I was comparing the panel fitments between the two today and they have about the same gaps and alignment. I really can't complain about the body on my ST, it was built on a Wednesday so I don't know if I'm just lucky with a vehicle where people were paying attention mid-week or just luck of the draw. Or maybe a solid finish is easier to obtain vs. a metallic finish. For a car in this price range I can't gripe.

I laugh when people say there doesn't seem to be any QC at Ford these days. Most of the guys here are too young too remember the junk the Big 3 were turning out in the 70's and 80's. You think there are quality issues today, you have no idea how the quality today is exponentially better than the dreck Ford was turning out back then. My '76 Mustang was a complete disaster.....the lousiest paint job I've ever seen on any car and it was nothing fancy, just a solid white. And misaligned carpets and an a/c drain that always wanted to dump itself on the passenger side carpet, and on and on it went. It swore me off Ford, and American branded cars, until 2015. Even our lowly ST's are amazing pieces of equipment, mechanically, electrically and certainly in the reliability areas compared to the past. Keep it all in perspective, these cars are very well engineered and pretty well screwed together.
 
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