I was overseas for a few weeks so it provided a great window of opportunity for my car to spend some more time in its second place of residence - the car dealer service department. It's what you might call a 'Frequent Parker'. This time it was the Brembo brake fix and the paint rectifications.
Anyhow, I've caved in to pressure from a bunch of members on here to post this bit of news on the latest "No-Lube" (TM) job done on AP and more sprecifically my much hated Pursuit ute.
The car has had poor colour matching on the hardcover, bumpers and a body mould since day one. Finally Ford gave the OK to rectify the problems so on the Wednesday before I left I fitted the hard cover, washed the car (because the hardcover was dusty) and the next day drove over to the dealer before flying out.
On my return I picked up the car and drove over to the vet to pick up my dead dog. I put him in the tray under the cover and drove home. Without going into details I had to remove the hard cover straight away and hose out the tray area. I put the hardcover in the garage storage as usual.
So, on the Sunday I wash the car again and whoa the paint goes all rough as sandpaper. I think damn I'll have to wax soon - maybe there's grunge all over it.
However, later in the week I had to wash the car after a trip and the paint is all rough all over the top surfaces and I notice rust coloured stains throughout the paint including the newly painted bars. There's rust spots on the door moulds, the windscreen moulds and even the wiper blades. I tried a buff on a section with no success. On closer inspection I discover the cause - grinder residue all over the car.
That's a bummer because where did I park the car to get this?
Then I think hang on, it's been in a body shop and it's on the newly painted bars. So, I drag the hardcover out and wash it and whoa it's got it too. That means the damage occurred while the hardtop was fitted and that could only have happened during the time I was away unless I followed someone grinding something on the road to and from the dealer eh? (0% chance I'd say).
So, my car's paint is totally stuffed. The damage won't buff out and even if it does how much clear coat will be left?
I'm having a paint assessment done by a well known paint guru in Sydney on his return from holidays. However, I'm guessing Pursuit 006 will be in for a full respray to fix this issue.
I'll ask the question again:
"How can this car be such a bad experience after the fantastic AU2 XR8 I had?"
Sorry, but all my thoughts are negative when I have to think about this car....
I've added some piocs showing the deposits of metal all over the car.
This shows metal grindings built up on the lower windscreen moulds and glass after I hosed the car:
The vent box under the bonnet and the inner guard edges all have metal built up.
Door opening and rubber moulds has large amounts of metal deposits
Side mirror mould also has metal embedded.
The windscreen wiper showing metal on the blades and the arm itself.