Paint chipping off all over the hood and bumpers

I have lost a lot of paint from my 2008 Chevrolet Impala in the 65,000 miles that I have driven it. I am not happy with that at all! All those chips and dings make this car look way older than it is. I'm sure the value has taken a hit. What will prevent the car from getting more chips taken out of the paint? I am desperate at this point!
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The paint on your car is a multiple layer paint process that starts with bare metal cleaning and prep then a primer coat. The primer coat is suppose to stick well to bare metal and also allow the color coat to stick good to it. After the primer, a color coat is applied, then a clear coat is applied to protect the color coat. The clear coat will wear down over time exposing the color coat in areas most prone to wear such as the front of hood or top of hood and above windshield. Once the clear coat is gone then the rain, dirt and other harsh things the environment dishes out, damages the color coat and gets under the remaining clear coat, causing it to separate from the color coat in the form of chips and fading or discolorations. The only fix is to have a paint shop repair the areas and repaint as needed.

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Car paint peeling, AKA de-lamination, happens when one of the underlying layers stops sticking to the surface under it and comes undone. When this occurs, large and small flakes of paint can peel off the vehicle. Scratches and dings can also cause the paint underneath it to peel.
UV rays, age, and road debris all take their toll, eventually leading to a fading or clear coat peeling. This makes your vehicle look gross (like a peeling sunburn), but paint shops will want to strip it all and repaint it, which takes weeks and costs thousands of dollars.
Peeling paint is most commonly created when water gets under the paint. Therefore, the most common areas for peeling paint to occur are in the wet areas of a house or building e.g. bathroom, laundry or kitchen. However, there may be other issues with the premises such as excess humidity or a leaky roof.
Paint chips, sometimes called rock chips, are unfortunately fairly common. These small chips in your car`s or truck`s paint start off small and innocent enough. But if left as is, they can cause serious and costly damage to your vehicle.
It Happens to Everyone. Normal driving conditions will eventually result in chips and scratches in your car`s paint, and the most commonly damaged areas are the front bumper and hood. If you`re not sure how to fix those pesky car paint chips in your hood, you`ve come to the right place.
Small paint chips can be repaired with touch up paint or a paint chip repair kit. However, the quality of the repair may be questionable. DIY repairs may not be as lasting, resulting in having to do the job over again.
Using a scraper or 100-grit sandpaper, remove any loose, cracked, or peeling paint from the damaged area. Remove any dust or debris from the area with a water-dampened rag. Using a putty knife, apply a thin layer of patching material to the damaged area. Allow it to dry.
More From Popular Mechanics. In theory, you could then respray just the clear coat. In reality, the pigment layer will be sanded through to the primer in a lot of places. So, the color coat will have to be resprayed as well.
Peeling paint is mostly considered normal wear and tear.

For example, if you`ve caused peeling paint in every room by having a humidifier for your houseplants, you may need to fix it before you move out.

But, if you have peeling or flaking paint, you`re at risk for water damage or damage to the substrate beneath that require professional attention. Depending on how deep the damage goes within your walls, it will cost more and more to replace it, so it`s important to call in a professional immediately.
Paint chips can be heart breaking – especially the first to occur to your new car, or new paint job. Not only are they unsightly, but if the chip exposes a metal surface, rust can begin to form.
It peels and chips when the surface wasn`t properly prepared. Here are common reasons why paint is chipping and peeling: Dirty or oily wall – The paint stuck to the grime, not the wall. No priming – The paint had no built-in primer and was applied directly to the drywall.
Minor issues can usually be repaired, but more serious damage could require a new replacement bumper. The choice between bumper repair or replacement will come down to the extent of the damage. Typically minor scratches, dents and chips can be easily repaired using specialized tools found in an auto body shop.
If left unrepaired, paint chips can eventually lead to rust, which further degrades the appearance of the car and can threaten its structural integrity. Auto exterior paint provides an important first line of defense against rust, which can cause significant damage to the body of your car.
Small chips should be free of rust and smaller than a dime. Flaking paint requires the removal of the loose paint, which will make it larger than a “small chip” for repair purposes.
Moderate Damages: $150 to $400

The larger the paint chips, the more the cost. If you have moderate damage that takes more paint to cover and labor to get the job done, you`re looking at a charge up to $400.

When peeling or chipping paint is found in a small area, you may be able to simply brush off the peeling paint and then prime the wall and paint over it. As long as the remaining edges of the peeling area are stable, this solution will work.
You can use a primer to thoroughly cover the old color, then apply 1 or 2 coats of the new paint. Paint & primer in one paints are a newer option, which could be ideal for your situation and even shorten the project.
The only way to fix this is to have the area sanded down and resprayed, either at a body shop or by a mobile spray paint service. This can be quite expensive, especially if the damage is all over.
Peeling Paint

It`s not an uncommon problem to encounter paint that will begin peeling again shortly after you`ve thoroughly scraped the loose edges. And in the past this often meant having to strip some or all of the coatings down to bare wood. Well, an alternative to this drastic action is using a binding primer.

Zinsser Peel Stop is a clear, flexible, binding primer designed for problem interior / exterior painted surfaces that exhibit chalking, alligatoring, cracking, flaking, and peeling. Even after painted surfaces have been scraped and sanded, tiny cracks and gaps remain under the edges of old paint.
After the hardener is activated in the spray can (this is done by pushing the red button at the bottom of the spray can), the shelf life of the clear coat is approx. 48 hours provided it is refrigerated.
Spray-on clear coats are not shiny firsthand. They are not glossy and hence make the paint look dull and flat. However, you can get it to shine. Sand it with low grit sandpaper that can be used both wet and dry.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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Paint chipping all over, can I protect the paint?
ANSWER : The problems you are having with your paint on your CRV is not isolated to just your vehicle. There are other owners with less mileage on their CRV vehicles that are having similar issues. The paint used on automobiles is put on in multiple layers. First the metal is cleaned and then a rust preventive coating is applied. The next level is primer paint, which differs depending on the material it’s meant for. The primer is a special paint that is supposed to have a high adhesion to the material it covers and provide a good adhesion to the next color coat of paint. Finally the coat of your chosen color is covered in a clear coat to protect the color finish. The clear coat is subject to the outside elements and is there to protect the color coat. Even with proper maintenance of the top clear coat, it does wear, and once compromised, will need to be repaired promptly to avoid damage to the color coat. Now if any of the layers of paint are not applied correctly, through use of defective paint or not prepping before next coat was applied, it can cause premature failure.

My car paint has a plastic like shield on it and the plastic on top of the paint is peeling off. The paint isn’t peeling!
ANSWER : Hi There,
What you have peeling off is the clear coat. This is a clear coat of lacquer that is applied on all cars after they are painted. This is an additional coat that is added to give the the paint job both a shine and a protective layer. Over time, depending on the quality and the age of the paint job, this may peel off as you have noticed. Unfortunately, the only way to correct this is to have the car repainted. I would suggest visiting your local body shop to obtain a quote on having the clear coat reapplied.

A lot of paint is chipping off my car
ANSWER : There are many reported problems with the paint on certain Toyota models. Most of the time the dealership will claim it is due to environmental issues, and Toyota not issued any recalls or Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) to address this. The problems can start as small chips and progressively get worse with time. Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do other than having the vehicle repainted. Some minor advice is to avoid commercial car washes and wash your vehicle by hand using nonabrasive cleaners. You should also avoid parking your vehicle under any type of tree as sap and bark debris can damage paint. Try to rinse your vehicle off after a good rain storm, since depending on where you live rain can be very acidic or carry a high concentration of salt, in coastal areas, and can contribute to paint problems. Feel free to take your VIN number to a dealership so they can provide you with a list of all TSB’s and recalls related to your vehicle.

Paint chipping off all over the hood and bumpers
ANSWER : The paint on your car is a multiple layer paint process that starts with bare metal cleaning and prep then a primer coat. The primer coat is suppose to stick well to bare metal and also allow the color coat to stick good to it. After the primer, a color coat is applied, then a clear coat is applied to protect the color coat. The clear coat will wear down over time exposing the color coat in areas most prone to wear such as the front of hood or top of hood and above windshield. Once the clear coat is gone then the rain, dirt and other harsh things the environment dishes out, damages the color coat and gets under the remaining clear coat, causing it to separate from the color coat in the form of chips and fading or discolorations. The only fix is to have a paint shop repair the areas and repaint as needed.

Problem with chipping paint, big chips in front
ANSWER : I have talked to some of my professional colleagues with painting experience and they have told me this paint chipping problem is not uncommon. I own one myself that is doing the same thing as your car. I have thoroughly investigated this problem and Toyota has been no help in fixing it, and seems to only say it is caused by bugs or bird droppings. I have came to the conclusion that the problem is from a defective paint product having adherence issues, or improper prep before painting. I have not decided to repaint the front of my car yet due to the costs involved. The permanent fix according to my local independent paint shop and my professional colleagues is to strip the paint to a bare surface, and completely re-prime and re-paint. I have since got a front car bra cover for the bumper and hood instead of going for a complete repaint of car. The front bra covers almost all of the damaged areas on my car, and the appearance is acceptable.

hood latch locked before could. Lose hood and now hood is jammed and can’t get it unjammed
ANSWER : Hi there:

If the hood was having a problem closing and won’t open now, it’s typically an indicator that the hood latch itself is damaged or simply needs to be lubricated. The best way to have this issue repaired or diagnosed is to contact a professional mechanic and have them complete a door will not open inspection. This will allow them to determine why the front hood on your 96 Ford Explorer is locked and recommend the right repairs.

Is there a way to stop all of my paint from chipping off?
ANSWER : There have been many owners of all different car lines and manufactures with this same complaint of paint chipping and peeling conditions. I have not found anything specific to your manufacturer for a fix to your chipping issue. My suggestion would be to consult a body paint specialist in your area to check your paint chipping problem. I would suspect you have a problem with the outer paint coat not binding to the primer coat and can be due to the manufacturers improper prep of the primer before top coat or the primer and top coat paints are incompatible with each other. Complete stripping of all the paint in affected areas and repaint them completely would be needed to permanently fix the chipping issue. Another alternative would be for you to have each chip touched up. This will not look that good and would only be a temporary fix to the problem and keep surface rust from forming on bare metal surfaces. If a front car cover is available for your car, you could get the touch up done and put this on and it would cover areas of damage and would be less costly than a complete repaint.

Paint is chipping badly, what can I do?
ANSWER : Honda is aware of paint issues on certain models and is offering to repair at least some of them, extending the paint warranty to seven years from the original purchase date with no mileage limit. Honda has released a couple of bulletins regarding this matter. The extended warranty on repainting applies to only some body panels, in some cases only to vehicles originally sold in 25 northern states, and in other cases only to certain colors. Honda has sent out notification letters to affected owners which not all owners have received. What is covered vs what is not covered is very specific. Take Civics for instance – bulletin number 12-049 covers just the hood and top of the front fenders on 2006 to 2010 models that came in one of nine specified colors (four shades of blue, two shades of black, and three in gray or silver), and 2011 Civics of any color. Another bulletin, 13-060, covers the roof and trunk of the same cars in any of the nine colors. Finally, bulletin 13-004 applies to just the trunk lid of 2009 to 2011 Civics sold in 25 northern states, excluding the Pacific Northwest. You should grab your VIN number and give Honda of North America a call and see if you covered.