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MG MGF Technical - Chipping around air intakes

Hi

has anyone noticed excessive chipping on the paint around the side intakes?

I have a real big problem with it an my 24k-covered F.

it isn't the original paint job, so I'm wondering if a factory painted F has some sort of extra coating or pre-spraying barrier around this area. The paint used was high quality so I don't think it was because of scrimping there.

Or do I just drive on crap roads too much? Of my 20k last year only about 5% would've been on dual-carriageway/m-way type roads.

Chipped of Stamford.
Julian

I'm pretty sure there is nothing special about the rover paint job, judging by its general chip performance.
Matt

Yes Julian, on my F, there are stone chips in the paint around the side air intakes. (It's the original charcoal black paint ...). Maybe mudflaps help preventing stone chips in these areas, but I find them not esthetic, just my opinion.
Fabrice
Fabrice

Yes, I have plenty of bonnet and wing chips too, but around the intakes it really is excessive. The annoying thing is that it will have to be addressed (i.e. resprayed) otherwise it'll rust and that will mean the whole rear panels being done = .

i've even got a damn windscreen chip now. tiny and unobtrusive as it is - you always notice them, don't you?

Julian

Fabrice

I have front mudflaps but they haven't done any good, and I don't suppose rears would have made a difference being right the way back there.

i'll try cling film...
Julian

Hi,

The front mudflaps at least protect the very exposed front of the sills which are just inches from the tyres (how's your paintwork surviving there, Fabrice?). I don't know how much they protect the air intakes, but mine are chipped too at 12k. It looks like the ideal place for a strip of Armourfend, after some careful touching up. I also have a couple of small stone chips on the windscreen, it's as soft as the paint. That is heartbreaking as it can't be touched up and I fear that replacing it will be worse than living with it, which is what I'll have to do.

Regards, Kes.
Kes

Kes, my paintwork isn't in mint condition in that place too. But charcoal black is a very good colour for "damages hiding" ; it suits well also my lazyness re. cleaning and polishing :)
Fabrice
Fabrice

Kes

I have a replacement screen, and as long as they don't get glass everywhere (i suspect they'd get it out ok) its fine. Cost me 130 just over a year ago.

saying that, the rear view mirror fell off when I adjusted it last week! needs more glue now. something else to add to the list...

the Armourfend sounds like a good idea, I wish i'd known before. Is it available in small quantities?
Julian

On my BRG VVC I found black car polish the best for hiding chips ...

Gaz (its bloody freezing out here ... I only packed shorts !!)
Gaz

Hi,

I believe that you can buy Armourfend in relatively small sheets and cut it to size. The door sills could do with a long thin strip where one kicks the things (why do 'kick strips' fit on the top of the sills where nobody kicks them and not on the outer edge, where everybody kicks them?), and the headlamps could do with a layer of the thicker glass protection stuff.

It's the sort of thing I should have done two years ago, before I had small but visible chips on the air intakes, sills and headlamps!

Regards, Kes.
Kes

Thanks Kes

Yes I forgot about my headlamp. I have a chip too - well sort of, its cracked half way across now!

I wondered what people meant when they suggested having the F chipped, but now I have I don't like it!

Julian

This thread was discussed between 09/10/2000 and 11/10/2000

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