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Does anyone else have this problem? My maroon 2006 ridgeline"s paint scratches and chips on a weekly basis. First my daughters back pack hit it on day 2.That left a 5" scratch. My wifes car door hit my truck. Did nothing to her car but removed a chunk of paint from my door. The paint seems to not be able to withstand even the slightest touch of any object.I have a total of 7 paint dings and 3 scratches in less then 4 months.I like this truck but at this rate it will not look new in a year, and Im wishing I had never purchased a new vehicle,then I would not see new injuries wich happen on a weekly basis.Im to the point Im a afraid to wash it as to what else I will find wrong. :(
 

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Nope, this is every car, not just the ridgeline.
The reason nothing happened to your wife's car is because the edgeo f the door hit your car, try hitting her car, it'll chip too.

This waterbased eco friendly paint is just not as strong as it used to be.
 

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You could try thinking like me...Each chip and scratch adds "character" to my truck! Either that or cry... :D
 

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I bought a Silver RL because it (and the white) were the ony colors available that hide minor scratches well. I drive off road a lot through brush and weeds and so far the "scratches" have not been noticable. Dark colors, while pretty when clean, will always show dents and scratches more noticably.
 

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Paint scratches are inevitable. I had 2 very small paint blemishes when I picked up my Ridgeline. I insisted that the dealer fix the problem. Had to leave the truck at the dealership twice and they finally got the blemishes fixed. 2 days later I was admiring the paint job and I noticed a scratch on the passenger door that was obviously caused by someones car door. So I have now stopped parking in the far corner of the parking lot to avoid my Ridge being scratched.
 

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Acutally the paint on the Ridgeline is anything but cheap. I bit the bullet and bought the manuals for the entire truck about $75 and then also the body manual. Most of the paint has a special base and a 3 coat baked on finish.

I have had mine for 3 months, over 6,000 miles and don't have any scratches or chips OTHER THAN THE HAIL DAMAGE.

I bought the black edge guards at Walmart and they fit really nice and tight for the door edges so if I open my door into someone or something else, it won't chip my door edges.

I haven't sprung yet for the expensive Honda brand moldings (have just been v-e-r-y careful and damned lucky I think) but the Honda moldings would prevent someone else knocking their doors into your truck.

As far as your own kids or family, I guess just be careful and hope you are a lucky person. :eek:
 

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shamguess said:
I bought a Silver RL because it (and the white) were the ony colors available that hide minor scratches well. I drive off road a lot through brush and weeds and so far the "scratches" have not been noticable. Dark colors, while pretty when clean, will always show dents and scratches more noticably.
Silver may hide scratches a bit but I think it shows dings big time. The metallic silver really makes the body lines "pop" on the RL. The same thing happens with a ding. My Civic Si was Satin silver metallic and the dings drove me nuts. You could see the shadow effect the dings caused from a mile away.

That said the silver does look good :)
 

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So, what ARE the best ways to protect your paint?...

door trim pieces?

the body mouldings?

fender flares?...

move to Montana?.. :D
 

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Halabar said:
So, what ARE the best ways to protect your paint?...

door trim pieces?

the body mouldings?

fender flares?...

move to Montana?.. :D
A big mean dog chained to your RL while you're at work. :)
 

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rtboy1961 said:
Does anyone else have this problem? My maroon 2006 ridgeline"s paint scratches and chips on a weekly basis. First my daughters back pack hit it on day 2.That left a 5" scratch. My wifes car door hit my truck. Did nothing to her car but removed a chunk of paint from my door. The paint seems to not be able to withstand even the slightest touch of any object.I have a total of 7 paint dings and 3 scratches in less then 4 months.I like this truck but at this rate it will not look new in a year, and Im wishing I had never purchased a new vehicle,then I would not see new injuries wich happen on a weekly basis.Im to the point Im a afraid to wash it as to what else I will find wrong. :(
I didn't want to go here on this forum, but hopefully this will make you feel better about your chips. This page was intended as a public service for anyone considering purchasing an 05 Tacoma, a truck with many documented cases of paint issues (I was one). Toyota corporate is denying this obvious manufacturing defect. Welcome to my pain! I post this on forums like Edmunds in the Toyota area to inform.
 

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Many chips myself, what is the best way to apply the
little bottle of touch up paint so it blends in unoticeably?
 

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Many chips myself, what is the best way to apply the
little bottle of touch up paint so it blends in unoticeably?
Get your wife or girlfriend to do it. Heck, if they can paint their nails, they can do touch up paint. :)
 

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Many chips myself, what is the best way to apply the
little bottle of touch up paint so it blends in unoticeably?
I recommend you get the Chip Mender from H&A before you start touching up with the brush. If you do have to use the brush touch up, the trick is to do several layers (three to four) very light touches. Squeeze out most of the paint from the brush before you apply a very, very thin layer! Let dry for a few minutes between coats. :cool:
 

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I guess Im not the only one experiencing paint chips and dings. I suppose I will just cry evry time I see one. Alltho, I do have the neighborhood kids afraid to come near my driveway. :) If it gets to bad I will just park my ridgeline in the roundpen and ride my horse to work.
 

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Idiot that I am, I had been washing my front window by getting leaning on the fender and reaching. Well, I had my cell phone on and after about four times of doing this...yep, scratches, right where the window, driver's door and hood area meet. I hadn't noticed till I went to wax the truck and yikes! Anyway, just today, I had this guy that my dealer recommended wetsand and polish the area. The good thing, it looks great, but it did cost $100.00. I have lived again and have learned. :)
 

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I also believe the paint chips too easily off this truck. Two chips off door edge almost immediately after truck delivered. I dont want to put retired person trim on door edges yet, I have a couple of years left on my dignity.
 
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You could try thinking like me...Each chip and scratch adds "character" to my truck! Either that or cry... :D
I think this way AND I cry!! :rolleyes:
 

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Cheap Paint? Doubt it!

I am not sure if vehicles manufactured in Canada use a “soft” or “rigid” clear coat. I suspect from the description of problems reported that the Ridgeline has a “rigid” clear coat.



In the U.S. there are 3 major paint suppliers to the automakers … PPG (#1), DuPont (#2), and BASF (a distant third). Both PPG and DuPont have focused on creating super-hard clear coats. These “rigid” clears are more resistant to chemical etching which makes them less susceptible to acid rain spots and owner induced swirls from washing and drying improperly. The disadvantage of “rigid”clears is their susceptibility to chipping when struck by stones or road debris.



German clear coats are “soft”. German paints use a high V.O.C. (volatile organic compounds) “solvent package” (mix of base solvents) that can not be used in the U.S. due to EPA regulations. German automakers settled on a less rigid, or more elastic, clear coat. Presently, German clear coats are less likely to chip when impacted by road debris but are more susceptible to swirls if treated improperly. In the near future, “soft” German clear coats may be a thing of the past. Some German manufacturers have begun switching to new, super-hard, nano ceramic clear coats that are extremely resistant to scratching and spotting.



Domestic paint suppliers PPG and DuPont have announced they are increasing the solids content of their clear coats but are not using ceramic technology yet. This is an attempt to increase the hardness of domestic clear coats while still allowing body shops to use conventional polishes for accident repairs.



Paint Specialists indicate that after the paint is cured, the choice of what wax or sealant to use is an aesthetic or ease-of-application decision. Paint Specialists seem to recommend that one-step, cleaner/waxes should use a solvent cleaner and not an abrasive particle cleaner.
 

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Paint and Dent Protection

Here are some suggestions IMHO. I've never cared for all of the add-on bumpers and moldings. No right or wrong here, but to me it is kind of like putting towels in the rear deck of a sedan to avoid fading.

1) Wash weekly and apply a quality polymer wax every six months. Hand wax and avoid electric buffers.
2) I prefer using a sprayer at the carwash to avoid scratching the paint. If you hand wash with a sponge, make sure it is clean, you change out the water regularly and you use a soap made for washing cars. Another alternative is Murphy's Oil Soap. Also, never wash in direct sunlight.
3) Never use dishwashing liquid as it contains a degreasing agent that will ruin your paint over time.
4) From my experience do not use full service car washes to avoid scratches and damage.
5) If you get a scratch, check to see if it is down to the primer. If not, use a non-abrasive paint cleaner. Mother's and Mequires both make good ones.
6) If you need to touch up the paint, use a toothpick instead of the brush. Apply a small amount to the chip or scratch and let it dry. Repeat several times until the chip or scratch is filled.
7) Find a good paintless dent repair place in the event of a door ding. I've used one for about 10 years and the results are very good.
 

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I'm glad i'm not the only Wally World shopper here! I "splurged" for the door edge guards for black RTL. As stated, they fit great and really work. They actually look good on the truck, but thats black on black. The guards only come in black and a cheap chrome-esque finish. But, at $2.69 a pair, not much to lose! :)
Thanks Ridgeman! :D
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2006 RTL, Nighthawk, sunroof, tint windows, hood guard, rear tray, trunk divider
 
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