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Hello all,<P>Just wondering if anyone has had or noticed how delicate the paint on the V40 is? I have had numours problems and have had my dealer paint whole panels to fix the problem. <P>Everyday i find a new sratch and all it does is sit in the garage some days! <P>Just my concern!
 

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Several things could be at play here<P>Paint on a new car is not very strong. The owner's manual says that it stays quite soft for 6 months after manufacturering. <P>During those 6 months, make sure that you don't use polish or any other abrasive-type cleaner.<P>Automatic car washes can be hard on a car, especially a car with soft paint. Avoid them if you can, wash by hand.<P>The "do-it-yourself" wash bays are better, but do not spray directly at your car and don't use the brush. again, the brush carries debris from the last person cleaning off who knows what.<P>Don't use car covers ... car covers put direct pressure on debris sitting on paint<P>Don't follow cars too closely, especially on rural or mountain roads. everything their tires kicks up hits your car.<P>You may want to consider a clear bra. a partial or full clear bra looks quite good, it's very difficult to see it. It's also very expensive, the clearbra for the hood and front fenders runs something like $900 and you have to pay for the installer's travel expenses. I would get one but I think that the prices are too high. I haven't looked into the other brands like StonGuard or Xpel either.<P>It could be that the paint is just soft. My Audi's paint is very, very soft. To complicate matters even more, I had a black Audi A4 with a grey primer, so every single scratch shows up.<P><BR>
 

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Guess i will just need to wait and see! Hopefully it will get harder or else im going to start going crazy!<P>Mitch<P>
 

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Wow, it's not just me then. If the paint is soft for 6 months then Volvo's paint is still too delicate. When my V40 was 1 year old, I washed it with a soft car wash brush brush and the same day I washed my 1 month old VW. Now the Volvo has scratches everywhere and the VW is mint. In addition the Volvo does scratch very, very easily. At least my metallic blue does.<P>
 

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Volvo paint didn't use to be soft (my 740 had the origianl paint when I got it in 97 and it still looked good). But maybe the environmentally freindly paint isn't quite as hard as it should (or used to) be
 

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i'll have to chime in on this one; i agree, compared to the German, Japanese, and American cars we've had in the family, and even the *other* Swedish cars, the paint on my S40 is ridiculously soft,... i've never washed it any way except for by hand, and didn't even do that for almost 2 months because it rained most of the whole first month that i had it,... if you don't have a perfectly conditioned and clean chamois, you can watch it put scratches in as you go! and it really suffers from all the debris thrown up by the commercial traffic on our Bay Area highways; every time you hear something touch it, you know you're going to be able to find a mark or nick in the paint and/or clear coat. (and even at the oldest Volvo Dealer in the US here in Volvo-town, it was an experience trying to get touch-up paint for the Titanium Grey; that's a whole story in itself!) <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif"><P>in addition, i've found that the Piano Black inserts will scratch to show every bit of contact; very cool to look at when new, but not very practical in real life.<P>so far, paint is one of the few things that i've really been dissapointed in with the car.<P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<P><BR>
 

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I have a question regarding the paint...<P>My dealer is trying to sell me on an aftermarket paint protection product for my new V40. Usually I'd say no but the info on this thread has got me rethinking my decision.<P>I'm getting the solid red, so I'm worried about oxidation too. Since I'm planning on keeping the car for a long time I want it to keep looking good.<P>Should I opt in for the paint protection? is there brands to get or avoid?<P>TIA
 
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