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So this is kind of weird.

The nose and forward hood areas of OHM-RIDE has the usual dings and chips in the paint and surface. Overall I'd rate it as normal wear/tear for a 40k mile, 3 year old vehicle that winds up behind farm equipment on a regular basis.

The strange part is the -other- chip marks I keep repairing.

The areas outlined in red keep developing new dings consistent with gravel. I've never had a car show gravel/stone strikes on the side like this before. I looked at my co-worker's Volts and one has the same target area as mine while the other is blemish free.

Is this happening to anyone else?

p.s. I swear the black paint on my car is the softest I've ever seen on an automobile.
 

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With almost all city and highway travel I don't have any dings in those areas. My hood still looks good, but I have a 3M clear bra.
 

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With almost all city and highway travel I don't have any dings in those areas. My hood still looks good, but I have a 3M clear bra.
The lower nose is pretty dinged up around the turn signals, the hood just has/had a handful of small dings, but at some point I may get the nose paint professionally re-done. When that happens a clear bra is on the "to do" list!
 

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I've taken two cross-country trips and a couple of trips down to Florida in my 2014. I don't see the paint damage you are describing. My paint color is Silver Ice Metallic, if this helps.
 

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So this is kind of weird.

The nose and forward hood areas of OHM-RIDE has the usual dings and chips in the paint and surface. Overall I'd rate it as normal wear/tear for a 40k mile, 3 year old vehicle that winds up behind farm equipment on a regular basis.

The strange part is the -other- chip marks I keep repairing.

The areas outlined in red keep developing new dings consistent with gravel. I've never had a car show gravel/stone strikes on the side like this before. I looked at my co-worker's Volts and one has the same target area as mine while the other is blemish free.

Is this happening to anyone else?

p.s. I swear the black paint on my car is the softest I've ever seen on an automobile.
Do you have the wind buffeting kit on by any chance? If so, I wonder if it changes the air flow along the back causing more abrasive debris to hit that area?
 

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I don't have dings in those rear areas. Do you drive on gravel roads or other loose surfaces? Maybe the front wheel is somehow kicking up stuff that strikes there. That might be possible while turning and part of the tire is outside of the wheel well.
 

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Some good thoughts here. I do not have the buffeting kit, but I do run some "soft surface" roads. Not gravel but not quite pavement if you know what I mean. I also spend about 10 miles of my commute on highway but I don't recall hearing stuff hit my car.

It's a little freaky because I noted the dings on the body and side of the spoiler, touched them up, and a week later had three more on the side and another one on the spoiler. Touched them up as well and this weekend found yet another small ding on the spoiler and a couple of small ones in that same area on the body panel.

I'm about ready to put plastic film on those areas. Yeesh.
 

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p.s. I swear the black paint on my car is the softest I've ever seen on an automobile.

You should try the NISSAN LEAF, I wonder if they painted the LEAF with a thinner coat of paint for weight issues, but if you so much as give the car a dirty look, it has a chip in the paint, I swear.
 

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Do you have the wind buffeting kit on by any chance? If so, I wonder if it changes the air flow along the back causing more abrasive debris to hit that area?
I drive the highway,,I show no damage in those areas.I have the buffeting kit.

I will say,,I think the black paint on my car is also very soft,,touch it wrong and it scratches.
 

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I think the black paint on my car is also very soft,,touch it wrong and it scratches.
I'm not sure soft is the right word, perhaps brittle. My clear bra is soft and as a result it doesn't chip or scratch and reduces the ding potential as well. Also I'd say black is just less forgiving visually than a lighter colored paint.
 

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Are you running aftermarket wheels? Or wider than factory tires? It looks like something would have to be thrown from your front wheels to hit that.

And for the softer roads, are they the "oil and chip" style? Those roads are terrible (used to live down a long windy one). Get a set of mud flaps if you drive on these. Your tires will pick up sticky/tar covered rocks and throw them all sorts of crazy ways.
 

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I'm not sure soft is the right word, perhaps brittle. My clear bra is soft and as a result it doesn't chip or scratch and reduces the ding potential as well. Also I'd say black is just less forgiving visually than a lighter colored paint.
I need to stop being lazy or cheap and get a clear bra on the car,,have one for my truck and it still looks new on the hood.
 

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Are you running aftermarket wheels? Or wider than factory tires? It looks like something would have to be thrown from your front wheels to hit that.

And for the softer roads, are they the "oil and chip" style? Those roads are terrible (used to live down a long windy one). Get a set of mud flaps if you drive on these. Your tires will pick up sticky/tar covered rocks and throw them all sorts of crazy ways.
Stock wheels, but yes that one small sections is the "oil and chip" like you say. I may try a slightly different route and avoid that to see what happens.
 
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