Yes I do. They actually regulate what chemicals which can and can't be used in paint in the Auto industry. This is why all paints since about 1999 or 2000 have to be water based not lacquer based, which is harmful to the enviroment.. This is why the FJ and all other vehicles are more prone to rock chips than they use to be.. And then there is the fact that we are just a big box on top of a box. Toyota announced this at that time to the dealers and told them what would happen. All Manafactures use a water based paint now which is very thin and easy to chip.
This is why I say, vote the folks out of office who are the porblem, it isn't Toyota's fault or any other Auto manafacture. Jeep has the same problem with chiping and the window chiping and breaking. It is the design of the vehicle being a big box on top of a box. Square's don't deflect rocks and other things they absorb them, thus rock chips.
This is from Automotive Paint Tec News
NEWS Bulletin(January 1,2008) Regulations force dealerships to look at alternate repair options. OSHA and EPA are now “cracking” down on bodyshop product use for environmental reasons. Mobile spray operators are now listed as part of a national law looking to decrease HAPs ( Hazardous Air Pollutants) and will share fines with the dealership property owner. Eco-friendly products are the solution and government agencies are increasing public awareness to stop the uneccesary violations. For uv clearcoat, uv paint products and new programs call 866-246-3777 or visit www.aquaphaseauato.com
Here is the link to the EPA website with the Act which is why the paint is the way it is..
National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings | Federal Register Environmental Documents | USEPA
Now after reading all of this, you will be there for days. This is why Toyota and all the manafacutres have to use thin paints which chip easy and thus cause the problem you are all talking about..
The fact is that Toyota (and all Auto Manafactures) have no choice but to do so and you can't sue over what govt regs they follow.. The only thing you can do is vote out the Bio-LIBS who make the laws and then we can fix this problem and make it better for future owners of the FJ. Face it we are F$%^ed with the paint we have now, and there is nothing we can do about it.
Sueing Toyota will only cause you to spend your money and loose.
I'll say it again, we are driving a Box on Top of a Box with thin paint, there is nothing you can do about it.
The choices are:
Change the Rules
Change the Vehicle (I'll own mine till It or I die)
Or Repaint the vehicle with a harder paint at you cost.
Hope this helps explain all and helps everyone understand that Toyota isn't at fault, Your GOVT is...
I'm not too worried about the paint chips. I have an off road dent that I'm not worried about fixing either.The fact of the matter is Toyota cant and wont repaint our trucks so we all need to live with it. They have the sale and couldnt care less if they chip. The paint may suck but the car will last a long time. I say start saving for a new paint job.
2007 FJ Yellow and paint crap! Whole hood is pealing took it in to local dealers and they said couldn't do anything about it. have talked to a couple of paint & body shops and they laugh and said they have seen several with the same problem. Would love to see a class action suit. Cant afford the 5K to get a new paint job.okay, let the flaming begin, I don't care anymore.
I love the truck, the looks, the way it drives, etc. etc. etc., but I am not happy with the paint chipping.
This is not my daily driver, and has never been off road, but I am seeing a substantial amount of chips in the paint. Not only the front and a pillars, but also the side of the vehicle.
The dealership was helpful and talked to Toyota, but they said they would only paint the a pillars, and the rest was tough luck. I called Toyota and got ahold of Alonzo Scates in the customer service who was a total tool and hung up on me. Yes, I'm calling this customer disservice rep out. After calling back again, I got ahold of a nice young lady who was very helpful and took my information. I still hope it will be taken care of, but I'm wondering how many others out there are willing to pursue this thing if needs be.
People wanting to flame me can go ahead an bite me at this point as I was/am happy enough with the car (except for this) to buy my wife one as she has taken an interest in it and is up for a new car. This will definately queer the deal if it is not taken care of.
I want to gauge interest in a class action if needed in order to get Toyota to remedy this situation. I really don't want to get rid of it, but I will if I need to.