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Just out of interest: has anyone taken a closer look at the paintwork on their DS? I have just given it a polish and was appalled at the quality of the overall finish - at least ten specks of ingrained dust on the front passenger door alone. They must have painted my DS outside. Back to the dealer to complain, having just addressed the issue of water ingress.
 

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Have you had a ceramic coating applied ? ... Other than one small distortion to the edge of the bonnet my paintwork is perfect
 

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My wifes HSE LUX is the same, o/s paintwork feels quite rough to the tough and there's a grain if what looks like sand in the lacquer in the bonnet. Am going to gently T-cut it myself to bring it back to what it should be
 

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If you have had any type of ceramic coating applied you can't tcut the paintwork you have to claim under the coatings warranty
 

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paint finish on mine was poor, when using clay a lot of surface over spray came away. Once clayed (I have yet to finish the whole car) the surface improved immensely
 

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I gave mine a full 'clay mit' at the weekend and I was pretty impressed with the finish of the paint, better than previous new cars that I have had
 

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Local LR dealer told me they would take a look at it when they fix the squeaky rear seats. The overall paintwork is ok, it's just the odd place here and there - definitely dust particles that were trapped and ingrained during the painting process. Can't be cleanroom standard.
 

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Paint work on mine is very good (non-metallic) but the surface was heavily contaminated on delivery by iron spots (being parked outside the factory is the usual culprit or being transported by rail). It can look like sand spots. Buy some IronX, spray it on, watch the spots dissolve to purple, rinse off and you'll fine the very small brown spots gone and your car all smooth. This will not come off with washing, bad idea to try to remove it with a clay bar - use IronX or equivalent. It's not a fault of the paint shop, happens naturally from the environment, just worse if car has been near heavy industry.

It you car has been 'coated' by the dealer I can almost guarantee they will not have removed this contamination and it will stay under the coating. Total lack of prep is why you need a specialist to apply these coatings.
 

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I agree @Lofi if it is iron or metal contamination then clay will be no good as the metal will remain in the paint, I use Bilt Hamber Korrosol which is like IronX it's also good for cleaning very dirty wheels.
 

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Polished by local dealer...much better now. They too think that it happened during spray-painting.
 

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Have already decided to have mine detailed and ceramic coated when it arrives.... Should remove any contaminants and add a long lasting protective layer to the paint... And cheaper than the dealer supplied PureGard product. Then having paint protection film installed to the full front end to offer long lasting protection against scratches and stone chips....
 
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