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Interestingly (and thank goodness) I see there is a "paint problem" thread below from Germany and a Biarritz Blue car...what bothers me is that my car's paint is peeling in an identical way and spot...in an upward motion on the rear nearside bumper where the seam meets the bodywork proper.

The Volvo dealer convinced me last week that someone has reversed into me, compressed the paint and the car wash power hose has lifted it...Really?

So now I am going to keep a very close eye on their £85 "smart repair" because it will be interesting if the same keeps cropping up and is an early polymer/bonding problem...granted the car's got 11,000 miles on the clock, but it's only three months old!!

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Surely there would be some form of mark or scuff, even small, if the car had been bumped or knocked by another?
 

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No scuffs, no nothing...in fact have just put a call into the dealer as made a point of looking at all four corners this morning and noticed the same "ripping" effect on a front corner!

It looks like there is a deliberate "lip" of paint on the bumper and if one were to use a power hose, it is enough for the water to get behind it and rip the paint off!

Looks more like a paint application oversight by Volvo in my opinion and a vulnerable area for all cars.
 

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Trading Standards ftw :) I'll be honest, when we looked at a V40 in Rebel Blue, we were not impressed by the quality of the paintwork. There were ripples where the rear bumper was fitted up against the bodywork and a few tiny spikes in the paint. Not what I hoped to see, and it put my wife and I off this colour (though I still prefer it from a distance!).
 

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Paint peeling

"touch wood" I have to say that generally speaking the overall paint job is excellent and absolutely no defects in it at all...the Rebel Blue cleans and polishes up really well...until this problem with the Bumpers. The Volvo dealer is seeing the car to report it as a technical issue with Volvo owing to the paint peeling top and bottom on front and back.

It's definitely an application/design problem where the paint is applied at the far edges and the bumper being too close to the bodywork...

...we'll see and i'll post Volvo's response.
 

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See other topic for simular problems.....(Paint problems? NicoNic 01-04-2013 12:28 PM).

In the Netherlands we have simular problems.
 

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I too have a v40 2300 miles and same ripple effect on the near side bumper which is bubbling. Wouldn't mind but only had the car 31 days
 

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Bubbling paint on V40R in Rebel Blue

We have a V40R in rebel blue, have just noticed paint peeling on a seam above the wheel on the passenger side rear; taking the car to the dealer first thing Monday.

Car was new in January 2013; certainly no physical damage to explain the problem...
 

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Conclusion seems to be that Volvo have acknowledged the problem on cars to date and released one of their technical journals to dealers i.e. we know there is a problem, here's how to deal with it for the most part!

Thankfully my car is bypassing all this and two new bumpers are being put on the car Monday...a little disappointed, but appreciative that the matter has been taken seriously enough.
 

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I have the same problem on my Passion Red T3 With 6000km on the odo. The dealer is going to replace the rear bumper next week..
 

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identical to my car and not a "front or back" bumper problem...if you have a problem on one, you're going to have the same on the other! Let's see what the "fix" is on cars already produced, but as sure as eggs are eggs, new cars rolling off the line will have been sorted. cheers
 

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It is a simple job, eiher new bumpers or a complete strip and repaint properly, and they may atually match the colour of the rest of the car that way also:dodgy:
 

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Hello All,,
Unfortunatly I have fallen victim to the paint peeling on my Reble Blue D4 it was noted 1/07/2013 and complained to my dealer ...they took it on board and after loads of phone call back n forth (dealer-factory-me) they are replacing the rear bumper as I refused a paint repair .............watch this space eh!!!!!!!!!! Oh and the car was born on the 18/5/2013
 

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But who is painting the bumper or do they come pre-painted, will it match the car better than the factory items??

I will want both bumpers replacing as the defect in the plastic bumpers is clearly caused by the method/materials used in manufacture and as both used the same materials/method etc. both have the same latent defect.
 

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The issue is how the paint and bumpers have reacted together, be it the plastic the bumpers are made of, the method of application or the paint materials or even a combination of any of them. As both bumpers wil have been manufactured using the same materials and methods, there is a real chance they will both have the same issue and therefore need rectification/replacement, not just a quick localised paint repair/blowing over
 

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It seems this problem still hasn't been rectified even on recent MY14 cars. Mine was delivered in August and guess what I just spotted this weekend:mad:
Titanium Grey and has never seen a pressure washer, not by me anyway.
 

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It seems this problem still hasn't been rectified even on recent MY14 cars. Mine was delivered in August and guess what I just spotted this weekend:mad:
Titanium Grey and has never seen a pressure washer, not by me anyway.
I hope not as I have another one, Cross Country D2 turning up tomorrow:-/
 
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