With 120K miles on my 2014 SS the paint still looks like new. My 2018 Yukon Denali is still looking great at 60K miles. Both my 2010 & 2017 Challengers had so many lower paint chips after only 1 year.
Toyota has been using water based paint in Japan at all factories since 2006. Same as what we were using at the GM/Toyota plant here in California. Paint thickness was checked daily with an electronic gauge and we had constant supervision by representatives from Toyota Japan to ensure consistent quality. I wouldn't assume that country of origin has more to do with it than manufacturer standards or brand of paint ( we had PPG and Dupont ) .. the color white was an entirely different formula that included silicone.Both of these vehicles were built in Japan. So thinking that may have something to do with it
I am envious since my brother's Land Cruiser's paint looks so good and it not even garage kept. Thank you.That might be the reason why the paint looks thicker on the Toyota's I mentioned. I think my brother's Land Cruiser is a 2004 and my 4Runner was a 1998. The paint stood up to everything and I miss that. I was not kind to the 4runner and it had no chips on the front. Same for my brother.
120,000 miles in Texas and my paint is all but ruined. Absolutely "sandblasted" as one paint guy told me when I asked him what it would cost to touch it up and smooth the clearcoat. He said "No I repaint it. 8,000 dollars".Way too many gravel and dirt side roads enter Texas and New Mexico highways. The pickups and oil field service trucks bring it to the pavement. My front end paint takes MANY hits and chips easily. That is my only issue with the paint. I’m lucky to have only lost one windshield in 80,000 miles.
I jinxed myself. I retired my car from daily driving, so no more construction sites, construction areas, dump trucks, etc.
So, today, driving on a nice city street to get a hair cut, a Toyota pickup kicks up a rock and puts a huge divot on my windshield on the driver's side just above eye level.
Look the top photo with nice composition. Yes I know; this has nothing to do with the thread but I do dabble in portography.
I like the top photo composition. Yes I know; this has nothing to do with the thread but I dabble in portography. 📸