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I've done 13,000 miles now in my A5 with probably 50% plus on the motorway and the front of my bonnet is littered with pinprick sized stone chips and a couple of bigger ones. My previous A4 had about 3 after 80,000 miles and I've wandered around the car park at work and checked out some older A4's in the same colour to see them looking fine. It just doesn't seem right to me and I'm starting to think the paint on the bonnet is just not up to scratch for some reason.

Anyone ever had any similar experience? What will Audi say when I go see them (apart from the usual unintelligable grunts, etc)?

Any advice on how I should tackle this or anyone with a similar experience would be much appreciated.
 

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My bumper looks fine which is what makes me think the bonnet is of poor quality.
 

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why not get clear protection shield placed....
Had Venturashield placed in the front and back....
 

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I suffered the same problems on my 2005 A3 Sportback. I read on another Audi forum that the paints were becoming less resiliant due to the EU restrictions on pollutants ... no idea if this is true but the paint on my last Audi (Ebony Black pearl) certainly seemed pretty poor. I got significant discolouration from bird droppings after only a couple of days and my kids' fingerprints are forever etched on the edges of the rear doors.

However ... I'm very happy with the Quartz Grey on my A5. I've had a couple of occassions when I've heard stone chips hit the bonnet (you know the very loud cracking sound) but my paintwork looks impeccable. Just one small ding down near a fog light where the plastic seems quite soft.
 

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I created a thread earlier about Stone Chips and agree that the car is much easier chipped than any prior vehicle I have ever owned. The best we can do is just get some touch-up paint.

Also, a good polish and clearcoat will certainly help. I just ordered some Zaino stuff today. So hopefully that will help bring the shine back. I am already noticing some dullness in the vehicle.
 

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I read on another Audi forum that the paints were becoming less resiliant due to the EU restrictions on pollutants ... no idea if this is true but

It is true...The place I usually get my wash and wax job done said the same thing. The paint job is not what it used to be...
 

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I have quite a few stone chips now. More than any vehicle I have owned before. I was thinking that the paint quality is not what I would expect it to be.
 
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