Here at Hunter Auto Body, we find every day holds something new in the automotive industry when it comes to repairs, recalls, and so much more. We also want our customers to be aware of what these changes are so you feel more confident going into the repair process. This is why we write these blogs because very few shops know what it means to repair your car the right way, which requires research, the right tools, and extensive training.
If you are the owner of a Mazda vehicle with the Soul Red Crystal paint, you may or may be aware of the major problems owners with this colored Mazda are facing across the country. We all know looks can be deceiving, which is why we at Hunter Auto Body are here to explain the problems we found with the Mazda Soul Red Crystal paint.
If you are familiar with any of our blogs, you’ve probably noticed we make it a point to highlight important information regarding any type of repair on your vehicle. We do this because car repair is more complex than it has ever been and we want St. Louis drivers to know what they deserve when getting their car repaired.
One of the biggest problems that have been affecting Mazda owners across the country is the chipping paint on their vehicles. Specifically, any of their models that are painted Soul Red Crystal. Mazda glamorizes the color to be full of “vibrancy and energy with an increased depth and gloss…exemplifying the beauty and sophistication…” However, a simple Google search for “Mazda soul red paint” will give you plenty of results of customers sharing the same complaint: chipping paint.
Believe it not, paint repair for your car is not as simple as spraying some paint on the car in the paint booth and calling it a day. It requires color matching and a process that technicians need to follow using top-notch equipment. It takes specialized expertise to perform any paint job, whether it’s an allover spray job or just some spot paintwork.
Chipping Soul Red Crystal Paint in Mazda’s
Over the past few years, Mazda owners with soul red crystal vehicles are facing the same problem: the paint is chipping at an excessive rate. This is due to the paint is so thin and doesn’t have a thick enough layer to absorb the harsh sun, creating several chips across the car. There are countless online forums and petitions filled with frustrated drivers all facing the same problems. What makes matters worse is car owners are having to pay to repair this problem out of pocket to the dealer rather than the dealer seeing this is a global issue and issuing a recall.
Check out these images of some of the affected cars:
In fact, Mazda production communication specialist Jacob Brown said:
“There’s no way to get around this…[Soul Red Crystal is] more complicated than what you’d find on any other car at their price points…” (Repairer Driven News)
It’s interesting that Mr.Brown acknowledged the complexity of soul red crystal repair, but at this time, there is no recall on Soul Red Crystal Mazda vehicles. This is why it’s critical you take your Mazda to an auto body repair shop that is capable of performing any paint repair and follows the instructions.
You’re already dealing with a lot already with the peeling paint on your Mazda vehicle, even though you’ve taken excellent care of it. We wish we could say that everybody shop knows the importance of meticulously following these repair guidelines. However, there are still several body shops filled with technicians who will repair your vehicle out of “experience” and not safety first.
Who In St. Louis Can Fix It?
Here at Hunter Auto Body, we have been aware of the problem with Soul Red Crystal Mazda vehicles for quite some time. This is why we have made it a point to be fully capable of making your car look brand new and straight from the factory. Our team of highly trained technicians can perform stunning paint finishes so your vehicle looks as brand new as the day it was made. From blending paint after an accident to minor spot painting for door dings to complete vehicle restorations, we are here to help!
We have been serving the St. Louis area since 1973, assisting drivers with all of their repair needs. We know how stressful this time can be for you and we want to help ease some of that stress. Our team of experienced staff has nearly 50 years of experience and will make you feel like family here at our shop.
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