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Shape of your paint when you received your new Hellcat?

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3 pitch black cats-all brand new delivered under my spec. All need full paint correction. Each some of the worst paint I’ve seen. Don’t by a challenger for the quality of paint.
 

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Mine was is okay shape at the time of delivery, couple of BS things (specs, a little fall out, etc). I think there is one decent scratch on the roof, or I put it there when I washed/waxed it in my brother's shitty driveway before taking it home. Otherwise I did nothing other than putting some Turtle Wax Hybrid Ceramic Coating on it just after the snow fell and I covered it for the Winter.

That being said, I have a case open with FCA for a horribly scratched driver's side mirror glass - it looks like it was washed with a rock - which I didn't notice until the morning after I took delivery. Obviously, I didn't do it.

My four year-old left a nice scratch in the piano black on the tail panel when she drew in the dust... oh well, such is life.
 

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My four year-old left a nice scratch in the piano black on the tail panel when she drew in the dust... oh well, such is life.
That has got to be the softest plastic in the world back there...
 

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Hi guys!
As some of you know, I’m waiting for my 2020 HC WB challenger to arrive and be delivered.
Like many of you, I’d like to ceramic coat it while new so I don’t have to go through the cost of Paint corrections, polishes etc.
Obviously, many detailers tell me “you wouldn’t imagine the shape some paints are in even on new cars”, I guess they wanna sell, but I’m pretty sure not all new paints are delivered in pristine shape...
I asked the dealer not to touch the car, not to wash it or remove anything.
How did you guys managed this part? Did your new car needed Paint correction?

Thanks for your help in advance!



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Yes. It seems most Hellcats travel by rail, and the dust from the wheels on the train etc makes its way all over the car. I still dont have my doorjambs completely clean. It will need a thorough detail before ceramic coat or PPF. It was a disaster, and honestly made me a little upset. But in the end, it's just a factory Dodge Charger, not a show car.
 

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Yes. It seems most Hellcats travel by rail, and the dust from the wheels on the train etc makes its way all over the car. I still dont have my doorjambs completely clean. It will need a thorough detail before ceramic coat or PPF. It was a disaster, and honestly made me a little upset. But in the end, it's just a factory Dodge Charger, not a show car.
Iron X worked for mine...had a few stubborn ones...but got them all out.
 

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Iron X worked for mine...had a few stubborn ones...but got them all out.
Most of the detailing clays will pull that rail dust right off.
 
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I will tell you I thought my paint was OK other than a couple scratches I didn't like and Orange peel.

My detailer talked me in to paint correction before ceramic and it is a completely different car.


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Paint? You guys got paint on your Challengers?!?
 
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I got my 15 TorRed HC used and even though the previous owner took great care of it and had a lot of PPF, it still took abuse from the dealership lot boys. Paint correction and ceramic made a night and day diff even on the ppf.

I had my 18 Billet T/A and my current 19 DG 1320 paint corrected and ceramic'd. I just love the ease of cleaning it and how the car just always looks clean even after driving through a week of rain. Both cars looked good when I bought them but the DG was noticeably better afterward. The billet about the same. Each time I was there the shop had one or 2 black WB challengers in the shop being done. One was a demon, a Redeye and a NB HC. The paint was HORRIBLE on the Demon and the 19 Redeye was the absolute worst paint Ive ever seen. Overspray, orange peel, dull areas you could see AT NIGHT. swirrels and scratches. Saw the cars a week later after he was done and they looked like mirrors. Shop owner said almost all the darker colors, especially black are trashed when he gets them. The lighter colors dont show it as much but IMO still benefit.
 
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You wouldn’t believe the amount of rock chips and touch ups I needed to do on all 3 of my black hellcats. From damage caused during assembly process to rock chips from transport. Had I never been willing to accept the fact their paint jobs suck, I would have never signed for any of the cars. After the third delivery, I had to tell myself “either u take it for what it is and live with it or don’t get a hellcat”.
 

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Mine is white so it hides some of the imperfections but I still had areas that were chipped and the inside trunk seams were horrible. Looked like a blind person applied the sealant. Had the dealer do most of the repair. I have owned many black cars over the years and although I admire the high impact colors, I would not own a black Hellcat only because of the additional effort necessary to keep it looking swirl free. I had heard that there was a new paint process planned for the Brampton facility a couple of years ago but after reading some comments above...
 

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Had a load of rock chips down the passenger side and junk under the clear on the decklid. Was able to take care of most myself but I made the dealer replace the decklid.
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Yes the spliiter guards came off right after this.
 

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as a general observation, my 18 billet and 19 DG challenger came through with very nice paint. I never found dirt or anything under the paint or clear on the 18 and it seemed to be pretty tough. Even after 52000+ miles in 1.5 yrs and driving through an entire winter in PA, I only had maybe 5 rock chips that were noticeable enough to have to paint and 2 of those were on the hood. The 19 DG seems to be about as nice. Ive yet to find anything to frown about. Granted both cars were color corrected and ceramic'd so Im sure that removed a lot of surface imperfections but nothing under the clear or color on either car.
 


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