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Possible paint issue.

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Tyman, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Apr 8, 2021 at 3:48 AM
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    Tyman

    Tyman [OP] I've done questionable things for a donut.

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    On my Tundra I noticed this on the paint protector sticker that is in front of the rear wheels.

    Is this just a sticker they forgot to remove when it was delivered or should I take it to the dealer?

    It looks like air bubbles. It's on both sides of the truck.

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  2. Apr 8, 2021 at 3:49 AM
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    AzureNightmare

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    The texture you see is the chip guard that Toyota has on all Tundras. It's completely normal. The clear stickers are added protection.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2021 at 3:50 AM
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    Tyman

    Tyman [OP] I've done questionable things for a donut.

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    I can push the bubbles around with my finger. Seems like it should all be the same color.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2021 at 3:53 AM
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    The sticker is intentional and not meant to be removed. The texture under the paint is caused by the chip guard. The air bubbles in the sticker are caused by the textured surface they are applied to. IIRC you can even order replacement stickers to replace worn out/damaged ones.

    This is normal.
     
  5. Apr 8, 2021 at 3:58 AM
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    You're not the first to see this, and there have been some issues with white tundras, and some discoloration on Cement, Cavalry Blue, and other flatter/less glossy colors. Nothing on black or MGM that I am aware of. See the linked threads that come up when searching "paint issue" and "Chip guard".

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/new-tundra-paint-issue.56483/

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/factory-paint-issue.81289/

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/cavalry-blue-rock-chip-guard-discoloration.58963/
     
  6. Apr 8, 2021 at 4:46 AM
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    Well. MGM is a real color, and it makes it go faster!!!
     
  7. Apr 8, 2021 at 4:57 AM
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    Squatting Pigeon

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    I’d get a vinyl squeegee and try to push the bubbles out while applying heat from a heat gun or hair dryer. Looks like it wasn’t smoothed out all the way when it was applied. The summer heat might even take care of the bubbles for you on its own.
     
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  8. Apr 8, 2021 at 5:15 AM
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    Willard

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    It’s the texture/depth of the chip guard areas preventing the protection film from laying completely flush. You see air bubbles wherever the film can’t adhere.

    My truck has the same thing, as do a few of my friends. Doesn’t really matter.
     

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