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Hi, I have a 2009 Pearl White Prado that over the last 2 years has developed many small cracks and then areas that have peeled. This is only on metal surfaces.WThe car has been looked after meticulously, washed and polished.
Has any one else had problems, particularly with Pearl white (paint code 070)?

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On 9/17/2020 at 6:22 PM, Ja G said:

Hi, I have a 2009 Pearl White Prado that over the last 2 years has developed many small cracks and then areas that have peeled. This is only on metal surfaces.WThe car has been looked after meticulously, washed and polished.

Looks like you car has developed "crows feet "

Washing and polishing can't protect what's under the clear coat. I seriously doubt factory paint would become like this if it was taken care of as you say you have, but, I will take an educated guess that your car has had some refinishing done, most likely in a workshop, where time is of the essence. They painted it quickly, then it was waxed to make it feel slick and smooth, BEFORE the clear coat has had enough time to gas off. When you wax a freshly painted car, you trap the gases and this will lead to clear coat failure such as Crows Feet over time. By virtue of it being out in the hot sun most days, the UV rays go to work to an already compromised and brittle surface.

I am sad to say this, but the only way to fix it would be to have the affected areas repainted, most likely back to metal if it extends that far down.

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I am currently having exactly the same issue with my 2008 Prado Grande in Pearl White. Started off with a few crack but over the last couple of weeks large areas of the paint are peeling. Drivers door and rear panel on both sides, rear tailgate and front quarter panel.

Known issue with this paint worldwide with Toyota coming to the party with respray in other countries. I'm taking mine to Toyota when I get a chance, not that I'm expecting much as car is now 12 years old.

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10 hours ago, Shane G said:

Known issue with this paint worldwide with Toyota coming to the party with respray in other countries. I'm taking mine to Toyota when I get a chance, not that I'm expecting much as car is now 12 years old.

I'll put money down Toyota will tell him to go jump. No offence to you Shane. Definitely hit them up, but I don't like the chances, not after this long. Too many variables against you.

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Hi folks, We have a Prado which has paint peeling Pearl White (code 070). We took it to the local dealer, in Sydney and it was inspected closely and peeling points noted by the warranty manager. Toyota refused to acknowledge that there is a problem so escalated to Toyota Australia and they offered 25% of the cost of the respray which is $10,000. The vehicle must be taken to their designated panel shop at Hornsby. My question is : it is documented that the defective paint has resulted in Toyota extending the pearl paint warranty for vehicles as far back as 2008, so why not Australia ?

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10 hours ago, Lyn33E said:

escalated to Toyota Australia and they offered 25% of the cost of the respray which is $10,000.

If Toyota are offering 25% that means they are also admitting liability so they should cover the cost to respray the whole car if the whole car has faulty paint. I doubt they will paint areas that aren't cracking, most likely only the parts that are bad.

Can you tell us which parts are bad ? I'm suspecting the top areas.

My sister had a pearl white Kluger Grand for many years and it had no paint issues. A friend of mine has a current gen Camry in the same pearl white and has had it for several years now and it's fine. Admittedly, he has applied a ceramic coating to it.

Not sure if there is an issue with the base preparation or the pigments in the white paint are flawed to the degree they cannot handle our extreme heat. Car companies are the best for being cagey. 

Keep pursuing them. The only way to get results these days is to fight and pester them. Seek advice from fair trading too. 

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Yes, I have a white Pearl finish 2007 Prado Grande.  All four doors have bubbled, cracked and now peeled at the tops under the window trim. There is no way Toyota will cover this problem. Am going to spray painter to see if we can dado it off and repaint these areas

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