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    diesel spill stain on black paint

    I have spilled some diesel from the filler cap and it has left a seemingly unshiftable milky mark on the paint, I have tried T-cut but it seems very deep into the paint like an oxidation mark. Can anyone offer any advice and would this be covered by paint warranty?, it seems to me that this is quite a fundamental shortcoming of the paintwork in this area as spills would be quite a likely thing here.

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    Have you tried using something like petrol, or carburettor cleaner to shift it? This may make things worse of course...
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    Thanks Mudplugger , not yet, it seems to go down deep into the paintwork beneath the surface so not sure whether it needs a paint specialist to look at it . I will take to a dealership and see what they say. I owned a couple of old Mercs a few years ago and the paintwork on those was rock hard, My Audi A6 is two years old and already the stone chips and this is confirming that they dont do things like they used to. It's my first Diesel so it could have been my fault at not cleaning it off quickly enough, but as i have it cleaned every two weeks regularly it seems a bit soon for something like this to happen to my mind. Thanks again .

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    I had massive (and longstanding) diesel stains on both my white 1998 Fiat car and my white 1993 Ducato van, both of which I managed to remove with some petrol, so it seems that the paint quality on an elderly Fiat is better than on a modern Audi? I don't think this is the kind of marketing message that Audi UK wants, so I'd suggest that talking to the dealer and then to Audi themselves if necessary is perhaps a good plan.

    The paint quality on your Audi appears to have more in common with my Lotus Elise: I bought that brand new and after 2 years the paint started falling off the passenger door. In the opinion of several paint specialists it was a manufacturing fault, so I contacted Lotus who refused to co-operate and said it was my problem to fix at my cost. That was a 30,000 car and I'll never buy from Lotus again, nor recommend anybody else to!

    You can see a couple of pictures of my Lotus paintwork at http://www.LotsOfTroubleUsuallySerious.com (created before we got into the website business I hasten to add!) and it's a lot worse now. I'd suggest you ask Audi if they feel their sales will be improved by obtaining a reputation for build quality down with Lotus', and worse than Fiat, or whether they'd like to accept that you have a fault that should be fixed at their cost?
    2003 A6 Allroad 2.5 Tdi

 

 

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