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I own a MX5 Skyactiv 2017 model and I am looking for an exterior full car cover as I will be away for the winter and do not have a garage. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated as the price varies so much depending on choice.

Also when I bought the car a couple of years ago I noticed there were many what appeared to be small chip marks on the bonnet which had been touched up. I have noticed that despite using the car rarely there are many more marks that have appeared and wondered whether this was a paint issue/defect. I do not use the car on motorways and drive her carefully so I am surprised that the marks keep appearing, has anyone else had this problem? Thank you in advance
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Gosh those are big chips! It might well be a top coat of some sort, I wonder if it had a respect before you had it? I doubt you will get anything under warranty but it’s worth an ask I suppose?

I have a car cover- my baby is indoors but I have a outdoor “monsoon” cover on him from a leading mx5 part specialist ;) lt fits fully and it quite elasticated. To keep it secured. My other half has one on his that is stored outdoors although he does add extra weight to it to anchor it fully.
 

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Hi and welcome to our friendly forum.

Firstly, although not an absolute prerequisite, we do tend to use the introduce yourself section as just that, a little ice breaker to tell us a little about yourself, your car and perhaps experiences with cars and of course all things MX5. In general the questions tend to get asked in the relevant sections of the forum. We don't want your life story, just a little intro. (y)

Re the chip marks, there are a lot of reflections in the image that skew how they may look in actuality but they do look quite bad. It's a tough one as Mazdas are renowned for paint that is very soft but those do seem extreme even for Mazda.

Some of us have sadly been down this route with Mazda before in terms of looking for some kind of claim back to have repairs carried out to the paint on the basis that the original paint just should not be in such a state after such a short time, although you didn't say what mileage. To me it looks like the car has been used on motorways at high speed and running close to other vehicles, that's the most common cause of this kind of chipping but as I say even that looks extreme. There have been some success stories and others not successful, I'd definitely be taking the apparent state of your bonnet up with Mazda even to try and get a contribition towards respraying the bonnet.

Regarding an outdoor cover, in reality I'd never recommend such a cover, the problem is that even with the most "breathable cover" moisture can and will build up underneath, it's quite well documented that this can result in lacquer peeling if moisture finds the slightest place to get in and under,looking at your bonnet for example, a cover will more than likely end up with large areas of lacquer lifting and peeling around each chip. Also especially outdoors the cover will move around in the wind and end up scraping, scuffing and scratching the paint on the car. The safe option is to thoroughly way it up and leave it outside where it will be well ventilated.

Sorry I can't offer more positive advice.
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

The paint on the Mark 4 is renowned for being soft, but the pattern of the chips does not look like stones thrown up off the road, so I would be more inclined to think it has been resprayed poorly at some time
 

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Hi everyone, thank you for your comments. I will, as asked, introduce myself in the appropriate place.

There were some marks on the bonnet that were touched up when I brought the car from a Mazda dealer in the UK which I thought were the result of hailstones. However since buying the car additional marks have appeared and they are not due to driving on motorways or using the car regularly. I live in rural France and the roads are good and without much traffic. When I brought the car I had GARDX applied to the paint work which to be honest has not added any protection to the paintwork. It almost looks like blistering but I do not understand why this should happen. I attach additional photos for clarity. I am not looking for compensation but would like to understand why this is happening and if anyone else has had the same problem. Thank you.
 

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Hi everyone, thank you for your comments. I will, as asked, introduce myself in the appropriate place.

There were some marks on the bonnet that were touched up when I brought the car from a Mazda dealer in the UK which I thought were the result of hailstones. However since buying the car additional marks have appeared and they are not due to driving on motorways or using the car regularly. I live in rural France and the roads are good and without much traffic. When I brought the car I had GARDX applied to the paint work which to be honest has not added any protection to the paintwork. It almost looks like blistering but I do not understand why this should happen. I attach additional photos for clarity. I am not looking for compensation but would like to understand why this is happening and if anyone else has had the same problem. Thank you.
Looking at these images I'd tend to agree with others that the car may have least in part been resprayed but it now has lacquer lifting due to moisture getting in underneath. However re the GARDX, many of these alleged protective coatings do indeed form a skin over the original paint and again, can pop & peel. It may well be worth contacting the garage in the UK that you bought it from, (I'm jumping to conlusions here that they sold you the treatment) and explain the issue you're experiencing and what warranty was on the GARDX, obviously if not the seller then whoever applied it.

Just another thought, you say you've had the car a couple of years, is there any way you can chase it's history back from the point of purchase to see if it has even had any accident damage and repairs carried out.

Hope you get to the bottom of it all.
 
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Looking at these images I'd tend to agree with others that the car may have least in part been resprayed but it now has lacquer lifting due to moisture getting in underneath. However re the GARDX, many of these alleged protective coatings do indeed form a skin over the original paint and again, can pop & peel. It may well be worth contacting the garage in the UK that you bought it from, (I'm jumping to conlusions here that they sold you the treatment) and explain the issue you're experiencing and what warranty was on the GARDX, obviously if not the seller then whoever applied it.

Just another thought, you say you've had the car a couple of years, is there any way you can chase it's history back from the point of purchase to see if it has even had any accident damage and repairs carried out.

Hope you get to the bottom of it all.
Thank you, I will be in touch with the Mazda dealer in the UK who did apply the GARDX prior to me collecting the car. There were already some marks on the bonnet though prior to the treatment that had been touched up and more have appeared since. I will ascertain what the history was if I can.
 
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