If you bought a Toyota with a Blizzard Pearl or Super White Paint job recently and noticed your paint is literally flaking off, expect a recall notice from Toyota soon.
It’s taken years of complaints and threats of class action lawsuits but it looks like some relief is on the way for Toyota owners with peeling and flaking Blizzard Pearl and Super White paint jobs.
According to a post on Slickdeals I came across earlier this weekend, a Toyota owner posted a recent notice about an upcoming recall hitting Toyota owners soon. Specifically, if you purchased or financed a Toyota with a Blizzard Pearl and Super White paint job, Toyota now publicly admits they’ve f***ed up and will hook you up with a respray soon.
Here’s the link to the thread. Also, I’ve embedded the image from that Toyota owner below.
Here’s the important part of the letter,
“This customer support program provides coverage for involved vehicles with the original factory Blizzard Pearl or Super White paint. The covered condition may occur when sunlight over time degrades the adhesion between the factory- applied paint primer coat layer and the base metal electrodeposition layer causing the paint to peel from the metal body panel. “
Searching online for examples of what this looks like and it’s honestly disheartening to see such a poor paint job. Here’s an example via Performance Auto Repair.
When you pour in thousands of dollars a year paying off and maintaining your car, the least you can expect from a Toyota is for the car to start up every day (given basic maintenance) and for the paint not to fall off while you own it.
Paint and clear coat nowadays is notoriously thin, but this is on another level and it’s about time Toyota fessed up to their mistake.
Some hypothesized that Toyota would only repaint affected panels, but that’s asinine and I fully expect Toyota to hook you up with a brand new paint job with some durable paint this time. I don’t think you’ll have your choice of color, though.
In the letter, it spells out if you’ve already repaired a shoddy paint job out of pocket, there’s a reimbursement program in place that will refund you the amount you spent. Submit proof of a payment made before a certain date.
This isn’t something new either. Googling around reveals that Toyota Canada’s already rolled out a similar program fixing shoddy paint jobs. Supposedly this problem affects Toyota’s made between 2009-2018.
Also, if you have a Blizzard Pearl or Super White paint job, noticed flaking, and don’t get a letter from Toyota, I’d contact them A.S.A.P. Here’s a link with all relative Toyota contact information.