Originally posted by Nathan Kwok
Oh, btw, Jconn, I think you confused the high reflex paint with the regular paint. AFAIK it was the standard paint that had the chipping problem. I have the high-reflex paint in VR and it is a 3-stage paint with a clearcoat, it is still very very glossy and NO chipping whatsoever. This is on an early '93 when the problem was still around. High reflex paint was a pretty rare option, only available on tourings. In fact, I don't even know of anyone who has it besides me, I'd like to hear other experiences if anyone else has the option.
No, it appears it was the optional paint which had the problem. Maybe you were lucky, or your car has been repainted.
Here is what I know about the high-reflex paint fiasco.
You be the judge.
On page 41 of the '93 RX-7 sales brochure, it lists "High-reflex paint" as a feature of the Touring Package. It makes no distinction as to color.
Sept.'92 Consumer Reports tested a Vintage Red touring model and listed "special paint" as one of the optional features on the car.
Car and Driver in June '93 published a long term test of a silver touring model. It said, "We notice Mazda's "High-Reflex" paint does not flex enough. The name suggests it has added resistance to the elements, but our "Silver Stone" finish has been stoned in the Biblical sense. The once exquisite finish is sadly chipped around the wheel arches and the nose. Mazda now says Hi-Reflex is no longer used on RX-7s."
Automobile Magazine also published a long term test of a red touring model in its Oct. '93 issue and also noticed the chipping problem. It said,"What happened, we are told, is that the Touring model's high-gloss paint dried harder than expected and was thus more likely to chip.
The good news: The problem has already been solved. All RX-7s now receive a conventional paint treatment."
The online mystery chapters of the "RX-7 Performance Handbook" reports this:
A Chip Off the Old Block
One of the earliest complaints with the third gen RX-7 was that of the paint chipping easily. This never resulted in an official TSB, however, was handled on a case-by-case basis. The problem was caused by a poor primer bond and many of the owners who complained received a new paint job at their dealer, courtesy of Mazda. But it wasnít until numerous complaints stacked up that got Mazdaís attention. Several owners had even contacted legal representation when told (at first) by Mazda that it was a result of their driving habits. The poor primer was used up until late í93 (94 models). Itís too late to get this problem rectified for free, however, you can tell if you have the defective primer (remedies by early í94) by examining any paint chips you have, checking for a white primer. The corrected primer has a medium gray color and adheres the paint to the body rather well.