My DB9 is a daily driver. I drive about 5K miles per year, local roads only, no gravel roads, city and highway all the time. I expect to get the odd nick and chip in the paint like any other car. But, the paint on my 2005 DB9 is absolutely awful. If you hit a mosquito with it at 5 mph it chips. I find it frustrating of course. I had hopes of using touch up paint to correct it, but on closer inspection during her bath today it seems pretty pointless. Literally hundreds of tiny pin prick sized chips. Right now she looks great from 6 feet away, but has acne if you are up close (see the photos).
What would I do differently? Fit the front end and rockers area of my car with a 3M Clear Bra kit immediately when I got it. This would have stopped most of it, and for just a few hundred dollars would save me the anguish and grief I feel each time I polish her. If you are worried about your cars paint, I have had great success fitting the highest quality 3M material clear bras to my other cars. Here is a link to where I get it from. You can install it yourself in an afternoon.
I’m ranting out loud to the community at large. I guess I am wondering if this was a common experience for just the early cars and if Aston got their paint processes improved eventually. If so, when. This is something prospective new owners of the older generation cars should take into consideration. Please share your comments down below.