It’s there on all the doors, though the driver-side is better.
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My two-month-old Black color Kia Sonet has a silver color inside the door, below the door panel. It’s there on all the doors, though the driver-side one is better. Not sure if it’s a factory issue, looks more like the robots couldn’t reach this area.
The service advisor said it’s common for all their cars when I contacted them on phone. I’m yet to get a response from Kia support.
Even if it’s common for all the cars, isn’t it still a fit & finish issue?
What do you guys think?
I’m not able to make out if it’s silver paint or unpainted steel surface. I think it’s more like an unpainted surface. However, it’s even and I can feel the clear coat. There is no unevenness when I run my fingers from this area to the properly painted side.
This section is a hidden spot when the door is closed, so if they painted it with the doors closed it may not get covered. I’m trying to get photos from other Sonet owners. I got a few responses, but those were of the new Sonet and there is no such issue. Mine is April 2021 model having the old Kia logo.
I’m attaching a couple of photos I have, showing a bigger area. The colour I see is like the one I marked in the below screenshot. The same color can be seen near the door hinges or hard-to-reach areas.
Just FYI, the car was with the dealer for around 12 days as there was a delay in delivery due to new RTO rules.
Here’s what BHPian abhishek46 had to say on the matter:
I don’t think this is a robot-could-not-reach issue, as the painting robotic arms do their job before any of the door panels are put on, in full availability of space, for the arm to move about.
As per my experience, the inside panel of the door should have been completely painted.
It’s painted in other cars anyways like VW, Maruti Suzuki etc.
These exposed parts get wet every time the car is washed. So, the paint is definitely required in those areas.
Here’s what BHPian Mortis had to say on the matter:
It’s a paint failure and needs to be covered up. The SA is talking nonsense, it has nothing to do with the robot not being able to reach. You can catch the SA and take a look at several other cars to confirm. If all of them have patchy paintwork then it’s a quality lapse on Hyundai’s part.
Hyundai / Kia definitely have issues with paint. White paint flaking off on multiple cars and also the recent thread with mismatched paint on the bumper and body of both Hyundai and Kia cars.
Here’s what BHPian Vid6639 had to say on the matter:
Either this is a quality miss at the plant (highly unlikely) or this is repainted at the dealer before delivery.
The door might have been damaged, they have either repainted it and forgot to do this spot or they took door of silver car and repainted it black to match.
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