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Has anyone warrantied their Q for headlight clearcoat peeling? This seems really unacceptable to me that I'm already seeing it on my 2019.
 

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Do you mind sharing a picture so we can get a better idea of what's going on? Most automakers use a sealer and not any
type of clear-coat on the headlights in order to protect them.

Did you buy the car new or used? Or with any type of optional protections like a clear bra for the front?
 
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I bought the 2019 Q50 used, it was a lease return with 12k miles a few months ago. It doesn't have any aftermarket protection.

Whatever it is, it's peeling and I'm guessing it falls within a warranty item. Kinda BS for a 'premium' brand product. This car hasn't impressed me with door and dash rattles and a propensity for the paint to easily chip on the road but I digress.

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Yep that definitely looks like clear-coat peeling, makes me wonder if Infiniti started using it again (thought they stopped after 2014) or if it was some
type of dealer specific headlight protection.

In any case you can bring it in and see what the dealership say but I suspect most would will simply argue
its typical wear behavior from being hit with rocks on the highway and won't be covered.

After that you can either have it repaired, replaced with clear bra or simply remove the clear coat, personally I'd just get rid of it.
Rock chips will eat away at it over time no matter what and they are easy enough to maintain with a quick
polish every 3-4 years to keep them looking new.

As for the Door rattles there is a good fix for that in the DIY section, pretty cheap way to silence the noise.

Lastly for the paint its par for the course for most Japanese auto-makers, they tend to go for softer paints
which has its pros and cons it makes repairs and defects easier to remove but a bit more prone
to light damage.
 

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When I was shopping for a used Q50, I noticed lots of cars headlights with clearcoat peeling off even on some 2020s. I don't know if it is Infiniti issue or just California heat. As soon as I got my car, I wrapped it with a clear bra for peace of mind.
 

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That black area is under the clear outer lens on my lights. Is what you are seeing "peeling" on the surface of the black area underneath the clear cover?
 

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When I was shopping for a used Q50, I noticed lots of cars headlights with clearcoat peeling off even on some 2020s. I don't know if it is Infiniti issue or just California heat. As soon as I got my car, I wrapped it with a clear bra for peace of mind.
Huh I guess Infiniti kept using it for the headlights if you saw multiple with it peeling, I thought they had stopped use it for that very reason when
they redesigned the car in 2014.

It honestly doesn't bother me too much headlights like everything else on the exterior needs regular care if you want them looking nice
I just polish them out quickly when I do my polish and sealing every year for my G.
 

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Huh I guess Infiniti kept using it for the headlights if you saw multiple with it peeling, I thought they had stopped use it for that very reason when
they redesigned the car in 2014.

It honestly doesn't bother me too much headlights like everything else on the exterior needs regular care if you want them looking nice
I just polish them out quickly when I do my polish and sealing every year for my G.
Could be just the intense heat in South California. It can get up to 36-40 in the hottest day in the Summer, currently 32-35 daily. Just last year it was 46 C (115 F) in early September.
 

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I have the same issue on my wife's 2017 QX60. It's been like that since we bought it in 2018.
 

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Could be just the intense heat in South California. It can get up to 36-40 in the hottest day in the Summer, currently 32-35 daily. Just last year it was 46 C (115 F) in early September.
Heat definitely does wear stuff out faster and it would make clear coat more prone to flaking once its damaged, our summers usually hover around 28-32C
despite our elevation and being located in Canada. Don't get anywhere close to 46C our hottest the past 2 years was 36C. XD
 

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Folks, for an update, my headlights are getting replaced under warranty at 23k miles due to this delamination.
Thank you so much for the update.
 
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