Lower Panel Texture

Discussion in '2016 + Toyota Tacoma' started by AbsurdBuffalo, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. AbsurdBuffalo

    AbsurdBuffalo Well-Known Member

    So I noticed this today...

    On all the lower portions of pretty much all the body panels minus the bumpers, the paint/surface has a rough and orange peeled texture to it. Truck is a 2018.

    Is this by design? Seems to start where all the panels start to roll inwards along their bottoms. It seems even across all the panels, so I'm thinking it is by design? But why? 20180110_132529.jpg 20180110_132513.jpg
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  3. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Normal for rock chip protection.
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  4. OP

    AbsurdBuffalo Well-Known Member

    Any idea what it's for?

    Some kind of sound deadening or something?
  5. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    The area is rock chip territory so they protect it with a rough surface.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2018
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  6. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    One more time just to be safe.
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  7. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Toyota has done it for years. I first noticed it on a 4 Runner we had.
  8. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    My 2007 Tundra had it. It’s a thicker paint.
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  9. Raeburn

    Raeburn Well-Known Member

    Yeah it's normal. Mine is a slight shade darker than the white paint above it (almost yellowish in certain light) IMG_20180108_1131134.jpg IMG_20180108_1145504.jpg
  10. OP

    AbsurdBuffalo Well-Known Member

    Ah, okay. I've heard people mention that the white trucks have a yellowish tint on the bottom of the panels. Wasn't sure what they were on about until.

    Looks like they sprayed it with bed liner before painting it lol
  11. jimtheideaman

    jimtheideaman Member

    I’ve seen this across multiple brands. This is definetely not Toyota specific.
  12. Raeburn

    Raeburn Well-Known Member

    Yeah I've seen other vehicles with it too, not just toyota. Wife had a 2015 mazda 3 that the plastic front and back didn't match the metal panels, always annoyed me! Went to the dealer to complain but every red mazda on the lot was the same way! Then I started noticing many other makes of cars with the same thing, so I got over it lol! IMG_20150222_173927.jpg IMG_20150222_174015.jpg
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  13. jimtheideaman

    jimtheideaman Member

    I had a red Mazda Miata and it had the rough lower sides and after a while the front and rear bumpers and side mirrors (all plastic) all faded more than the paint that was on metal.

    That experience makes me worry a bit about what my new 2018 Barcelona Red Tacoma will look like down the road.
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