There is no doubt the finish is crap compared to the old technology acrylic enamel baked on finishes using a volatile petrochemical vehicle for spray application.
Not a big deal.....this is the price we pay for not having a dead planet in 12 years.....oops.....now must be down to 11 years 10 months and counting, just like as predicted in the 70s we saved the residents of sea level NYC from being under two feet of water by 1999, and just like the US saved the ozone layer by dropping $0.79/lb R12/R22 freon in favor of then $3.00/lb R134a to seal the ozone hole, and now on all drivers of '18+ vehicles once again are helping to avoid global catastrophe by ridding us of the demon $1.50/lb R134a in favor of the new flammable/explosive R1234yf (check your hood label).....and hold on to your hats '18+ owners because even at bargain Amazon rates the crap is going for upwards of $90/lb.....and also be prepared to kiss your a$$ goodbye should a refrigerant line rupture in an accident and the R1234yf ignite!
So, chipping paint for even the slightest insult is the price we pay for greed under the guise of saving the Earth. No more expensive, time consuming acrylic enamel finish. Now a robot sprays a few microns thick electrostatically charged colored powder onto the body, which is melted and then finishes of with a water based clear coat that is little harder than Jello to "protect" the color coat below......no expensive time consuming compounding or polishing is necessary for finishing. Fragile as it is this crap doesn't spontaneously chip.....it chips for a reason and when traveling 60+ mph with a you don't need a bolder sized particle spun off a rear tire at similar speed in the opposite direction toward you to cause a chip when impacting your crap "paint" job at 120 mph.
It is unfair when you get a more durable paint job on a Tonka toy truck than a $50K+ Traverse. Similarly it's the tailgaters lament......but, the bottom line is you can be proactive and use a bug deflector, or a bra, or high impact film or other protective coating OR just use common sense in avoiding situations which increase the likelihood of getting paint chips or windshield starbursts. ......As crappy as these finishes are, these chips do not spontaneously generate, they are caused by a sharp high speed impact and most of the time you'll even never hear the impact of the tiny stone that knocks off a chip. Draft a truck now and cry later.
Current Chevys -'16 Silverado LT;'18 Malibu LT Redline;'18 Traverse Premier Redline<br /><br />Previous Chevys:16 Malibu LT2 '17 Impala;'16 MalibuLT;'15 Camaro LS;'15 Traverse; '13,'12 and '07 Avalanche LTs; '11 Tahoe LT; '13 &'11 Malibu LTs; '08 Trailblazer;'06 Colorado WT..... Chrysler era.....'80 Citation;'75 Impala;'72 Chevelle;'69 Camaro R/T;'65 Impala SS;'62 Nova