Bumper discolouration on a white Kia Seltos

I have a fully covered parking with no reach of sun or water. Mine is the first-gen model, manufactured in Sep’19.

BHPian ThatCarGuy recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Hello fellow BHPians, I am having an issue with my car color. The car bumper is now showing a discoloration, it has slightly turned yellow all through (in the attached photo, I am not sure how much is visible, but through the naked eye, the yellowish tint is clearly visible). I have a fully covered parking with no reach of sun or water. Mine is the first-gen model, manufactured in Sep’19.

Has anyone else faced this issue, please?

Here’s what BHPian PaddleShifter had to say on the matter:

I am a suspicious person when it comes to sales people or dealerships. This type of discolouration so early in a car that has its covered parking indicates two things in routine circumstances:

1. The paint quality from factory is questionable. Could be this car, this batch or this colour.


2. The bumper was repainted before selling the car (due to some damage etc?).

My 2 cents.

Here’s what BHPian Endofdayz had to say on the matter:

I dont own a Seltos, However, I had Hyundai Verna in white colour. Manufacturing date was June 19th and it was registered on June 23rd. My car, after one month of ownership, had discolouration in the bumper compared to metal area. The reason given in the service center is that the colour depth will be different for plastic compared to metal. It sounded genuine to me. There will be light difference is what they meant when we compare plastic and metal. I lived with this explanation for 7 years before I sold off the vehicle.

Now not sure if you want to live with it or bring it to the notice of the service center. I’m 100% sure they will give the above explanation.

Here’s what BHPian Arnav612 had to say on the matter:

Hi, attaching a picture of my car with the same issue.

I started noticing this just a few months ago. The car was manufactured in January 2020.

Here’s what BHPian Shreyans_Jain had to say on the matter:

A little bit of discolouration of white can be expected in a car mostly parked in the open. Especially between painted metal and plastic panels. It’s like the unpainted black plastic bits fading and going grey over time. You can’t escape sun damage, certainly not in mass market cars painted at a cost.

Here’s what BHPian androdev had to say on the matter:

This is almost inevitable with white colour. Metal and plastic panels go through different painting process at the factory (even worse, they could be done in different locations). How the paint gets cured and aged also differs between metal and plastic panels. Very easy to notice this difference on white colour cars.

I would have expected this problem to show up only after 5 years or so. This is way too soon for a car that is not parked under the sun and points to poor factory-paint quality. I am not sure KIA will agree to fix and even if they agree to fix, I don’t think I will take up their offer – paint matching a white bumper is really hard and this yellowing will happen again.

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