A rental with an up charge paint ?Wow. How many miles are on that red Camry?
The quality of Toyota paint has fallen over the past decade for a few reasons, cost, environmental regulations, and so on.
A lot of manufacturers are experiencing the same issues with paint on newer cars. Each new Toyota that I buy has paint that is slightly worse than the Toyota that it replaced. The paint on my 1998 Camry was pretty great- and still looked good for the most part after 100,000 miles. The 2007 Camry that replaced it had paint that chipped pretty easily from rocks or other road debris. I noticed the first scratch in my 2022 Highlander within about two weeks of buying it.
I don't think that a recall is in the cards. Recalls are generally for safety-related defects. Toyota could extend the warranty or offer a service campaign for the paint- but that's doubtful. Toyota did extend the warranty on the paint of some colors/models- but the 2018+ Camrys weren't included. It generally was their Blizzard Pearl paint that was used on a bunch of different models that caused the most problems.
That red Camry is the worst that I've seen of the 2018-2023 Camry generation. I just had a 2021 Camry SE in that color as a rental- it had 61,000 miles on it and the paint looked pretty rough- with lots of weird scratches and chips. Strangely- none of them were in the normal places that you'd expect to find them- the hood/front bumper/mirrors still looked pretty good.
Since Toyota charges $400 for this red color- you'd think that it would hold up a bit better.
My last 3 leased cars, 2 Camry’s and my current ‘21 Venza all have the Ruby flare pearl paint,
I agree the paint has faired poorly in recent years especially with rock chips and road debris getting kicked up on the hwy, every panel roof included has chipped paint and now rust spots.
Roof is steel, hood fenders, are aluminum so there are “white” spots where paint chipped.
Leasing a vehicle with these issues are considered normal wear and tear. I don’t expect an issue with turning it in unless there are no new Venza’s at that time which I may buy out and then decide if I want to have it touched up.
Daily drivers on shitty roads, we pay the price. 😐