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Well, I've finally experienced what others have talked about here. I removed the Warsteiner BMW from the box this morning (what a cool car!) and noticed that the wheels have soft/sticky paint on them. Hopefully, they don't disintegrate or anything.

It seems that the problem might be specific to certain types of wheels. My UT McLaren with the 5 spoke rims, as well as the 5 spoke Ferrari and M Coupe wheels, are fine. Those are painted. But the multi-spoked wheels that have numerous small spokes seem to be having this problem. I guess I'll wait until BMW #2,and the Audi, shows up on Monday to see if it is also suffering from the same problem. This won't deter me from buying more of these cars, though. They're cool!
 

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From what few uts i have, this problem only seems to surface on the silver painted wheels. Chromed wheels and colored wheels dont seem to suffer. My calibra, slk and amg c class have this problem. It must be some chemical in the silver paint that seems to affect the plastic.
 
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The wheels on my Bimmer are white, while, interestingly enough, the wheels on my Ferraris and M Coupe are silver, so it isn't the silver paint that seems to be causing the problems. Weird, I'll just be careful handling this model, probably the only solution at this point.
 
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thats not the only car mate im sad to say there was a warning on here b4 about the nissan skyline R34 v-spec II from AUTOart sometimes getting the melted tyre look i think mum is getting anoyed at me for keeping the blinds closed so the sun does not hit the models hehehehe i think im getting a bit 2 scared that the wheels will melt or the paint will fade. hope your other models you have bought do not have this problem and im also glad that this has not stoped you from buying more of the same models. gl with the new ones when they come in.
and remember rotate all your model's wheels at least once a week if not 2weeks if they are near sunlight or heat.
 
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Good idea to rotate the models holden_kid. Thanks. I've had tires that got a bit sticky from sitting on the glass shelves too long. No damages so far.
 

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Well, if you flat spot them, you just gotta come in and get four fresh one's!

I sold a UT Porsche GT2 #74 last week for next to nothing because the left front wheel was almost totally devoid of any colour. The chrome trim ring had almost fully melted, and had started to eat away at the white center. The similar car that I have on display is in perfect condition. You can touch the wheels, and not feel any of the sticky melt like you can on others. It has to be some combination of how and where the cars were stored (heat activated paint?), whether they were exposed to direct sunlight (like in a window display at a retailer's), or something.

Sucks when the rest of the model is almost perfect, and the wheels look like they are out of a Salvador Dali painting.



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Does someone have a picture of this strange UT problem? I have about 55 UT´s but I don´t understand the problem. The wheels on mine are looking fine. Is this a problem that only occurs when the car is exposed to sunlight?
 

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Maarten said:
Does someone have a picture of this strange UT problem? I have about 55 UT´s but I don´t understand the problem. The wheels on mine are looking fine. Is this a problem that only occurs when the car is exposed to sunlight?
Maarten, in the beginning you can only notice the problem if you touch the paint, and you will see that it's soft. If you press your fingernail against the rim it will leave a mark. With time the paint then starts to bubble, as if melting.
 
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Maarten said:
Does someone have a picture of this strange UT problem? I have about 55 UT´s but I don´t understand the problem. The wheels on mine are looking fine. Is this a problem that only occurs when the car is exposed to sunlight?
I always thought the same thing until I got this BMW. Initial inspection, I couldn't really tell, but I picked up the model, touched the wheels, and they were very sticky. All four wheels are sticky. If you look close, you can see the paint, for lack of a better word, melting. Strange, but it's true. All of my other UTs are fine.

Since I just received this model, I have no idea how/where the vendor has it stored or displayed, so I can't comment if sunlight is the culprit (I'm thinking no, since my M Coupe sat on the window sill in my old apartment for nearly 3 years, with no problems at all.)
 
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Thanks for the link! I'm still very hesitant to use NPR on plastic parts, as it marred the bumper of my 360 Challenge are a little bit. I'd hate to see what it would do to the wheels.

And just to let everyone know, since I've removed the Bimmer from the box and let it set out a little bit, the wheels are no longer "sticky". Maybe this is a solution (for me at least) but I'll let y'all know!
 
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I have 7 UT models:
3 Audi Touring cars, 3 CART cars, 1 Opel Touring car and 1 MB Touring car. With the exception of the 3 CART cars(chrome wheels), the rest are all fine. No MW syndrome here...at least not yet and hopefully never.

That being said, I do feel for you guys as this has gotta suck when you look in and see your models at <100%. :crying
 
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TifosiF1 said:
And just to let everyone know, since I've removed the Bimmer from the box and let it set out a little bit, the wheels are no longer "sticky". Maybe this is a solution (for me at least) but I'll let y'all know!
I find this to be the case with mine as well. Maybe taking it out of the box allows whatever compound that's breaking down to escape and not trapped inside the box to eat up the paint. If nothing else, might be slowing down the process. So I'm now rotating my UTs more frequently.
 
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Well, to add to the melting wheel problem on the white BMW, I noticed I have a different problem on the M3 GTR: flaking wheel chrome. I saw a tiny amount of black on one of the wheels and without thinking, figured it was dirt. Naturally, I tried to wipe it off, and took off a big chunk of the chrome that was on the wheel. I inspected the rest of the wheels, and all of them have some form of flaking on them. :crying :crying

At least the Audi has no flaking or melting wheel. So far, on the non-Ferrari UTs that I have, I'm only batting 50% on getting cars that aren't exhibiting some type of problem with the wheels. It won't detract me from buying more, but it'll definitely keep me from spending much money for them if all of the wheels are going to be like this. (At least the decals on all of them are flawless)
 
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TifosiF1 said:
Well, to add to the melting wheel problem on the white BMW, I noticed I have a different problem on the M3 GTR: flaking wheel chrome. I saw a tiny amount of black on one of the wheels and without thinking, figured it was dirt. Naturally, I tried to wipe it off, and took off a big chunk of the chrome that was on the wheel. I inspected the rest of the wheels, and all of them have some form of flaking on them. :crying :crying

At least the Audi has no flaking or melting wheel. So far, on the non-Ferrari UTs that I have, I'm only batting 50% on getting cars that aren't exhibiting some type of problem with the wheels. It won't detract me from buying more, but it'll definitely keep me from spending much money for them if all of the wheels are going to be like this. (At least the decals on all of them are flawless)
On my STW BMW 320I by UT the exhaust had flaking paint, luckily not the wheels as you can't see the ubderside of the car.
 
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