I have had paint problems with a Super Z and the dealer was able to get things worked out for me. When you have problems with paint or any other parts on Hustler mowers you need to make sure your dealer passes this information on to the manufacture. Hustler has the best customer service of any company I have ever had any dealings with but the only way they can stay a leader in their industry is from customer feed back. What one person considers to be a small problem may be something a lot of people are experiencing but no one is getting information back to the company so they can address the problem. Try to think as the company would which means that the better these machines are built and serviced the more units they can sale and word of mouth is the best advertisement any product can have.