Some early problems with new finish
My very early 2003 (built spring 2002) International had a small spot on the curved front corner segment that started out less than the size of a dime. Over the year and a half I had the trailer, it slowly spread; the edges would lift slightly and when I waxed the trailer, some finish would fall away. By the time I traded the unit, it was the size of a golf ball and growing. I hated to have the segment replaced, so I was going to cover it with a decal since the location was good for that concealment. The second owners had the segment replaced under warrenty.
There was no indication that anything had ever struck the spot. It looked very much as if a bit of oil or other foreign material was on the surface when the finish was applied.
There was another thread on the forum much earlier where a side panel had a large peeling area. My guess is that Alcoa had some problems with surface contamination early on.
No problems with my present (late 2003) Classic or with any other newer unit that I have seen..
John W. Irwin
2018 Interstate GT, "Sabre-Dog V"