Well I got my Tri-Metal in March of 08 from hookahcompany.com. I used it a few times and noticed that a little bit of the red paint on the base was coming off. I kinda blew it off since it wasn't a whole lot. Now it looks absolutely horrible. Its starting to peal in areas around the whole base.
I finally got sick of it and sent in an email to HC to see what they have to say. I will keep you guys posted on the outcome of all this. In the mean time here are a couple pictures of the base.