It's not supposed to look like that, but it won't affect the detectors performance since it is just cosmetic. However, considering the value I personally wouldn't be happy with the faceplate like that. I would say that you will always see it every time you look at it so contact Valentine Research to have them exchange/repair it.
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My online message at valentine website was not replied to today. When I called them, I was told that they can’t replace it because it is backordered and I have to ship it back (and pay for return shipping myself) for a refund. To be honest, I am disappointed at their service.
So, did you ask to repair it or return it? Did they say if they repair cosmetic problems? This is cosmetic only from what you have shown.
They are supposed to have units back in stock around the 19th, according to the web site.
I told them that it was a cosmetic defect out of the box and I wanted a replacement instead of repair since it was like that out of the box. I told them that I posted pictures of the defect on the rdforum and other owners suggested replacement.
Anyway, my plan was to return it and then reorder when it is back in stock, but I am not so sure anymore if I have to eat shipping cost for returning defective units.