Figures.com Review: Hot Toys Appleseed 1:6 scale figures
Yup, paint peeling looks like it's going to be an issue no matter what, at least with this production run. If you bend the elbows of the figures and keep them posed that way. I've contacted Hot Toys about this and await their reply, but they've already addressed some of the issues with their new instructions and handling notes they'll be including in future releases of the figures (see review for these notes).
In all honesty, the paint peel on my Deunan is so small, you can barely tell it's there unless you're looking for it. Otherwise, when looking at the figure as a whole, you don't even notice it.