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by Ron Joseph

November, 2007

Orange Peel Look in Automotive Paint

Q: My vehicle was involved in an accident and was repaired and repainted. The paint job looks like an orange peel, the body shop was told this was not acceptable, their reply was "by spring the paint will level out and look fine." is this a magic paint that when dry will still move on a vehicle, or are my friends at the shop tring to cover their mistake? I, of course, am not a painter but am looking for expert advice. your help will be greately appreciated. 

A: Unfortunately, the orange peel is there to stay. The only time that initial orange peel can potentially flow out into a smooth finish is if the freshly painted part is cured in a high temperature oven. Since this is not the case in your situation, you are unlikely to see any improvement.


Ron Joseph

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