In Reply to: Fish eyes are common posted by JonM on June 10, 1999 at 10:27:28:
So, does that mean that "fish eye" is a paint term, like "orange peel?"
The way the story I read was worded, the reporter said the car was repainted at the dock, after being unloaded. I assumed this work was done at an on-site paint shop -- BMW wouln't be so stupid as to paint in an uncontrolled environment. However, the paint was left to cure outside, where the actual eye of a fish stuck to the paint.
Again, sounds like urban mythology to me, but that's the story I heard. Sorry, I can't remember where I heard it. Since it sounds so suspicious, I wouldn't have told it, unless the topic hadn't been raised.
Sounds like someone like me, who had never heard of a "fish eye" misinterpreted the meaning and began spreading an urban legend...kinda like I just did.