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Posted by JonM on June 10, 1999 at 12:37:29:

In Reply to: Re: Fish eyes are common posted by ]]]]dal on June 10, 1999 at 11:37:55:

First, let me say I am not a paint expert. Maybe someone else can do better to explain this than me...

Fisheye is a figure of speech. A fisheye is a spot in the paint, usually round, where the orangepeel is inconsistent. Usually there is no orangepeel there. You can usually see a spec in the center of the fisheye. This is either a tiny dirt particle, a bubble, or a spot where the steel was not perfectly clean before the car was painted. Some say it looks like the eye of a fish.

To be clear, orangepeel is the texture of the paint. It looks like the bumpy skin of an orange peel. A car with no orangepeel would look like a mirror. All BMWs have orangepeel from the factory, some colors more than others. Custom cars and 911's have (almost) no orangepeel. The orangepeel is removed by wetsanding the car after it has been clearcoated and then the car is buffed very carefully. Supposedly each 911 is wet sanded by hand at the factory. IMHO, you can always spot a car that has been repainted because of the consistency of the orangepeel.

I found fisheyes on my Montreal Blue 318ti, Arctic Silver Z3, and Ginster Yellow GTI VR6. The metallic colors seem to have more of them, and they are easiest to see on the darker shades.

Jon Maddux

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