In Reply to: What I understand posted by JonM on June 10, 1999 at 12:37:29:
Even orange peel is not natural. It's a product of efficiency. A real pro with a good setup can nearly eliminate orange peel with careful surface prep and the right flow. Perhaps, nowadays, it's a property of environmentally friendly paints.
BTW, before clear coat paint jobs, you could wet sand (lots of water, a drop of soap to keep things slippery and 1000 grade sandpaper -> 1500 grade sandpaper -> newspaper) your own finish (or someone's sloppy respray) as long as you were careful not to burn through on the edges. The test for clarity in your paintjob is to hold your drivers license against a panel. If you can read the text on it, then you're done rubbing the paint out. Again, this is only for 1 stage paint (non clear coat) or for the base coat prior to application of the clear coat.
Clear coat took over because it is cheaper, using less expensive pigments.
Has anyone out there completely repainted their Z3 yet? What type of paint did you choose?