What Is Orange Peel Paint?

  Orange peel vs Non Orange peel


An orange peel texture is one of several potential imperfections that can occur after you apply new paint to your car. Orange peel texture refers to a dimpled, bumpy appearance that’s like the surface of a citrus fruit. It becomes particularly prominent when light shines on your vehicle, with the reflection becoming wavier and rougher.
Although orange peel often occurs when you attempt a DIY paint job, it can result from poor professional conditions or may be present when you receive a car directly from the manufacturer.


To understand how orange-peel effect occurs, it’s important to know the process of painting a car. Today, that’s primarily based on atomization. Through an instrument spraying paint, the substance particles are broken up even further into small droplets. This results in a more even, smoother finish.
Orange peel occurs when the paint is not divided into fine enough particles. This results in chunky paint that ends up on the car’s surface, creating a rough and uneven texture.
While this factor is typically behind most cases of orange peel paint, other scenarios may influence its appearance such as:

-The paint was applied at too hot of a temperature
-The paint was not mixed thoroughly or correctly
-Paint thinner started to evaporate from the solution
-Too much paint was applied at once
-The spray gun was not on the correct setting, resulting in less air
-The spray gun was not angled perpendicularly to the vehicle or was too close to the surface


Orange peel paint corrections should be done by a professional. Avoiding the orange peel effect in the first place comes down to the right ratios and conditions: Painting in a shaded area with a sufficient amount of air and paint thinner that won’t cause clumps or a runny consistency. If you purchased a car with orange peel paint or a DIY project led to these results, improvement starts with applying a compounding polish to lessen the bumpy texture. From here, if the texture is still visible in the sunlight, a professional will use a fine-grain sandpaper to wet-sand the surface until the bumps are gone. After, the remaining paint is polished for a smooth, professional finish or the surface may be repainted entirely, including base and clear coats.


Orange Peel Paint

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Daniel Sasso