How to Prevent Clearcoat Orange Peel

One of the most common problems faced is the clearcoat orange peel when doing touch up projects. It happens when impeded flow of paint occurs. The result is that it starts peeling, and gives a slight yellow/orangish tint to the clearcoat that is similar peeling an orange. Don’t worry, were here to show you how to prevent clearcoat orange peel!

What Are the Causes of Clearcoat Orange Peel?

There are 3 causes that will cause clearcoat orange peel to effect your paint job or it is possible that you may already have it on your stock vehicle. Below are the 3 reasons:

Your Ambient Temperature

This also means that the temperature in the room (in which you are spraying) when you are spraying on the car is not equal to the temperature of your panel.

Low Grade Clearcoat and Supplies

This is extremely common, when DIY’s buy cheap clearcoat that comes with a nozzle not made for delicate application. Your traditional spray can nozzle does not spray as smooth or clean as a nozzle we provide you in our kits.

Not Following Instructions

Another problem is that people don’t read instructions or labels. We hope that if you’ve made it this far you’re not one of those people!These labels contain very important information such as about temperature or how to use it. Car paint is all about application, so if you don’t follow the instructions provided, you will most likely have bad results!

How to Prevent Clearcoat Orange Peel?

In this article, we will talk about 4 tips which will prevent orange peel.

1.    Practice Spraying

Practice makes perfect. Clearcoat being the most difficult to spray, it’s always a good idea to practice on cardboard or another area before going directly to your car’s surface.

2.    Use the spray can trigger grip provided in our kit to apply 2-3 coats!

This is not a gimmick! Smooth and even application is extremely important for a good end result! You’ll want to apply multiple coats, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. This usually takes about 20 minutes!

3.    Keep the can 6-8 inches away from the panel. Not too close, Not too far!

When you are spraying, keep the can 6-8 inches away from the body of the car. Painting too close can result in drips because the clearcoat is applied to heavily. Too far away can result in light coats which can create uneven layers on the car.

4.    Consider wind or temperature

Last but not least, the environment also plays a role when you are doing a touch up paint job. Especially with clearcoat. In hot weather, the paint will dry quicker. This can cause an improper distribution of paint. You also don’t want it to be cold! The best conidition is early morning in the evening around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Strong winds can also create problems such as, it will dry out the clearcoat before the whole body gets a sufficient amount of coverage or cause uneven layers! If your can has been sitting directly in the sun, or outside in the cold you’ll want to get the can to room temperature of around 75 degrees. You can do this by pouring water into a large glass. The water should be around 80 degrees since we want to get the can to 75 degrees. Submerge it and leave it in the water for at least 20 minutes before spraying.

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Remember! At the end of the day, applying clearcoat doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow the instructions provided, and practice before going straight to the cars surface!
We know you can do it!