In the world of auto paint, many car owners are trying to achieve a smooth and even balance to avoid the textural bumps of what is known as "orange peel paint." However, some are actually trying to achieve this look on their vehicle. Here's what you need to know about orange peel paint, why you might want this type of paint job, and how to achieve it.
Why You Might Want Orange Peel Paint
Typically, people try to avoid orange peel paint because they believe it is an imperfect paint job. However, it can create a unique textured effect that can make your car look different from other models like it. As a result, if you are interested in a unique style that sets your car apart, getting an orange peel paint job is a simple option. Most auto shops should be able to provide your car with a orange peel paint job. However, it is possible to save a little money by adding your own orange peel paint job.
Achieving Orange Peel Paint
Orange peel paint is traditionally thought of as a mistake, so there are few "how to" guides regarding this process. The basic trick here seems to be applying more paint than normal during the wet coat stage. Setting the air pressure lower than normal (as indicated in the factory settings manual) should create an orange peel paint texture.
The problem here is that you might not achieve the kind of textural perfection necessary for a true orange peel paint job. Try experimenting with your paint gun on a junker before committing to your own vehicle. Try slowing down the speed of your passes, holding the gun closer to the metal, and changing the position of your paint gun tip.
Fixing Any Orange Peel Paint Mistakes
If you make a mistake with your orange peel paint job, you can always use fine sandpaper to remove imperfections. Fine sandpaper falls within the grit range of 120-220. Wrap an appropriate piece of sandpaper around a block and carefully buff away the excessive paint by hand. This gives you more precise control over your sanding.
Try to sand just enough to create the fine orange peel texture look you desire. If you sand away too much, you can always repaint the area, adjusting your paint gun settings to find the balance between too much and too little paint. You want a setting that creates an orange peel texture without creating bumpy buildup. Each gun is different, so you need to experiment.
Now that you've got your orange peel textured car, you can show it off to your other car enthusiast friends. Remember, your car is your own personal item and a paint job some might dislike will look great to other people. You can learn more about this style at your local auto paint shop.