Fish Eye and Orange Peel


Old 03-16-10, 08:26 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,330
Fish Eye and Orange Peel

I'm trying to do a spot repair on an metal body part with spray enamel. I acutally read the directions on the can, and I may have traced some of the problem to temperature. But I am confused as to what they mean about recoating time. It seems that they want subsequent recoats to be done within two hours. but after that, not to re coat unitl 72 hours. After I waited the 72 hours in order to repaint the whole part to make it flow out and match. I still got fish eye big time in the 72 hour section. Now I have to do it completely over. Is there anything else I should do to prevent this fish eye effect?
Sponsored Links
Old 03-16-10, 08:38 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Hamilton County, Ohio
Posts: 4,287
Fish eye is most often caused by particles of silicone in the air. These can come from non friction type lubricants, hair spray or other sources. They can even come (in the air) from a neighbor or nearby factory. This is different from cratering, which is caused by solvent pops. In cratering, the paint skins too quickly and as the solvent evaporates, it blows out through the skin.
Old 03-16-10, 01:29 PM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 43,356
Go to your automotive paint store and get a bottle of 'fish eye medicine' - it will help. Getting the surface clean also helps. Avoid any type of oil heat.

Orange peel is usually corrected by thinning the paint a little more. You can apply multiple coats within 2 hrs or so - however many it takes to get coverage. Don't forget you need to sand smooth all the offending spots, more paint won't do much to hide the orange peel or fish eyes.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes