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10 Common Auto Paint Repair Problems: Top Causes and How to Prevent Them

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Make no mistake: painting a vehicle is a precise job that should be left to the right professionals. They’ll give you a perfect paint job and make your car look like new. No matter which auto body shop you choose, make sure you get the services performed in writing and double-check that they include a warranty.

To prevent a less-than-satisfactory paint job on your ride, check out the most common auto paint repair problems and learn how they can be avoided with the tips below.

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10 Auto Paint Repair Problems and How to Avoid Them


1. Bleeding

Bleeding is what happens when the original paint job starts showing through the new top coats. This occurs when contaminants are present in the old paint. Avoid this problem by cleaning all areas of the vehicle that will be painted thoroughly.

2. Dieback

Dieback is when the gloss is lost after the paint is applied. This can have a myriad of causes, and can be prevented by maintaining strict attention to detail while painting, as well as the correct process for applying and curing paint coats.


3. Dirt

Sometimes dirt or dust can mix with the paint and appear on the finish as tiny bumps. This is prevented by keeping the work area clean, mixing and filtering the paint properly, and keeping equipment clean.
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4. Dry Spray

This is when paint forms a rough, textured area because it was not flowing properly during application. To prevent dry spray, the paint gun should be held 6-10 inches from the surface at a right angle. The film build up should also be checked to make sure it’s not excessive, and, if needed, the solvent selection and spray viscosity can be adjusted.


5. Fish Eyes

Fish eyes are tiny paint bubbles that form almost as soon as the paint hits the application surface. Usually, this is a problem when traces of silicone get into the paint or when there is contamination in the spray equipment. Fish eyes can be prevented by thoroughly cleaning the surface to be painted, using fish eye eliminator, and draining the air compressor tank and air pressure regulator for the spray equipment daily.


6. Orange Peel

This happens when paint droplets form unevenly on the paint surface, which resembles an orange peel. Orange peel is prevented through proper spray gun maintenance and techniques, not painting in unsuitable conditions (high humidity, temperature extremes, etc.), and allowing adequate time for drying between coats.


7. Paint Color Matching

This is when newly painted panels don’t match standard panels. There are a lot of preventative measures you can take for this. Just a few include checking the consistency of the spray application, properly mixing paint, and holding the spray gun the proper distance from the painted surface.


8. Paint Runs and Sags

Runs and sags occur when the paint is applied too heavily, or the paint is too thin. Prevention includes selecting correct paint thinner, painting in the proper conditions, and allowing coats sufficient time to dry.


9. Sand Scratches

This is when sanding imperfections show through the top coat of paint. It’s prevented by using the proper grit of sandpaper, allowing proper dry times for all paint layers, using high-quality paints, and using correct application techniques.


10. Solvent Popping

Blisters form when solvents are trapped in the paint finish. Solvent popping is prevented by cleaning the paint surface well, and applying paint with the proper technique, a number of coats, and drying times.


If you do run into a bad paint job, New Look Collision can help you restore your vehicle, so it looks brand new.  Still not convinced?  Take a look at why this personal investment is a job best done by the experts at New Look Collision.