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Old 09-24-2015, 05:54 PM
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Orange Peel Removal

All current Jeeps seem to have orange peel in the clear coat, which has never really bothered me. I took delivery of a 2015 Overland in Crystal Granite about a month ago, and later discovered, under bright florescent garage lights, that the orange peel in mine was far worse than usual.

I consulted with a few local detail shops, and was told the same thing that a search on Google will return...factory clear coats are too thin to wet sand, so live with it.

Determined to at least minimize it, I did more research and found a product that promised to work on factory clear coats, without compromising the UV protection that the clear coat provides.

The product is CarPro's Velvet Orange Peel Removal Pad. It is a 6" pad with velcro back. I used a hard backing plate with a Porter-Cable 7424XP Dual Action Polisher, along with Meguiar's #105 Ultra-Cut Compound. This was followed by Meguiar's Ultimate Polish, using the DA Polisher and a foam pad. Finally, Meguiar's X-Press Synthetic Spray Wax was applied.

I ran the DA at medium speed, and for the #105 compound, I did three separate applications, followed by a micro fiber wipe down.

The above process, on one door, took about an hour. I was amazed at how much of the orange peel was removed, and how good the door looked. I plan on doing more this weekend, so I'll post before and after photos.

Below are before and after pics of the just finished rear door.

For those afraid of "burning through" the paint, the DA is much safer than a non orbital polisher, so this is really not an issue if you take your time. It is also a good idea to tape any edges, as it is pretty easy to have the edges of the pad hit exposed painted edges, which will remove paint.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:12 PM
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Re: Orange Peel Removal

Be careful. Once you burn through the clear, it's body shop time.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:05 PM
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Re: Orange Peel Removal

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Be careful. Once you burn through the clear, it's body shop time.
Agreed, but that is pretty difficult to do with a Dual Action polisher. The pads are also cloth, which is not very abrasive. The biggest thing to watch is heat, by going slow, and taking a break between buffs.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:03 AM
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Re: Orange Peel Removal

Why did you have to post this???? Jk, Now all I see is the orange peel in my black paint, and it want it out.
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:29 AM
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This is the reason I considered a Porsche Cayenne instead, the black paint reflected like a smooth mirror.


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Old 09-26-2015, 11:29 AM
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This is the reason I considered a Porsche Cayenne instead, the black paint reflected like a smooth mirror.

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That's funny...I decided to do this after I saw how good the paint was on my brother's Porsche Macan.
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This is the reason I considered a Porsche Cayenne instead, the black paint reflected like a smooth mirror.
Which is also why a Cayenne probably costs double what a Grand Cherokee does. On normal cars the orange peel isn't sanded down from the factory like a Porsche would be.

OP. The paint looks great now!
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Old 09-26-2015, 11:34 AM
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Which is also why a Cayenne probably costs double what a Grand Cherokee does. On normal cars the orange peel isn't sanded down from the factory like a Porsche would be.

OP. The paint looks great now!
Thanks ! I agree. For 80 Grand, I would expect the paint to be perfect.
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The new Cayenne I considered at the time was base version V6 with 8 speed with MSRP $54,000 back in the fall of 2011.
Very happy with my 2012 Overland V8 which had an MSRP of $46,000.


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Re: Orange Peel Removal

Orange peel can and is often in the base color coat as well, especially with the current (new 12/14) water based paint tech system JNAP has.

My point is, yours may not be solely in your clear coat.
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Re: Orange Peel Removal

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Orange peel can and is often in the base color coat as well, especially with the current (new 12/14) water based paint tech system JNAP has.

My point is, yours may not be solely in your clear coat.
I totally agree. My goal was to only to minimize what peel there was in the clear coat, which worked out well. There is still orange peel, and I assume, as you stated, that it is in the base coat Still a pretty big improvement over what I started out with.
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Glad u could lessen it, my deep Cherry has some pretty good orange peel but she's going back so we'll see how my SRT looks...trying for Billet Silver which hides it better but may have to "settle" for Granite Crystal which will show it pretty well. 1st world problems ya know.
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