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Old 01-12-2013, 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by dkreidel View Post
I thought I'd search before introducing a new post and was surprised to find so much unhappiness with good 'ole USA paint from SC. I took delivery in the rain and today was the first real opportunity to wash the X5M up nice and see what I have. I was amazed at the orange peel and low gloss on the vertical surfaces - worst I've seen from BMW. I looked at the other Bimmers in our stable ( '12 650 vert, '12 750, '11 Z4) and although not perfect they are a hell of a lot better than the Spartanburg paint.

Sometimes one can color sand the clear and work most of it out, but I doubt if it would clean up before busting through the clear. Amazing BMW can't paint any better than this

The best paint I've ever had on a new car was a Mazda Millenia S; better than the 3 Porsches, MB, my RS6, ... BMW wins the race to the bottom I guess
Your other BMW is white and mojave... pretty unfair comparison to carbon black.

Fundamental difference between BMW and other manufacturers is that BMW uses a powder clear coat. Powder is more environmentally friendly in that the overspray can be recycled instead of being lost in the water floor. Powder can also have significantly more orange peel based on electrostatics and is much harder to get smooth than liquid clear. Lexus is by far the best as they use older liquid paints and lay it on super thick. That gives their cars that candy coated appearance.
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