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There was a time (back before robotic arms began painting cars) when orange peel was considered a blatant paint flaw, a sign of a coat applied too heavily. A good car finish used to be mirror smooth, with no texture. "Orange peel" now seems common among many new cars. Since the orange peel is pretty much consistent over the entire surface of the car, customers now accept this as the status quo for a paint job.

I was window shopping for Odysseys last week and noticed a Granite Green '02 that had it's fair share of orange peel. The new Civics on the lot were even worse.

I probably wouldn't let this fact sway my decision because I haven't looked at the competition's paint jobs that closely. New minivan euphoria aside, how does your Odyssesy's paint stack up against other newer vehicles that you own?
 

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My '01 GG has one very slight paint defect on the left rear quarter panel - appears the paint ran just a little; it's only about 1-1/2" long. I didn't discover it until I clayed the van about 2 months after purchase. It's nowhere near significant enough to have the dealer's paint apes try to correct it and thereby make it worse. Other than that one very small defect, which no one but myself knows about or will ever notice, the paint job is flawless. After claying and Zainoing, it absolutely shines. Looks even better at night. No trace or hint anywhere of the orange peel problem. This van definitely has the best paint job of any vehicle I've ever owned, new or used.
 

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I've noticed the Orange peel on my 2002 GG Ody as well. Other than the Orange peel (which does seem fairly extensive) it's a nice paint job (i.e., very shiney). My '98 Ford Windstar did not have much orange peel, nor does my '98 Camry.

The orange peel doesn't bother me that much. It's just a bit disappointing as I thought Hondas in general did not suffer from these types of problems The Ody is my first Honda).

Keep in mind I'm still *very* satisfied with this purchase so far, and I would do it again, even with the orange peel. The car is perfect otherwise.

Dennis

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I have some very minor orange peel on my Odyssey, but you have to look hard to see it (ie. stand at the perfect angle). I'm rather particular about my vehicles so I notice things like that... sometimes I actually try to look and find things wrong with them. Actually the paint is pretty nice overall on my van, and much better than the paint on my '01 Chevy 2500HD crew/cab pickup truck.

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Those with the larger problem are the ones with what they perceive as "lemon" peel.

Jerry O.

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The only paint defect I found on the drivers door of our '02 TW EXL-RES was a small raised paint bubble. Figure we could live with it and not have them repaint the door. Only other problems we had were a door ding on the back panel just underneath the 3rd row window. Had a dentless guy pull that out and have to have the rear bumper resprayed in March due to shipping damage on the underside of the bumper. I still can't believe we have to wait 5 months for the local Honda body shop to fix it. They are that backed up on cars. But since Honda is a fixin we be a waitin.
 

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Our 02 GG has roughly the same quality paint job as our 99 Accord. Both show at least some degree of orange peel effect.

I am disappointed in the Ody's paint coverage, specifically all the "internal" beams, etc. that become "external" when the doors (front and sliding, together) are open. I wish these beams were painted with the same paint as the exterior. That dull grey just doesn't do it for me like the GG does.
 

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The only cars I've seen with no orange peel whatsoever are the laquered, hand rubbed custom jobs, like at custom car shows. They look smooth as glass, but I would suspect they are hard to maintain. All production cars I have seen have orange peel, even BMW's and Mercedes. Some worse than others, but it's still there. Even if a car as substantial orange peel, the paint may still be durable.

On my black Accord, however, the paint is very delicate. Bird droppings, bug guts, and stuff like that damages it very easily. Once as I was passing a school bus a kid spit out the window and hit the hood of my car. I did not get a chance to clean it until that evening, but the damage was already done, a permanent blemish on the hood. Now I see little cracks developing in the paint on the hood and top, like it's starting to craze. It's a '98.

Paint on my van looks good most of the time, but if the sun is shining on it just right, it looks splotchy. I have seen many silver cars of various makes with this problem. In addition, there is an area on the hood where the metal flakes don't lay quite right, but conditions have to be just right to see it.
 

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well, I do paint for a living, and haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary on my 00 Odyssey. paint looks as good as anything out there....just be glad it's not a Dodge/Chrysler




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My DC Caravan paint was in perfect condition, after seven years......

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My '91 DC Grand Voyager paint was peeling off of it by the time it was 5 yrs old. It was a common problem. Maybe that's what Tricked was referring to. Newer DC products, the paint looks good.
 

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To be perfectly truthful, my DC van spent a lot of time inside that "big door" on the front of our house (the garage, Hee! Hee!). That and the mild (rarely below 30, nor above 80 degrees) weather in our area combined for a pretty easy life for the paint. Lotsa folks seem not to know what the room behind that "big door" is for (most seem to think it is a large closet, or a king-sized junk drawer), so our neighborhood looks like a used car lot, most of the time. Oh, well..........

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actually I was referring to the BRAND NEW Dodge Dakota sport I saw the other day....I was in the civic with my dad, and we pull next to this thing at a light..it was the 'electron blue' looking color...thing looked as shiny as chalk! the orange peel was so bad it has no shine! It was the WORST paint I've EVER seen on a car! and I remember the older, 93+ caravans and such that the paint looked dull and peeled on a regular basis



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1991 Honda Civic SiR: B16A DOHC VTEC powered visit at: http://turbocivic.8m.com
2000 Honda Odyssey LX: Wings West body kit, H&R springs, visit at: http://trickedodyssey.8m.com
1991 Honda Civic Basemodel: Bolt on mods, winter car, visit at: http://trickedodyssey.8m.com/91civicbase.html

Any questions related to honda and your ODY? just email me! [email protected]

Need speed? Need a Tricked Odyssey? www.pri-racing.com
 
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