What are some bad car paint job signs?

My car's fresh paint job is a disaster. It looked good in the shop, but in the sunlight, it was streaky and uneven. Luckily, they offered a refund. What are some bad car paint job signs I should look for before I leave the shop?

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Answer provided by
Melanie Mergen
Answered on Apr 13, 2022
Sorry to hear this happened to you! Glad to hear you at least got your money back. Lighting can definitely be deceptive when you’re evaluating a paint job.
These are some common signs your recent paint job might not have been up to par:
  • Uneven paint texture: Bad paint application techniques can give your car’s fresh paint job a texture that looks and feels uneven.
  • Inconsistent color: Poorly mixed or unevenly applied paint can mean inconsistent color that doesn’t match your vehicle’s original shade.
  • Overspray: You might notice overspray or subtle paint speckling on a part of your car that should have been covered while the paint was being sprayed on a different area.
  • Bad sanding: If your car is getting dent repair, this might require some sanding work before painting gets underway. A bad sanding job under your new paint job can still be noticed on the surface
  • Running paint: A bad paint job on a car can run in streaks and dry that way.
If the shop is too dimly lit, there’s no harm in asking them to pull your car outside so you can take a better look at the work you’re paying for.
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