FACTORY ORANGE PEEL
I have a Mustang Club of America (MCA) judging question and your answer will help determine who I will have paint my Boss 429 Mustang. My best painter refuses to refinish my Boss 429 with single-stage paint with noticeable factory-look orange peel. The MCA rules state a 3-point deduction for no orange peel in concours classes. I’ve heard that in the Thoroughbred class it could be more. Is that correct? I personally don’t like orange peel in the paint, but I like everything else as close to original as possible. Please explain the Thoroughbred rules on orange peel. Name Withheld Via the Internet
The MCA Thoroughbred class has a mandatory 3-point deduction for no orange peel in the paint. Orange peel must be consistent throughout the exterior body panels, jambs, and underside of hood, decklid, etc. If only the highly visible areas of the exterior like the sides, roof, hood, and fenders are orange peel-free, and the not-sovisible lower doors, fenders, quarters, and bottom of hood have orange peel, then there is a workmanship issue. The workmanship deduction could be more than the mandatory deduction. At the MCA Grand National the Thoroughbred class cars are judged on a 4-post lift highlighting the orange peel or lack of orange peel for the judges.