FAC­TORY OR­ANGE PEEL

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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.

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