Originally Posted by Rocky Harbour
I have to disagree, yes it may be normal for a Dodge pickup. I also own a 2007 VW Beetle and a 2008 Toyota Yaris. There is no orange peel in the paintwork. They cost 1/2 what my truck did. The truck is covered in it, as well as dirt nibs in the paint.
Really? My business partner just purchased a 2013 BMW M6 Convertible in Black Sapphire Metalic for a hair under 120K. Orange peel city! Some areas more evident than others [fenders almost always seem to be the wrost], but it's covered nonetheless.
If you're certain that your 2007 VW Beetle and your 2008 Toyota Yaris' paint both have zero orange peel, grab yourself a 3M PPS SUN GUN Color Matching Light
and you'll see [orange peel] for yourself; as well as all
the paint defects car paint can hide. Almost all high-end spray/body shops will have at least one of these tools and some of the professional detailing shops; or at least they should.
My point? Orange peel in a car's paint is more evident on some vehicles/colors than others. The evident ones, you can clearly see in the right illumination; even in poor lighting, the obvious ones will pop right out at you. The subtle ones are much harder to visualize, but they're still there. They're just not [as] obvious to the naked eye.
To truly eliminate all orange peel from a car's paint finish involves a sheet load of preperation/sanding prior to each layer's application during the entire paint process. This is an extremely time consuming and just downright tedious work. Read: expensive. To finsh, you have to have superior/flawless spraying techniques as well as equipments used. Simply put: it's an accumulation of things that must come together just right, at just the right time.
I highly doubt the good folkes at Toyota and Volkswagen went to these [extreme] measures on both your rides.
I may be wrong....