Fish eyes, cissing, silicones, poor wetting, saucering, pits, craters


Small, crater-like opening in the finish after it has been applied.

Causes / Origin

1. Improper surface cleaning or preparation. (Many waxes and polishes contain silicone, the most common cause of fish eyes. Silicones adhere firmly to the paint film and require extra effort for their removal. Even small quantities in sanding dust, rags, or from cars being polished nearby can cause this failure.)

2. Effects of the old finish or previous repair. (Old finish or previous repair may contain excessive amounts of silicone from additives used during their application. Usually solvent wiping will not remove embedded silicone.)

3. Contamination of air lines, by water or oil.


1. Precautions should be taken to remove all traces of silicone by thoroughly cleaning.

2. Add Fish Eye Eliminator. (The use of Fish Eye Eliminator is in no way a replacement for good surface preparation.)

3. Drain and clean air pressure regulator daily to remove trapped moisture and dirt. Air compressor tank should also be drained daily.


After affected coat has set up, apply another double coat of color containing the recommended amount of Fish Eye Eliminator. In severe cases, affected areas should be sanded down and refinished.

Produced Due To Or During:

Maintenance of Equipment
Surface Preparation / Cleaning

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