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Also known as:  Cratering,Fish Eyes,Saucering

Occurs:  During Application,During Drying/Curing



Small impurities are often visible in the centre of the crater.

The most common reasons for this are:

a) Silicone in the environment or on the surface of the substrate; even minute traces are sufficient to cause cissing.

b) Contamination by other sources, such as grease, dried soap, detergent, spray dust, wax, or oil from the spray gun.

c) Incompatible elements in the primer.

d) Saturation by fumes in the spray booth.


b) Thoroughly clean the surface with wax and grease remover. Do not allow cleaning solvents to dry on the surface but remove with a clean dry cloth, using the cloth only once.

Clean surfaces prior to sanding and always ensure that all sanding dust is removed. Prepare bare metal surfaces with metal conditioner.

Repeat the solvent cleaning operation prior to commencing spraying.

Ensure that the spray gun and compressed air equipment is properly maintained.

c) Always use the recommended materials.

d) Ensure that the spraying area is properly ventilated.


In extreme circumstances it may be necessary to use an anti-cissing additive. Always consult the paint manufacturer before using such additives.
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