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The Suzuka (Japan) factory has never been known for great paint jobs. Both the NSX and S2000 also had orange peel issues. The new water-based paints are harder to level and are seriously affected by humidity. U.S. made cars do not seem to suffer to the same extent in paint quality, probably due to better controlled humidity in U.S. factories. Even Canadian and Mexican factories seem to produce better paint jobs.

On the plus side, the thickness of the clear coat on most cars, including the CR-Z is sufficient to have it color sanded and buffed. And small scratches, like you've experienced should rub out easily with a mild rubbing compound. The clear coat hardness should improve with age. But you're right, it does seem softer than many contemporary cars.
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