Issue with imported model - strange artifacts


I created this model in Modo and exported it as an FBX many years ago. It sat on my hard drive until recently when I decided to bring it into Maya. I planned on refreshing/reworking the model to prepare it for a small personal animation project. Unfortunately I cannot figure out what is going on with the thing. It seems no matter what I do, I cannot get it “clean” (for lack of a better term). There are strange black artifacts all over the model when it is not smoothed. Press #3 to smooth and the artifacts disapear. I deleted all previous surface settings and applied Ai Standard Surface to all objects in the scene. I have tried with and without UV’s. I dont quite understand what the issue is. I am just a hobbyist, however, I have been using Maya for many years. I am sure there are some experts out there who can point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance.

Anyone have any ideas what may be going on?


Unlock your normals.


That did the trick!

Thank you. Much appreciated.!


This video also helps.


Thank you for the video. Appreciate your time.