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    ClearCoat Hardness

    Is there a chart/guide availible that shows hardness of different auto manufactor's clearcoats?

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    Re: ClearCoat Hardness

    Not that I'm aware of and it wouldn't be practical.

    Car manufactures change paint systems as new technology is introduced. Cars get wrecked and get repainted, some/most people can't tell if the paint on the car they're working on is factory or repaint.

    The best way to know if a paint is hard or soft or better terms are workable or polishable, is to get a lot of experience working on a lot of cars.

    Lots of cars = lots of paint systems


    I have a three articles on this topic in the "Hot Topics" forum group on MOL, the first explains the issue pretty well...



    Paint Workability - The Hardness or Softness of your car's paint

    "You don't how hard or soft your paint is until you go out into your garage and work on your car"


    What is the meaning of soft paint?


    Polishable & Polishability - Paint Hardness or Softness


    Polishable: - Pol ish a ble
    Capable of being polished

    Polishability - Pol ish a bil i ty
    To the degree a surface or coating can be polished



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    Re: ClearCoat Hardness

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    Not that I'm aware of and it wouldn't be practical.

    Car manufactures change paint systems as new technology is introduced. Cars get wrecked and get repainted, some/most people can't tell if the paint on the car they're working on is factory or repaint.

    The best way to know if a paint is hard or soft or better terms are workable or polishable, is to get a lot of experience working on a lot of cars.

    Lots of cars = lots of paint systems


    I have a three articles on this topic in the "Hot Topics" forum group on MOL, the first explains the issue pretty well...





    Paint Workability - The Hardness or Softness of your car's paint

    "You don't how hard or soft your paint is until you go out into your garage and work on your car"


    What is the meaning of soft paint?


    Polishable & Polishability - Paint Hardness or Softness


    Polishable: - Pol ish a ble
    Capable of being polished

    Polishability - Pol ish a bil i ty
    To the degree a surface or coating can be polished



    Now off to set up for our Dampsanding Class for a Show Car Finish...






    Thanks Mike,I will read your articles.
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    Re: ClearCoat Hardness

    "Dampsanding"?

    Just when I thought I was to the point where I understood "wetsanding".

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    Re: ClearCoat Hardness

    Moved to Detailing 101

    The Hot Topics and Frequently Asked Questions are for "Hot Topic Articles" and articles that answer Frequently Asked Questions, not for how-to questions...


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