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Hard Paint vs. Soft Paint

Road & Track logo Road & Track 2018-06-02 Brian Silvestro
An explainer for how a car's paint hardness determines what sort of detailing methods to use.: Hard Paint vs. Soft Paint© AMMO NYC Hard Paint vs. Soft Paint

In the detailing world, the terms "hard paint" and "soft paint" are thrown around a lot. But what do they actually mean, and how does it affect caring for your car? Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC is here to explain. 

Kosilla explains that the terms "hard" and "soft" should be looked at not as two sides of a coin, but rather on a spectrum. If a paint can be easily adjusted with polishing and repair, it's considered soft. As it becomes more difficult to adjust and repair, it becomes categorized as harder and harder.

Kosilla mentions that no car is exactly the same-cars of the same make and model could have different paint structures for any given reason, so it's up to the detailer to experiment on each individual car and find out for themselves what level of paint they're dealing with. 

But that's just a simple explanation. Kosilla put together a full video explaining how paint structure differs, and what methods to use once the paint's strength is determined.


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