Originally Posted by Todd Helme
BMW's are one of those weird brands to 'guess' the clear coat hardness. In general it has been that Sapphire Black always had very very hard clear coat and Jet Black had soft clear coat. I have worked on some BMW's in Jet Black that had crazy hard paint.
When I inquired further, I was told that cars assembled in Germany tended to have harder paint while cars assembled in the US tended (minus Sapphire Black) to have softer clear coats.
Some of the BMW's I have worked on with harder paint have been much harder than any MB I have ever worked on. It will be interesting to see how this works out.
Very good point. Some alpine white BMWs (non metallic) are extremely hard while others not so much.
I have to be honest I prefer working on harder paints, not rock hard per se but I just find I worry less about towel marring and finishing down. I know on harder paints thats once my compounding stage is complete that I am pretty much on easy street. Withs softer clears its always a toss up.