Sticky Paint

Sticky Paint is a used to describe soft paintwork which becomes somewhat sticky when polished. It is not something the car owner has to worry about, but it makes the task of polishing a car difficult.

The paintwork on a car can be hard or soft, depending on the manufacturer and their suppliers. It's also the case that when a car is new, the paint can be soft but will get harder over a period of years. A car with very hard or very soft paint can be challenging to anyone attempting to machine polish it.

Cars that are imported from the Far-East sometimes have paintwork which behaves very strangely and acts as if it is sticky, holding polishes and compounds, making it very difficult to avoid smears. There are techniques to overcome this issue.