In the article I say that urethane paints are superior to lacquer paints. I only paint with urethane products. Lacquer and enamels are much weaker finishes and do not hold up to the elements like the modern paints do that we use in bodyshops. I said that base coat is similar to lacquer in that it dries by a mechanical process rather than chemical. The chemicals used and painting process are two separate arguments. Single stage urethane is essentially a tinted clear coat that is not applied in two parts, and is still widely used on industrial trucks and military and restoration applications because it actually is more durable and looks much nicer to the eye in clarity. Single stage urethane will never peel apart because there is no base coat that can fail as it is a catalyzed structure instead of air dry.

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