Minor surface defects in the clearcoat film are common place realities in modern automotive painting operations. Finessing and polishing processes are required to remove these defects and restore the clearcoat to its original condition. Evaluation of new clearcoat technologies and polishing processes has always been very subjective. This drove the development of a standardized test method for evaluating the finessability of a clearcoat. In this paper the authors will compare and contrast the differences between the traditional method used to evaluate finessability with the newly developed standardized method. The standardized method shows distinct advantages when evaluating different clearcoat technologies and polishing processes.