Does baking improve the cross linking and performance characteristics of a 2K finish or does it just speed up the air drying? I’m actually just curious, not knowing the answer myself.There are good cabinet paints out there. I think the problem begins when customers (and even some painters) expect non-factory finishes to equal the durability of a quality baked on factory finish. And that just doesn't happen.
Been putting out 2K finishes for about 13 years now and I’d almost bet that air dried 2K’s are no less durable than if baked, although I could be wrong.
A few out by me are running automated lines with UV cured finishes, no doubt better.
Another expectation is that an off-the-gun finish will look as good as a finish coming out of a quality millwork shop. Although some off-the-gun finishes look pretty good at best, IMO, an off-the-gun finish isn’t quite done. Many painters and shop finishers including myself often skip the the post-spray hand work due to budget or time constraints, the post-spray hand work bringing the finishes up to entirely different level...more of a furniture or even musical instrument grade quality. I’ve never been totally satisfied with any of my off-the-gun finishes, especially since switching to WB for the most part...