Hard hat is just another name for melonite. Melonite wins for toughness but is applied at very high temps. That's what newer DW'a use. Talked to John Harrison about it and he doesn't recommend it. The high temps affect fit after treatment.
GenIII wears extremely well for a shake and bake finish. It also is the best looking spray on finish out of all that I have seen. It's not going to be as tough as the melonite type finishes but IMO it looks better.
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