I'm sure there is some aesthetic advantage to soft paint but damn if I know what it is. BMW's definitely have the softest paint of any car I've ever owned.
"what I'm driving here...is an ending." Jeremy Clarkson
2010 Carrara White Porsche Cayman 6mt
2014 Whiteout Toyota GT-86 6mt(Sold 05/23/15)
2011 Alpine White BMW M3 6mt ZCP Coupe(forced retirement 06/06/14)
2008 Alpine White BMW 328i 6mt Coupe(retired 06/21/11)