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Nowadays I See Quite A Few Cars With Matt Paint


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Posted 25 October 2013 - 10:02 AM

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Matt paint is more difficult to take care isn't it?

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:38 PM

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QUOTE (CoffeeDude @ Oct 25 2013, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Matt paint is more difficult to take care isn't it?

Musty know how to take care.
I remember on one of the Start Motoring issue, few weeks back, had an article by our Grand Master Darren on matte paint... smile_tongue.gif

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 11:23 PM

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QUOTE (CoffeeDude @ Oct 25 2013, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Matt paint is more difficult to take care isn't it?


In many different ways (vs clearcoated paintwork), matt paint also presents specific maintenance headaches.
The extent of the headache depends on how the matt paintwork was sprayed. There are many cheapskate methods used to create el'cheapo matt paintwork and these will present more problems.

Most matt paintworks have a rougher surface. When you encounter the usual stains (bird crap, tree sap ect), you shd not use a rotary with abrasive polishes and/or compounds as it'll turn the matt surface into a slight "stain" look. You'll hv to rely mostly on liquid cleaners, APCs ect to do the job. Applying the wrong LSPs onto it will create ugly uneven patches and smudges.

IMO, matt paintwork shd be relegated to weekend "show-off" vehicles thats parked indoors most of the time.
Not practical on daily driven vehicles unless its washed a few times a week to prevent any stains.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:45 PM

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Wah! then is more difficult to maintain..... smile_shock.gif

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:29 PM

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QUOTE (jklow123 @ Oct 26 2013, 11:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In many different ways (vs clearcoated paintwork), matt paint also presents specific maintenance headaches.
The extent of the headache depends on how the matt paintwork was sprayed. There are many cheapskate methods used to create el'cheapo matt paintwork and these will present more problems.

Most matt paintworks have a rougher surface. When you encounter the usual stains (bird crap, tree sap ect), you shd not use a rotary with abrasive polishes and/or compounds as it'll turn the matt surface into a slight "stain" look. You'll hv to rely mostly on liquid cleaners, APCs ect to do the job. Applying the wrong LSPs onto it will create ugly uneven patches and smudges.

IMO, matt paintwork shd be relegated to weekend "show-off" vehicles thats parked indoors most of the time.
Not practical on daily driven vehicles unless its washed a few times a week to prevent any stains.


You just need to understand how to care for matte finishes. We have plenty of cars under our care that are used as daily drives and do not have issues. As long as the owners understand the delicate care it requires it rarely presents problems. Labelling them as "show-off" vehicles seems rather contrived...
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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:39 AM

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Question: Is aftermarket matt paint street legal?

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:32 AM

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QUOTE (macdude @ Oct 27 2013, 08:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You just need to understand how to care for matte finishes. We have plenty of cars under our care that are used as daily drives and do not have issues. As long as the owners understand the delicate care it requires it rarely presents problems. Labelling them as "show-off" vehicles seems rather contrived...

How do you fix scratches on a matte finish?

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:45 AM

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QUOTE (CoffeeDude @ Oct 28 2013, 10:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How do you fix scratches on a matte finish?


Two options:

Restorative
1) Repaint the affected panel

Preventative
1) Wrap the crucial sections with specialised paintwork protection film which in turn becomes the sacrificial layer. Highly recommended when the car is brand-new.

Photo below shows the LP 570-4 Superleggera ET which comes in a factory-painted matte black finish which has been protected by our custom-ordered matte paintwork protection film taking away any concerns the owner would have otherwise with the delicate paintwork:


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:47 AM

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QUOTE (KrisMas @ Oct 28 2013, 08:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Question: Is aftermarket matt paint street legal?

Why not? What issues from paintwork? A faded gloss paint also becomes matte finish, right?....haha smile_big.gif

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:06 AM

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QUOTE (vr2turbo @ Oct 29 2013, 07:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why not? What issues from paintwork? A faded gloss paint also becomes matte finish, right?....haha smile_big.gif

I know camouflage or matt army green colour is definitely a no-no (illegal) for normal cars. Just wondering whether 'matting' the original colour or altogether changing to another matt colour is legal.....just wondering....