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To Shine or Not to Shine?

Matt Paint & Satin are becoming a popular option now and require special care! Discuss your questions and opinions here.

To Shine or Not to Shine?

Postby Admin » Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:12 pm

We all like having shiny cars, but theres a option now thats becoming ever more popular, Matte or Satin paint finishes. This modern and unique look is the new trend on cars. There are benefits and disadvantages to matte paint. Generally, matte finishes hide dirt more adeptly than a glossy finish does, so you may not notice as much when the car is dirty. However, the paint does require care that is quite specific. How to clean this finish can seem confusing at first, since cleaning a car usually requires lots of polishing, but that would take away from this car’s cool look.


Matte Finish Cars: They’re not suppose to shine


First, there are some things to avoid when caring for a matte finish paint. In fact, most products like waxes, sealants and polishes are off-limits, as these will make the finish shiny. The car should be washed by hand using a very soft cloth, gentle car shampoo, and an equally gentle touch. Simple is key here. And since you only need a few products, it helps to invest in good quality items. If you’re in a pinch, you can run itthrough a car wash, but it has to be a no-touch, wax-free wash. And whether you’re cleaning it yourself or having it washed, be very careful not to scratch the finish, as scratches cannot be buffed away.


Matte Finish Care: Throw Out the Detailing Rule Book


One of the foremost concerns about matte paint is staining. Glossy finishes are resistant to things like bird excrement, tree sap, and other contaminants, but matte paint is less able to resist these things. You should not let any of these things sit on your car. Rather than washing the whole vehicle, you can use a stain remover specifically designed for matte finishes. Simply apply and then wipe clean with the same kind of soft cloth you use to wash it. Again, care here is crucial—too much buffing may leave a shiny spot in the finish that is tough to disguise. Matte finish is the new trend on cars, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have staying power. It lends a sleek, elegant look to cars. Although its care may be different than how you’re used to caring for your car, learning how to clean and care for this finish is certainly worth the effort.

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Re: To Shine or Not to Shine?

Postby Admin » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:23 pm

Ultra Detail wrote:Removing a scratch from these matt/satin/frozen finishes seem to be impossible since any form of polishing will make the surface shine, i think that i have
a way of getting round this issue but i shall keep it to myself until i can test it properly :lol:


Oh do share with us :lol:

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Re: To Shine or Not to Shine?

Postby DMD Detailing » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:30 pm

Come on Mr Ultra Detail were waiting :lol:
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