Cars with matte paint finishes have become quite trendy in recent years because of their sandy texture and non-reflective surface. This is the opposite of the once-sought-after glossy shine and bling of the cars of yesteryear. Matte finishes, though, come at a cost. We’ll explain the downsides of this type of auto paint.
Scratches Stand Out
Unfortunately, blemishes are far more noticeable on a cars with matte finish. Scratches are also more difficult to remove because restoration through polishing or wet sanding is ineffective. Furthermore, most owners are unable to find the exact color shade to fill in the scratch. This leaves only two options: leaving the scratch as is or a repaint. The latter is really expensive due to the requirement of a special additive for the clearcoat.
You cannot polish matte paint because it will create a shine, thus defeating the whole appeal of a flat finish. You will have to use a cleaner specifically formulated for matte finishes. You will also need to use a matte paint sealer and matte protection film for the best surface preservation. All in all, matte paint is more expensive to maintain. This is why the finish is only found on high-end vehicles.
Also, the paint is also more vulnerable to the abrasive materials in a drive-through car wash. Only wash by hand.
Due to the higher risk of damage to the paint, most manufacturers don’t provide additional warranties for a repaint. This means maintaining the paint and sheen is entirely up to you.
We Repaint Matte-Painted Cars
Did your car incur a blemish from a collision, runaway shopping cart, or bird doo? Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body for a complete or partial auto repaint. Cars with matte paint especially require professional care in order to retain their flat appearance.
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