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Matte Paint Car Care

With modern paint technology more manufacturers are offering matte paintwork as an option for your car, no longer found on just supercars many high performance cars will now come with a few options in matte paint. Standing out from the crowd with a luxuries velvety finish matte paint can be a real header turned and desired look for motor enthusiasts.

We have a selection of products formulated without any added gloss enhancers. These are specifically for the cleaning, care and protection of non-shine, flat paintwork. This includes cars that have satin, matte, or vinyl wrapped surfaces. Matte or satin finishes are delicate and require specialist shampoos designed not to add gloss. These shampoos are specially formulated without gloss enhancers and can be used on satin or matte paint finishes or matte vinyl wraps.

Clean, Prepare, Protect, the three standard parts of any detail. All require slight adjustments when caring for matte or sating paintwork. Clean, the only change here is to use products without any gloss enhancers so no wash & wax. Prepare, no polishing or rubbing of the paint in any way as this can create gloss; even a clay bar could be a little risky if not used correctly. Protect, again only a small adjustment, any protective product has to be matte specific; be it a ceramic, wax or PPF all can be tailored to not add any gloss.

Ensure your non-gloss car paintwork is protected from the elements. Add durable, hydrophobic protection with a ceramic coating for matte paint car finishes. Available in spray, sealant or wax form, these products will not add any gloss at all. Instead, they simply protect all types of matte and satin paint, along with vinyl wraps.


How hard is it to maintain a matte finish car?

  • No harder than normal gloss paintwork, it still requires cleaning on a regular basis and a good protective layer will help this process. The only difference is you can't "polish out" any mistakes, so properly following product instructions and staying away from products that add gloss will stop you needing to do this.

Can you pressure wash matte or satin paint?

  • Yes. Matte paintwork still has to be hard wearing and as long as you aren't using extreme pressures or dirt killer lances then you shouldn't have any issues. It is always best to check with the manufacturer or body shop before you proceed as a matter of precaution, but the paint should be manufacturer in a way to be used with pressure water.

What happens if you wax a matte car?

  • If you use a standard car wax you will create a glossy area. The first step is to try to remove this chemically with a degreaser or a pre wash which strips waxes. We do have specific matte paintwork waxes designed to give you all the protective properties of a wax but without the increased gloss.

Can I polish matte paintwork?

  • No! This is the number one thing you cannot do with matte paint, polishing will results in a shiny glossy surface. There are techniques to "polish" matte paint, but these take years of knowledge and skill so should be left to the experts.

Remove bird poo on my matte paint?

  • It is important to remove it as quick as possible to avoid bird poo etching. Use a bird poo remover spray or wipe, gently soak the area and with very little pressure wipe off with a clean microfibre cloth. If etching has occurred heat will be the best way to return the surface to normal, seek professional help for this as any further damage or an absolute correct may require body shop spraying.

How do you get water spots off a matte car?

  • This one is simple, a spray or wipe water spot remover will shift this as long as it is fresh water spots. We would recommend to only spray this onto the cloth and not directly onto the paintwork as dried overspray may cause and issue. For water spot etching speak to a professional first to assess the best course of action.

How do I protect my matte car?

  • Wax, Sealant, or a Wrap. A wax is the easiest and safest option, this can be done at home with very little experience. A sealant may require a little more knowledge but offers better long-term protection. Finally, a wrap or PPF is the best for protection but is much more expensive, but you then have the option to apply a wax or ceramic over the top for even more benefits.

Do matte cars scratch easily?

  • No more so than normal gloss cars. The only difference is with a gloss car, light scratches can just be polished out whereas matte paintwork normally ends up needing a respray. The good news, lighter marks like swirls that dull gloss paintwork would not have such a visual effect on matte paint; you may still see them under light but on an overcast day the car wouldn't look much different to the day it came out of the factory.

Do matte cars get dirty fast?

  • No quicker than any other car, it all depends on where and how often you drive. Adding a ceramic sealant to matte or even gloss paintwork will slow down the build up of dirt, keeping it cleaner for longer.

So whatever your matte paintwork needs are we have the products to help keep your pride and joy looking its best for years to come, if you are still unsure, contact us for further help.