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    Post New Happy Owner from Down Under

    Hiya Peoples,

    I have recently acquired a VT 'young gun' and I am really over the moon about it so far.

    Can anyone give me some useful tips on how to keep this magnificent matte-finish to keep on looking superb? I am really worried that I might do something to botch it.

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    Hey mate!

    Welcome aboard from another Aussie! About to get a Petrol Grey matte VT myself and I've researched care and Dr Beasley's seems to be the go. I'm going to get this kit, Car Care Products / Dr. Beasley's / Exterior / Matte Paint & Vinyl / Matte Paint Protection Kit

    Spot cleaner, matte finish car wash, sealer and final finish. Never use wax or polish and only use good quality microfibre cloths. I'm also going to get a pressure washer to make my life easier too!

    Hit up the Dr Beasley site for good tips on caring for a matte finish. Overall it's no harder than maintaining a gloss finish, just a different way of doing things.

    Oh and would love to see some pics!

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    Hey Big G.

    Thanks for the welcome and tips.

    I have spoken to the guys at auto bahn and they recommended to use Meguiars products as it is the most compatible with matte paints. The three products are `soft wash gel` which I started using and seems to be alright. I am contemplating whether to get the other two: For spot cleaning- Ultimate Quick Detailer and for protecting that precious finish- Ultimate Quick Wax.

    Can you or anyone please verify just how safe these products are to use?

    As for the pics, I`ll try man :-)

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    Hey fellow Aussie - im a salesperson for Hyundai in QLD and the one that big giant is actually getting his car through. Before you go buy anything, it shows that the Autobarn guys have no idea as that wax will instantly destroy your Matte finish. Any wax or polish on the Matte paints will gloss it up and therefore turn it from matte to gloss finish. The best way to keep it clean is basic washing (preferably with a pressure washer), a pure alcohol cleaner for spot cleaning and a microfibre cloth. Make sure no grit is getting rubbed in and dont push too hard with any cloths while washing or cleaning unless you want a gloss spot.

    Hope I helped!

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    Hi Maximum.

    When you say 'basic cleaning', you mean, just use plain water with no car soap and dry with microfibre cloth and that's it?

    As for spot cleaning, I bought an ammonia free window cleaner, is this alright to use? I do have some isopropyl alcohol. Will this be safe to use for spot cleaning? I will mix it with deionised water for dilution. Maybe 50:50 each parts?

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    Well said Max, that Ultimate Quick Wax would be terrible to use.

    I've heard that if your car isn't that dirty a good pressure wash (water only) will do nicely but do dry it off with a nice clean and soft microfibre cloth.

    You also need a PH neutral car wash for when you give it a proper wash. I wouldn't trust Autobarn or anywhere with much really lol.

    I've been reading everything I can on matte paint care in preparation and as I said, it's no harder, just a different way of doing things.

    I would encourage you to have a good look at the Dr Beasley site for tips, you want to keep that awesome matte finish looking good after all!
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    So the Meguiars soft gel wash should be safe to use since it is pH neutral.

    One thing I've noticed though, the metallic paint is quite pronounced and really stands out against a matte finish. Hope this is normal.

    It seems that I may have no other choice but to order some of the Dr. Beasley's products. It's a bit pricey but for a peace of mind, why not ey?

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    Do you mean a metallic VT is very different to the matte? That's what I'm liking about it, something truly different.

    At this stage I will be grabbing the Dr Beasley stuff unless another matte owner comes on and gives some real world experience with other products/methods etc.

    Got a pic of your car yet?

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    Trawling the net, I found this:

    " Unfortunately, as others have already mentioned, waxing a matte finish is going to start putting a shine to it so you're very limited in choices. A light application of our Ultimate Quik Wax, preferably sprayed onto a microfiber towel and then wiped onto the paint, is about the best you're going to be able to do. Keep in mind that if you start to get any fine swirls or even very light scratches in this paint, you can NOT buff them out. Doing so will leave a very shiny spot on the car - the scratch will be gone but the shiny area will likely be even more noticeable than the scratch was.

    BMW offers a similar paint, with a multi part release form that the purchaser must sign prior to delivery stating he understands the downfalls of such a paint finish.

    Swissvax does make a wax specifically for matte finishes, but at almost $20 per application it's a bit pricey. Ultimate Quik Wax will likely give you a very similar appearance and a good bit of protection, for pennies per application.

    Stay away from our polish/waxes like Gold Class Carnauba Plus, NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 or Ultimate Wax as the polishing oils in them will start to add gloss to the finish. Ultimate Quik Detailer can be used regularly, between washes, to remove light dust and fingerprints without adding gloss.

    Michael Stoops
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    (800) 854-8073 xt 3875
    mstoops@meguiars.com "

    What do you make of this man? This is coming right from the source itself. Mmmmm.....

    No pics yet, been so busy at work. Maybe on the weekend.

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    Another vague but some useful info: http://www.automobilemag.com/feature..._buff_me_bro/#

    Wish I'd find an article that is clear, concise and direct to the point. So far, the ones I've found (there are a lot of them now) has been vague and feels incomplete which leaves you with more questions. Sheesh!

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    Personally I'd stay away from any product that has a waxing component in it. That Maguire's stuff is formulated for a gloss finish so regardless of how sparingly you put it on it's still got those fillers in which are ultimately going to have an adverse effect on the mate finish. I'm sure they'd be aware of Dr Beasley's stuff but being a competitor with which they have no comparable product it's no wonder there's no mention of them.

    Hit up this link Matte Paint Prescription as it has all the stuff and info and directions on how best to use it.

    Your paintwork is too valuable to risk to chance.

    BTW, I have no affiliation with Dr Beasley, just passing on the info I've managed to gather so far. After looking at all thei stuff I'm going to use their sealer as soon as possible once I pick my car up. It's the matte version of wax basically but with no filler or silicone etc, plus much easier to apply - watch the video and you'll be 'WTF?' Just click on the Directions tab to see the videos, explains it all.

    This is good too, why you can't use wax... Why You Can't Use Wax on Matte Paint Finishes

    And this one, to reassure you that matte paint is good mkay? Matte Paint Care Myths: DEBUNKED

    It's a niche market right now so not loads of info around.

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    Hey Big G, thanks for all useful and informative links you have provided.

    Caring for a matte paint is maybe more simple than gloss and yet it still complicated at the same time. Maybe it's due to the fact of the scarcity of dedicated products available solely for matte paints.

    Looked around for some Aussie or imported products on the shelves of retail stores, Auto acc, etc. and so far, no such thing exists.

    Looks like it'd be dr. Beasley's for the time being though. It's expensive, but it's worth it.

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    Hey mate I just purchased a petrol Grey in Brissie couple a weeks ago & I found a shop on the net called Car Car Products, they have a few different products available for keeping matte paint clean, u could check them out I think they are in Sydney


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    Sorry that was Car Care Products


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    Thanks Rotary, I'll check it out.

    A surreal thing happened to me this arvo. I went to our local TAFE college to talk to one of the teachers that teaches auto body repairs and spray painting about me getting some tips and some products specifically for matte finish. Before I realised what was happening, I had about 40+ students and other teachers combined, oggling, staring, eyeballing, touching, feeling, uttering words like, 'amazing, the matte paint looks so cool, how the matte finish greatly enhances the curves and crevices of the car, wow look at the exhaust tips, is this the sports version?' and other countless superlatives. lol

    I felt like Maximum for the next 1/2 hour there. Whew.

    A pity I forgot to take some pics to show you guys and to immortalise the moment.
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    Also new here! Ive got a veloster+
    welcome nevertheless!

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