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?
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.
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?
" 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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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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