In this thread, owners of matte gray can discuss care, issues and enjoyment of our paint jobs! I figured we deserve our own thread due to the special nature of the paint. There may be tips and tricks that come up as our ownership goes along.
As we know, for the 2013 Matte Gray VTs, we get a Dr. Beasley's Matte Care Kit with our cars. Here is the product: Matte Paint Prescription
I'd also like to share some links from Dr. Beasley's regarding matte paint in case some of you haven't seen them.
Matte Paint Care Myths: DEBUNKED
Maintaining Matte Paint Is Easy
I bought my car this past weekend. Drove home in a rain storm. Once I got home, I promptly used the matte body wash to clean the car off, then used the matte paint sealant. So far, I've been bird bombed and yesterday I drove home in a horrible rain storm with flooded roads and dirty water splashing on the car from splashes in front of me and next to me by other cars and trucks. Much of it was dirty road water as it came from industrial and contruction areas. Overnight, there was also heavy rains.
So far, the matte paint still looks flawless after all that. I am not sure how much of it has to do with the durability of the clear coat over the paint or the matte paint sealant from Dr. Beasley's, but I have to say so far I am happy with the durability after these first two tests. I'd highly recommend keeping the matte final finish and a couple microfiber detailing cloths in your car to wipe anything up you feel might damage the paint if kept on long term, and for new matte buyers, I'd recommend sealing the car for peace of mind the day you take delivery.
The wash and sealing took me no more than 45 minutes. Even though the sealant says it lasts hundreds of washes and a few months, I might put on another layer of sealant this weekend for added protection. With the small size of the car, I'd say it should take no more than 30 minutes to wash the car yourself.