Matte-paint finishes shine at SEMA
By Jake Lingeman
A tour around the halls that make up the SEMA show confirms the growing popularity of the matte finish for car exteriors.
So what's new now? Two things:
1. All the colors of the rainbow are fair game--not just the typical white, black and gray. Olive green? No problem. We've spotted the matte look on burgundy, beige and blue, too.
But there are drawbacks to a matte finish. It's hard to keep clean, you have to keep wax away and eventually it'll polish itself because of the elements.
But there are positives, too: It looks great on most cars, you don't ever have to wax it, and it's easier to do at home than a polished finish.
2. Because the mattle look is popular, there's an easier and less expensive way to get it--matte wraps. The material gives almost the exact same look as matte paint but for a fraction of the cost. A quick search brought up results for as low as $650 to wrap a car, and a few hundred more for a truck or SUV.
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I would say performance cars looks awesome with a matte finish but it doesn't work on all the other A to B cars.
I like the matte finish but like Donnie said it should only be used on performance vehicles. One of the most expensive production cars in the world has a matte finish (the Lambo Reventon).
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