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Old 03-18-2017, 02:31 AM
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Default Experience and thoughts regarding protective wrap over matte paint

I love Grigio Titans, but want to protect it from damage once I start getting the car out this spring. Has anyone done a clear protective wrap over their matte paint? Any damage when it's removed?

I hate the thought of covering it up. Especially since it will likely lead to comments on the matte finish just being a wrap. But it's a fragile enough paint that I think extra protection is warranted.
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I have no matte paint but used clear XPEL to protect front and side of the car. The wrapper offered me a gloss, matte or satin finish and showed me a matte grey SLR that was protected with a satin finish. They told me that there is no difference in quality and durability but the matte paint has to be prepared more intensively with a coating before they apply the film. This will make it easier to remove after 5 years or so.

But I personally don't think that the matte paint is more fragile than glossy one. To me the surface feels harder and washing/detailing is easier. Also you'll not see the many fingerprints on the doors after parked in the city (but you'll see them on the windows).

BTW, I have let them first do the mirrors to see how it comes out as I was worried that the color will look different. But it was perfect and let them do the whole front and side rockers. This will not let you judge how well it can be removed but gives you an idea if the look of the paint will be different with the film on it.
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If you want some products that are top shelf for caring for matte finishes, try these. They will care for the parts that you may not clear-wrap.
They sell complete matte care kits and individual items ( la carte). Pricey, but they work.
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I used Xpel Stealth on my matte black paint and it look great!!! Rest of the car is Xpel Ultimate and it also looks great! Highly recommended!!
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BTW, I have let them first do the mirrors to see how it comes out as I was worried that the color will look different. But it was perfect and let them do the whole front and side rockers. This will not let you judge how well it can be removed but gives you an idea if the look of the paint will be different with the film on it.
Good idea on doing a small area like the mirrors to check it first!
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I agree with wrapping the most vulnerable parts, but the rest should get C-Quartz Ceramic paint protection. I did 2016 in the CQuartzs with no wrap at all. Only thing I didn't like was that it cost as much as full wrap.
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Is it safe to put clear bra on Matte paint? Won't it pull the paint?
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Is it safe to put clear bra on Matte paint? Won't it pull the paint?
No. Just prepare the paint well at first with a coating and put a matte clear film on it. With this the film can be better removed later.
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If you want some products that are top shelf for caring for matte finishes, try these. They will care for the parts that you may not clear-wrap.
They sell complete matte care kits and individual items ( la carte). Pricey, but they work.
Matte Cars - Matte Paint Prescription | Dr. Beasley's Page 1
Thanks for the recommendation. All my usual go to brands fail to carry a matte line. So I'll have to start trying new detailing products! Swissvax was another one I've read good things about. But not sure if it's because the product is good, or because it was the only thing on the market for some time.
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Thanks for the recommendation. All my usual go to brands fail to carry a matte line. So I'll have to start trying new detailing products! Swissvax was another one I've read good things about. But not sure if it's because the product is good, or because it was the only thing on the market for some time.
I live about half an hour away from the Swissvax headquarter and gave them my H for correcting the paint. I also attended a class for detailing and we used their products on a matte car. Result was perfect ! The products are expensive (I use car bath, Lotus speed and Autobahn wheel wax) but they also last long.

If you use XPEL to protect your matte paint then use their own maintenance products. The wrapper offered them to me but told me that other products like Swissvax work too without a doubt. The local Mercedes dealer also has a care line for their matte colors. I'm sure you can't go wrong with any of these
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