Painting Hot Rod Black With Matte Clear: Everything You Should Know

June 21, 2019

Not long ago, any matte black hot rod paint jobs Huntington Beach, CA could offer were something only the most hardcore fans of custom car modifications bothered with. However, times have changed, and hot rods painted black with matte clear are used a lot more often these days.

But what are the pros and cons of matte black car paint? Does matte black paint need a clear coat? How should you go about spray-painting matte black hot rod paint on your classic car?

These are all frequently asked questions about matte paint jobs, and we're going to answer some of them in this article. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Is flat spray paint the same as matte?

It really depends on who you ask. Some paint manufacturers and paint shop technicians consider matte paints to be slightly more glossy that flat ones. This is due to the presence of a small amount of paint gloss and other ingredients that serve to give the matte paint its subtle reflective quality.

Flat paints, on the other hand, are supposed to be completely non-reflective. However, unless both the matte and the flat paint jobs have been washed to the point of being 100% pristine, it's often impossible to tell which is which at a glance.

As a result, the majority of car owners consider flat spray paint to be effectively the same thing as matte spray paint. Whatever paint you choose, you should always make sure it observes the current car customization regulations in your state.

What is matte black finish?

A matte black finish is a satin or dull black pigment that's applied on the surface of a vehicle. Matte paints aren't glossy, but instead possess a somewhat flat or dull surface. Black matte finishes on classic cars used to be rare, but have grown increasingly popular in recent years.

There's no denying it: matte black finishes look outstanding. However, this amazing appearance comes at the cost of a few drawbacks that make them unattractive to people who just need their cars to get from point A to point B.

Things to consider when choosing a matte black finish include:
  • Matte black paint jobs are generally more expensive.

  • Any scratches on the paint tend to be more visible and can't be removed by sanding, polishing, or waxing.

  • They don't get additional warranties from car manufacturers.

  • You must use specialized waxes and soaps to avoid damaging the paint job.

Needless to say, none of the above should be a problem to a classic car aficionado. After all, what's a little extra effort compared to the joy of cruising in your beloved muscle car past the Huntington Beach State Park while the Sun sets on the horizon?

 

Is matte paint easy to clean?

Cleaning black matte paint is no different than washing any other type of paint by hand. We say "by hand", because abrasive cleaning methods like automatic washers run the risk of scratching your matte paint job, and should be avoided.

By making sure you're using a matte-friendly wax and washing soap, you'll be able to keep your beloved oldtimer spotless without a problem. Just don't make the mistake of using a standard wax, as it runs the risk of spoiling the matte look.

Who supplies the top hot rod paint jobs Huntington Beach, CA has to offer?

Here at Chimera Motors, we pride ourselves on our status as the top provider of classic car paint jobs, repair, and maintenance in California. Between our cutting-edge tools, superbly-trained technicians, and high-end premises, we are uniquely positioned to give your car the perfect matte finish.

Reach out to us today, so that we may answer any questions you may have, and give suggestions on how best to go about painting your hot rod.

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