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Old 01-11-2008, 03:55 PM
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Matte Black Vs. Flat Black

Whats the difference, and could you provide photos as well?

Which do you prefer?

What about cleaning? Polishes and waxing as well? Upsides downsides etc??



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Old 01-11-2008, 04:36 PM
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As far as I know, the are VERY close. Flat is well, flat. Matte is just a little less flat. But not quite a semi gloss.
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There are hundreds of shades to choose from and the lighting plays a part as well. Viewing them from a picture on a PC/laptop just won't show it well enough.

http://www.goldenpaints.com/products.../heavybody.php
http://www.fastdecals.com/color_chart.htm
http://www.autotrimdesign.com/Standa...hart-Vinyl.htm
http://www.scale-models.nl/Colour_Ch...a_colour_chart

Here's a link to a Detailer's forum regarding matte paint care on an Enzo

http://autopia.org/forum/car-detaili...lack-cars.html

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I would go with matte. Matte black is darker than flat black and, when clean, almost has a sheen to it.
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Old 01-12-2008, 11:13 PM
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As far as a cleaner/wax for matte paint I always used Mother's Back To Black. It's great for cleaning the white wax residue off of the matte paint as well. Just wipe it on, wait a few minutes and then wipe off the excess.

http://www.aboutcars.org/automobile_...sin=B0002U1TXK
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Old 01-12-2008, 11:32 PM
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...What about cleaning? Polishes and waxing as well? Upsides downsides etc??...
I had the matt black "Boxer" paint trim applied to my car a few years ago, as that was the original finish on my car when new and I can say that it makes cleaning my car much easier and quicker. Especially when it comes to waxing; it doesn't need to be done (I only have to do the upper half of my car)! For this paint finish, simply cleaning with soapy water keeps it looking great.
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One thing I would always do when thinking about painting a car of F or L pedigry... is take a few sample peices to have painted so I can see the differences in my hand while standing next to my car. No substitute for having the color, from the painter who will do the work, on a part you can see, feel, and get used to infront of you in all lighting conditions your car will be in normally.
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fLAT black should be left to customcars in my book.
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