Cleaning Matte Finish Paint and Vinyl

Matt finish paint and vinyl wraps look so hot – but how do you keep matte vinyl and matte paintwork clean and smear free?

Some of the problems with matte finishes is that the finish is often smeared from finger prints and wash marks. It’s not possible to use a normal hand wax, and if you’ve just had a feed of a burger and chips, don’t even think of touching the paintwork!


Image of 1939 1940 Ford Business Coupe with matt black paint finish. Who do you keep matt finishes clean?

1939 – 1940 Ford Business Coupe low rider with matte black paint and matt black vinyl overlays from Monte Rio, California. Hot summer sun can prematurely bake and oxidize matte paint and matte vinyl.

Thankfully there are some products on the market now that take care of the smears and protect delicate vinyls in the hot sun.

Some basic remedies for cleaning matte wraps and matte paint include:

  • Use soap and water to wash your ride to remove the loose dirt.
  • Follow through with rubbing alcohol and water, a 1:1 mix, to reduce smearing and remove the fine road grime. Apply with a rag and dry with straight-line strokes to prevent swirling and smudges.

Never use a traditional hand applied wax to matte or low gloss paint and vinyl. The wax will dry and embed in the paint surface leaving white powdery streaks, and the solvents will dry the vinyl risking bleaching of the vinyl’s color and stripping the moist oils from the vinyl which would dry and crack the vinyl.

Never buff!

If you use any rubbing compounds including waxes and other applications, your matte finish will result in swirls and polish marks from the texture breaking down. This could lead to shiny sections with an uneven overall coat.

Meticulous Matte Detailer & Spray Sealant is both a cleaner and a protectant for matte paint and matte vinyl. Application is by spray, a straight-line wipe with a microfibre cloth, then a light buff – again in straight lines – to remove any residue.

The results are a clean, streak-free finish that is a protectant against drying summer sun and greasy finger prints. The protective coating will act as a lubricant, similar to wax, that will resist road film, bird droppings, and greasy stains. UV rays are blocked with regular use of Meticulous Matte Detailer & Spray Sealant on your rat rod, hot rod, custom, or classic.

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Have an RV or boat with vinyl wrap accents and stripes?

Meticulous Matte Detailer and Spray Sealant is perfect for cleaning and protecting the vinyl strips on and RV or boat. The Meticulous Matte Detailer and Spray Sealant will reduce the cracking, shrinking, and fading of pinstripes, vinyl accent stripes and vinyl swirls on your travel trailer, RV, fifthwheel, or camper.

Want to spend some precious time with your favorite hot ride or recreational vehicle? Get Meticulous Matte Detailer & Spray Sealant now from Chemical Guys before the summer heat degrades your matte finish.

Post Author: Alan O'Neill

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