Originally Posted by wranglerblackout08
I want to try and find a shop that will take pictures of the whole process so everyone can see the process of a matte paint job.
From a picture perspective the process is no different from a regular paint job. From a picture standpoint!!! Any shop should have no problem doing this.
From a process perspective...99% of the success of a matte paint job is in the prep and pre-cleaning of the vehicle and a clean environment to shoot it. We give our booth a complete deep clean before we shoot a matte paint job. Painter has to do a good job because detail can't correct any of his mistakes. Also why paint job costs more because the actual paint costs less.
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Ok, maybe I'm naive but I don't get why matte would show scratches more than gloss. To me, it seems it would blend in more. With gloss, everything is shiny except for the scratch. Am I missing something?
I am a certified painter but by no means an expert and almost all of my knowledge is classroom and not experience holding the gun. That is why I am management!!
That being said, I wouldn't say that matte shows more imperfections but the biggest issue with matte is that there is no way to correct imperfections.
For example, out on the trail you pinstripe the side of your rig with a tree branch. Happens down here on every trip we do. With a basecoat/clearcoat paint job you get home and you can buff out all but the really, really bad stuff. Almost everything comes out with a good detailing.
If this were to happen with a matte paint job you have no way to correct it. If a bird shits on your hood and you rub it off too hard you could end up having to repaint your hood.
The second issue is the actual repaint. If you only want to paint one panel, it is hard as hell to match the same details (spray distance, air pressure, etc) as the initial paint job to make sure the panel is a match to the rest of the vehicle. A "blend" does not exist with a matte paint job.
We painted this Audi a couple of months ago and the owner is very happy...
We also did a Dodge Ram, also black, and he is very happy. Vehicles see nothing but soap and water and look great to this day. These are the only two matte vehicles I have experience with and none that see offroad use. I do love the look!!