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I've been thinking about doing a matte color for a while and im pretty sure Im going to go with matte white. I think matte black is cool but... it gets hot as hell here in texas and all of my past cars have been black. So I want to do something new. Im thinking about doing matte white body and then matte black grille mod, hard top, fenders, wheels, bumpers, hinges,etc. Now this jeep will get used and wont be a mall crawler model so I don't mind if I get some scratches. I'm sure a matte white jeep will get plenty of war wounds :D Okay guys lets hear your opinions on this.
 

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I'm thinking dirt magnet, do it and post pics!!
 

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I'm thinking dirt magnet, do it and post pics!!
Its a jeep, its supposed to be dirty :beer:

Still just an idea for right now. Need to find a good body shop here in Dallas before I pull the trigger. Also I need to do some more research on matte paint and how to take care of it. I think there is some new matte clearcoat stuff available too.
 

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if its plain matte white, to me looks like a white jeep that oxidized real bad.
but....if its pearl matte white then it would look nicer.

Like paragon said...you use a matte clear coat.
 

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i love the idea! :beer:

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Can't believe I am seeing this thread!! Why? Because yesterday I saw a matte white Lambo Murcielago (factory paint) with the wheels and trim done in gloss black and it looked AMAZING! Since my Jeep is stone white with black trim I had the idea to do the same with my JK. I have never seen it done on a Jeep or really any other vehicle until yesterday!

Now the bad news....how did I see the Lambo? The car has 12 miles on it and when the window tint guy was tinting the driver door window in the up position he put a dent in the roof panel (oops!). Dent was able to be fixed by PDR (no body filler) but the entire roof panel did still need to be painted. Any regular paint job would have only needed 2 minutes with a buffer and it would be good as new.

What's my point....a matte paint job has absolutely zero forgiveness and ANY imperfections will require a repaint. This has me hesitant and I have a full paint dept and two paint booths at my disposal. I like my Jeep looking good and I really don't feel like having to paint it every 90 days. Still thinking about it? Maybe save the look for a sports car.

We have done two matte black paint jobs so far this year and they look great to this day but they don't offroad their vehicles!

Would love to see yours if you decide to do it!! You will certainly get looks!!
 

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Can't believe I am seeing this thread!! Why? Because yesterday I saw a matte white Lambo Murcielago (factory paint) with the wheels and trim done in gloss black and it looked AMAZING! Since my Jeep is stone white with black trim I had the idea to do the same with my JK. I have never seen it done on a Jeep or really any other vehicle until yesterday!

Now the bad news....how did I see the Lambo? The car has 12 miles on it and when the window tint guy was tinting the driver door window in the up position he put a dent in the roof panel (oops!). Dent was able to be fixed by PDR (no body filler) but the entire roof panel did still need to be painted. Any regular paint job would have only needed 2 minutes with a buffer and it would be good as new.

What's my point....a matte paint job has absolutely zero forgiveness and ANY imperfections will require a repaint. This has me hesitant and I have a full paint dept and two paint booths at my disposal. I like my Jeep looking good and I really don't feel like having to paint it every 90 days. Still thinking about it? Maybe save the look for a sports car.

We have done two matte black paint jobs so far this year and they look great to this day but they don't offroad their vehicles!

Would love to see yours if you decide to do it!! You will certainly get looks!!
Ironic!

I have seen some matte orange lamborghini gallardo superleggeras around here. Pretty cool looking... but only on that kind of car. Another color I thought about was matte blue. I saw it on a lamborghini gallardo and damn it looked good. But I think its another one of those colors that only looks good on a sports car.

I dont think I would have any problems... As long as its done right the first time. Thats why I need to look for a good job that has a history of doing matte paint jobs. If it get a scratch then i'll deal with it.. Im not going to live in fear over getting a scratch or scuff.

Mel from off road evolution had matte red and now has matte black and his paint seems to have held up pretty well. Now obviously white is going to show a lot more dirt but im not worried about it.

Im 90% sure that I will do it. Of course I will post pictures. 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.
 

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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?
 

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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?
No pro here, but I would say it has something to do with the reflective nature of gloss finish, some scratches become invisible at certain angles and prominent at other angles. With a matte finish, there are no reflective properties so the finish reveals the full "landscape" of the finish/surface, thus exposing more of and more pro dominantly imperfections in the finish.

*cue the paint gurus to correct me if I'm wrong*
 

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Wow, you guys must be "done" with the rig if you're already thinkin' about paint jobs. :)

Seriously, though... I'm thinkin' about a D60 rear ($3500), 38's ($2000), driveshafts ($1000), Avenger s/c & hood ($6k or so) plus alot more will come before the paint job.

I do think a matte orange in a similar shade to my stock paint would look AWESOME!
 

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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.

More about this below.

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!! :laughing:

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!!
 

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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.

More about this below.



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!! :laughing:

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.
Thanks a lot for the great information. I know I wouldn't have that many problems if I just drove it on the streets but that's not going to be the case.

A few of my friends think I should just stick with the white gloss and then do matte black grille mod, hard top, mirrors, handles, hinges, fenders and wheels. It would still look just as good IMO. Maybe not as much wow factor as the matte white.

Also I had a friend suggest I do a matte white wrap. I might go this route now that you mentioned all that stuff because if I do get a huge scratch or gash I can just get the panel wrapped again. I wouldn't have to worry about the color matching like you mentioned. Plus I now of a great shop that has done 1,000+ wraps and they offer a great warranty on all of there work.

Moose, take a look at this shops work and tell me if you think it would be worth going this route. http://picasaweb.google.com/skinzwraps/SkinzWrapsStormtrooperWhite#
 

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Wow, thanks for all that info. I still have one question though. I've thought about the matte paint for sometime (I had an old TJ with flat OD green). In Michigan, we get scratches all the time from trees and it's just not worth buffing it out after every trip, which means my rig currently has all sorts of scratches that show up pretty easy. Will the flat show those scratches as much or hide them more? It still seems to me that they would blend in more. However, I really don't like the idea of having to completely repaint it if something does need to be fixed either. Then again, with my TJ, the scratches didn't really show up as much and that was just cheap rattle can paint.
 
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