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    do you wax matte black paint?

    Wondering it will even make a difference in terms of shine i know it wont get any but can waxing hurt it? Are there products you cant use?

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    Re: do you wax matte black paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by ricadodetail View Post
    Wondering it will even make a difference in terms of shine i know it wont get any but can waxing hurt it? Are there products you cant use?
    Most waxes will put a gloss on that matte paint and is generally considered a big no no. I was talking to one of the techs at a Meguiar's TNOG about a month ago about the Honda CR-Z supercharged hybrid they have there sometimes. It has a matte black wrap. I think he said they use NXT 2.0 wax because it doesn't make the surface shiny, but adds some protection. My point is not so much the exact product they use-- you have to verify that with Meguiars-- but rather that they have a wax product you can use on a matter finish that won't ruin it.

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    Re: do you wax matte black paint?

    You can use Ultimate Quik Wax if you spray it onto a microfiber towel rather than directly onto the paint itself. It will keep a nice sheen to the finish but it won't turn matte paint to gloss. You can also use Ultimate Quik Detailer if you prefer. But what works great on matte paint is our new Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere. We did some demos at SourceInterlink Publications (publishers of Hot Rod, Car Craft, Motor Trend, MotorCyclist, 4WheelDrive, Truckin' and dozens of other publications) here in Irvine, CA recently and one of the motorcycle magazine editors asked if he could try it on his custom bike, painted flat black. He absolutely loved it - not only did it do a nice job of cleaning the finish (duh!) but it added no gloss, no blotches or streakiness, and the finish looked completely uniform and fresh. Of course it has the added benefit of actually leaving a nice polymer protection behind.

    If you try to use a liquid or paste wax they will add some noticeable gloss - obviously NOT to the point of seeing real clear reflections, but still. The biggest issue when trying to use traditional liquid or paste waxes is 100% uniform application - it's just not going to happen and you end up with a pretty blotchy looking finish, which isn't good (obviously). Swissvax makes a wax for matte finishes, if you don't mind spending $265 for 6.5 ounces of product. It is good stuff, but only you can determine if that price point works for you or not.
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    Re: do you wax matte black paint?

    Good question.
    How do you maintain a matte car?

    Waxing is probably not a good idea. In fact, besides the car wash, I don't think any of our Meguiars products (wax, cleaners, polish, etc) can be used.

    I saw a matte black C coupe and a matte grey SLS in the Mercedes dealership a few months ago. Looked cool but I am not sure I would buy one.

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    Re: do you wax matte black paint?

    I use Pledge spray wax so far doing ok use it in the engine compartment to battery anything with a matt finish.

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