May 09, 2018
A matte or low-gloss finish is a unique exterior finish that gives your vehicle a distinctively different appearance. It requires special care to maintain this unique look. To maintain your vehicle’s low-gloss appearance for years to come, please refer to the following maintenance recommendations below.
Pressure washing is the preferred way for removing typical road dirt and debris. However, when you need to do a quick spot cleaning to remove tree sap or bug/road debris before it causes stains and lasting damage to the finish, follow the recommendations outlined below:
Cleaning Tip: Always test cleaning products in hidden area before using.
Note: Using a dry towel can damage the finish.
Cleaning Tip: Saturate/soak microfiber cloth with tar remover and place on the debris. Allowing to soak for approximately five minutes.
Pressure washing (with pressure not exceeding 1200 psi) is the best way to remove heavy soiling and debris before washing. A 45° fan tip is recommended keeping the tip at least 12 inches from the surface/finish. For tough-to-clean stains, refer to the “Spot Cleaning” recommendations outlined of this document.
Hand wash for best results. Be sure to park your vehicle in a cool, shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight. Follow the recommended steps listed below.
Cleaning Tip: Keep the hose handy for frequent rinsing throughout the wash.
Cleaning Tip: Keep the clean sections wet as you finish the next section. This thoroughly rinses the soap residue and prevents water spots from forming.
Cleaning Tip: Water blades are NOT recommended for matte/ or low-gloss finishes.
If you are planning on washing your wheels, do this before you wash the vehicle. Use products intended for coated alloy wheels. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Cleaning Tip: Do not use the same wash mitt or microfiber sponge used to wash the matte finish paint. Avoid getting any wheel cleaner on the matte finish. If this happens, wash and rinse immediately.
There are many products on the market designed specifically for the care of matte or low-gloss finishes. Treating your matte or low-gloss finish regularly with these products will protect the finish, make it easier to maintain, and prevent water spots from forming.
Cleaning Tip: Lightly wipe the surface in a forward-and-backward motion. Avoid circular motions. This can leave swirls in the finish.