The Matte Finish: A Closer Look

In previous posts, we’ve talked about how vinyl car wraps have made customizing one’s car accessible and a more feasible option for all. Vinyl doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and for good reason! Wraps are quite easy to remove for professionals and learned car owners.

So today, we take a closer inspection at one of the more popular vinyl wrap finishes that exists in the market today: MATTE.

Now, matte has arguably been a rather sought after finish for several things, including cars, for years now. When glossy paint was launched into the market, there was an eventual call to have a finish that went in the opposite direction. Something that did not reflect the lights or the area that surrounded it. Matte is the preferred finish as it is the one that fully shows off surfaces and curvatures and the end result is a smooth and subtle sheen.

The more preferred or requested color for a matte finish is black as it exudes class and power. Car owners that usually join car shows and contests make use of matte to give their vehicles a little extra in terms of appearance. Normally, glossy cars reflect the bright lights that surround it. Matte black cars serve to stand out as sleek dark silhouettes. Don’t be fooled by the low-profile look that it may have! Having a muted look can really show off the curves of any vehicle.

If cost continues to be a concern, there’s a whole lot of good news in that department. The continuous development and improvements of vinyl wraps have contributed to driving down production costs of specialized materials like matte. When it was first introduced, Matte wraps would go for $80-$600 per sq. m. A regular vehicle will use about 29 sq. m. Today, the cost of matte goes for $40-$400. Quite a bit of an improvement!

Gone are the days where black was the only sought after matte color. If ever you are in the market for good quality matte wraps for your car, brands like Avery and 3M have various colors to suit your tastes. After black hit the market, the colors that launched after were white, green, silver, and even silver. A more recent development is the matte paint protection wrap. This is for car owners that are presently satisfied with their car color but want a less glossy exterior. Clear matte vinyl offers the same aesthetic benefits of colored vinyl matte wraps but with the bonus addition of protection against chips, scratches, swirls, fading, and corrosion.

Matte vinyl wraps stay at peak condition for about 3 to 5 years after application. With proper maintenance and care, it extends from 8 to 12 years. Maintenance would mean suitable cleaning conditions. It’s best to learn the best way to clean your matte wrapped vehicle from your trusted car service crew. More likely than not, they’ll have any sprays that you can use to better keep your wrap in prime condition.

It is also essential to note that the more recent matte wraps no longer need sprays so it’s best to truly inform yourself about the model of wrap you’re getting so as to get the most bang out of your buck! So if you’re ever going to have your vehicle wrapped with vinyl, matte is a good choice overall.

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