The average person isn’t going to put a Rupes polisher to the hood of their matte Mercedes. However, we think it’s important to show you what happens when you do buff matte paint.
From time to time we get panicked calls because someone had a scratch or chips in their matte finish and without even thinking, tried to polish it out. They call us in hopes that we can help them fix it. But it’s not that simple.
The surface of matte paint isn’t smooth. There are actually lots of ridges and grooves in the paint that allow the reflection of light to scatter, giving it that dull look. So if you buff matte paint, it’s going to smooth out those intentional imperfections and create an unwanted shine.
The only way (currently) to fix this issue is it to repaint the car. Repainting is going to properly resurface the finish to restore the look.
So basically since we don’t expect anyone to destroy the paint on their own cars, we have a hood from an old Nissan and painted it matte. It’s a single stage black finish and as you can see, it’s been beat up pretty bad. It’s one of the first matte surfaces we used for testing for our products. That’s also why it’s the perfect surface to try and buff out some blemishes.
Granted being able to buff out scratches in matte paint hasn’t been solved yet, that’s not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that knowing how to clean and protect matte finishes isn’t as widely known as it should be. Please share, educate, and spread the word on matte paint care so that don’t continue to buff matte paint!