Removing Waterspots and Overspray from Matte Paint

Overspray on Matte Paint

Try as you may, you can’t keep your matte car looking pristine every hour of the day. Eventually it’s probably going to get something on its finish that requires a little more cleaning power than a typical matte car wash. Fear not. Thanks to Matte Paint Cleanser there’s no need to be abrasive, no need to polish (which would ruin your matte paint), and no need to worry about trashing your unique and expensive paint job.

Water Spots Matte Paint

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We’ve been asked a number of times about waterspots and overspray, two common occurrences on any car. But when it comes to matte, there’s no way you can polish or clay to take care of the issue like you could on a regularly painted car. You see, polishing would bring a shine to the matte paint clear coat which is designed to scatter reflected light rather than directly reflect light (like a mirror). If you polish it, you might as well kiss your $5,000 paint job goodbye. That said, there’s a simple solution to remove just about anything that may be stuck to your matte surface, and that’s Matte Paint Cleanser.

Andrew, our Director of Product Development, recommends allowing the product to work its magic after spraying the area: “Let it dwell on the area for a little bit as opposed to wiping it up immediately. It’s okay to let Matte Paint Cleanser sit on the paint for a while as long as you don’t let it dry on the surface. Once the product spends a bit more time on the affected area it should have great success removing the problem.” Whether it’s waterspots, overspray, dried on bird droppings, or sap, the answer is simple – let the product do the work for you. Being aggressive and scrubbing is not the answer when it comes to matte painted cars.

After you’ve taken care of any surface issues, it’s always best to wash and protect your car to effectively protect against any future damage. If, for instance, your flat paint had overspray on it for months and wasn’t protected before, the result could mean repainting a panel or at least a quick touchup. Either way, not something you want to go through on a matte car. I’ll leave you with this… remember that preventing problems is not only easier, but much safer for your paint than fixing them as they arise. It’s all about being proactive and losing that reactive mindset – your car will thank you.

  • Justin

    How sure are you that this product works? My whole car is matte black and at some point it got over sprayed. It has little white spects all over even on the windows. Thinner takes it off the windows only if you rub really hard. Best thing is fine steel wool for the windows. I haven’t tried anything on the paint because it’s matte black and don’t know what would work. I also don’t want to waste money on a product and then have to turn around and just get it reprainted because it didn’t work. Any thoughts?

    • Justin, we’ve had a ton of success with our Matte Paint Cleanser getting overspray off. I can’t say for sure with your car since I haven’t spent any time with it. But it is going to be your best bet going forward.
      Furthermore, protecting your car with Matte Paint Sealant will help in the future with getting these stains off a lot easier.

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