How To Winterize a Matte Car

2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition In The WinterIf you want to make sure your matte-finished vehicle is protected from all the snow, sleet and salt on the roads this winter, you need to know how to winterize a matte car. Thankfully, it’s a lot easier than it sounds. Whether you’ve got a brand new Challenger with a matte hood or a Benz with Magno paint, winterizing is simple as protecting and maintaining!

Step 1: Get the right tools (or the right detailer)

Before you start winterizing, you need the right tools for the job. For most people, that means getting Dr. Beasley’s Matte Paint Prescription. It comes with Matte Paint Coating for protection, plus Matte Body Wash, Matte Paint Cleanser and Matte Final Finish for maintenance. 

Dr. Beasley's Matte Paint Prescription

Dr. Beasley’s Matte Paint Prescription

If you’re an experienced enthusiast looking for a more professional-style ceramic coating, Dr. Beasley’s Matte Paint Coating Pro Kit may be more your speed. But do still pick up the care products mentioned above.

And if you’re going to be protecting matte vinyl or paint protection film, Matte Film Coating Kit would be the coating to use, since it’s specially formulated to bond with that kind of surface.  

Not sure you’re comfortable doing all this yourself? No worries. Dr. Beasley’s has a network of Authorized Detailers across the U.S. that can install a ceramic coating for you. Find one near you on our map here.

Step 2: Protect

The very first thing you need to do is protect the finish. If your paint isn’t protected, road salt can stain and even corrode the clear coat. Ceramic coatings are the best way to protect. You could also have a vinyl wrap or paint protection film installed, especially if you’re concerned about stone chips, but you should still protect that with a ceramic coating like Matte Film Coating. 

Matte Paint Coating being applied

Matte Paint Coating being applied

Before you protect, however, be sure the surface is free of contamination as ceramic coatings seal that kind of thing in. Hand washing with Matte Body Wash prior is a great way to remove any loose contaminants prior to coating, and Matte Paint Cleanser can be used for any harder-to-remove gunk left behind. For film/vinyl, use Film Cleanser

Once the coating is applied, avoid washing the vehicle or getting it wet for the first week. This helps ensure the best bond possible. After 2 weeks, the coating will be at its full protective potential. 

Step 3: Maintain

Once you have a coating applied, keeping the finish clean will be MUCH easier. You’ll want to make sure you’re washing the car when needed, with 2 times a month being the minimum. But it’ll be painless—all the road salt will come off in a simple wash, and if it doesn’t, Matte Paint Cleanser or Matte Film Cleanser will do the trick. 

Matte Body Wash pouring into a five gallon bucket

Matte Body Wash pouring into a bucket

Not hot on the idea of hand washing your car in sub-zero temps? We don’t blame you. That’s where you’ll want to use Dr. Beasley’s Matte Waterless Wash. You’ll be able to clean up your matte finish without risking hypothermia. 

Beyond that, you should follow-up with a coating booster spray like Dr. Beasley’s AdvanceCoat: Matte once every 3/4 months or as needed. It’ll reinforce the coating and punch up the water repellency. But other than that, you’re good to go for all the ice, snow and salt the roads throw at you!  


 Easier than you thought, right? Winterizing a matte finish isn’t hard—you just need the right tools for the job! 



  • I see. We need to use these to protect the exterior car against snow and corrosion? Hmmmmm….
    How much are they?

    • Dr. Beasley’s full Matte Paint Prescription retails for $174.96 and includes a 12 oz Matte Body Wash, Matte Paint Cleanser, Matte Final Finish and a 4 oz Matte Paint Coating. A smaller Mini Matte Kit retails for $99.99 and includes a 12 oz Matte Body Wash, 4 oz Matte Paint Cleanser, 4 oz Matte Final Finish and a 2 oz Matte Paint Coating. Matte Paint Coating is available by itself as 2 oz bottle for $49.99 and a 4 oz for $79.99.