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Advantages and disadvantages of Matte Black Paintjobs

I think matte black looks sexy but over the long run what are drawbacks of having your bike (or car) painted this way?

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#1 drawback of matte black paintjob: People always asking you when you are going to finish getting your car/ bike painted.
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Scratches show more with a matte black paintjob. They also can't be hidden with wax.
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disadvantage- they look ugly for the most part
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If we're talking about something like the "Denim" paint on some Harleys, then scratches are easily repaired, actually, you just shouldn't use the same method you would on a clearcoat. Because of the lack of a shine, it's harder to screw up scratch repair. You can effectively just rub fresh, matching paint into the scratch and sand appropriately.

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You can clean the paint with an ammonia-based glass cleaner and won't have to bother with water and soap.
Minor scratches and rubbing are not visible.
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Do these paintjobs have any clearcoat?

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There not my cup of tea...like somebody said it looks like it needs painting.
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There not my cup of tea...like somebody said it looks like it needs painting.
Sure you don't like matte paint?





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Dam....that does look better that most I've seen....of course the R1 is pure sex on wheels imo..that doesn't hurt.
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is that paint? i always thought it was just a matte-finish plastic

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I was talking to the sales guy at the Triumph dealer here when I had my bike in for service. He was showing me the Street Triple R with the matte paint job. He said the downside of it is there is no clear coat to protect the paint obviously, so any scratches go directly into the paint coat, and it doesn't work well with a magnetic tank bag, because it tends to scratch the hell out of the paint. Otherwise it looks cool and is easy to keep clean.
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Do these paintjobs have any clearcoat?
No. All they are is simply leaving the clearcoat off, which has advantages and potential disadvantages as mentioned previously.
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The clearcoating in paint is kind of like its protectant. It rugged. You can bump and bang on it without harming the paint and soemtiems helps from dings. Not applicable with plastic. It could help from abbrasions though.

I would say the downfalls to matte finishes is that it is still pourous. It is harder to clean.Finger oils and other oils show like a motherfucker and are hard to get off. It doesnt shine. There is no depth to the paint like there is with a clearcoat

Advantages being. its cheap. You dont have to wax it. and you can write on it with chalk.

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I was talking to the sales guy at the Triumph dealer here when I had my bike in for service. He was showing me the Street Triple R with the matte paint job. He said the downside of it is there is no clear coat to protect the paint obviously, so any scratches go directly into the paint coat, and it doesn't work well with a magnetic tank bag, because it tends to scratch the hell out of the paint. Otherwise it looks cool and is easy to keep clean.
I have a magnetic tank bag and there's nothing magical about my clearcoat that prevents scratches. If anything, they're more obvious.
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I just rattle canned (is that a word?) my VFR flat black. I used a matte clear to give it some protection but keep the matte finish. It could be better, but it is my first attempt at paint.
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