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Old 07-19-2004, 04:46 AM
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Care of flat black paint

Hey Dudes,

Just painted my car matte black and was wondering how to look after the paint - like how do you clean it?

I realise I can;t wax or polish it but if it gets like bird crap on it how do I get it off and restore it back to clean?

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Depends on the paint. If it is real porous like flat black primer all you can do is wash it and hope for the best. If it has a somewhat sheen to it like the JD Blitz black all you can do is wash it and hope for the best. If you had a clear with a flattening agent it would be much easier to care for and I imagine you could throw a coat of wax on it. That is the downfall of the flat paint. All you can do is wash it. But if it gets to looking real tacky just mask it back up, wipe 'er down, mix up some more, (could be somewhat thin) and reshoot it.

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Okay, you're going to think I'm nuts but if you want to polish or make your flat black look good without the stuff that waxing leaves behind, just use spray furniture polish. Works every time. I used to use it underhood on a retso Camino I had. Learned it from making dead paint shine back in the old used car auction/ wholesaler days.
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Depends on the paint. If it is real porous like flat black primer all you can do is wash it and hope for the best. If it has a somewhat sheen to it like the JD Blitz black all you can do is wash it and hope for the best. If you had a clear with a flattening agent it would be much easier to care for and I imagine you could throw a coat of wax on it. That is the downfall of the flat paint. All you can do is wash it. But if it gets to looking real tacky just mask it back up, wipe 'er down, mix up some more, (could be somewhat thin) and reshoot it.

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My boys truck was in white primer and the neighbor who paints said to use scouring powerder it cleans and polishes at the same time. It worked and I have used it on my gray primer till we get to body work and redo the whole thing. Ed ke6bnl
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I have never tried this, but I was told by another rodder to use wd-40 or thats what they did back in the day. once a month they would polish the car down with WD then throw a bunch of bacon grease in their hair and head out on the town lookin for ladies

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Windex it!
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ya windex worked pretty good on my flat black primer too
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Cheers

Hey thanks for the replies guys.

Few more quick questions:

It's a topcoat and not primer but no clear on it. I don't want it to get too shiny - will windex make it shiny? Actually, now I think of it, I've used windex on walls and it works a treat. Should be the same I guess?

The other question is - what the hell is scouring powder and where can I get some to try it?

You're right about the repaint. If it gets really bad I'm just gonna Blitz Black it every year or so.

Thanks again.

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You'll have to wash the bird doopie off before it etches itself into your paint job. With a matte finish, that is the problem. Its flat and has no shine. Id shine 'her up myself!
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Can you give me the paint code for that matte black?
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If you park in the right places, like a polk patch, or by some mulberry trees, don't let the bird "doopie" dry, just drive fast and create a custom design.j/k

By all means do not put any WD40 on or around it while it has matt black on it. Or when preparing for any kind of painting.

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Johnny, Yes you can use Windex and you should be ok. I do agree with Troy! Don't get "WD40 on or around it while it has matt black on it. Or when preparing for any kind of painting."

I also liked Troy's suggestion:

"...If you park in the right places, like a polk patch, or by some mulberry trees, don't let the bird "doopie" dry, just drive fast and create a custom design.j/k..."

Custom Doppie Design !

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