February 23rd, 2008 at 9:00am
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Automakers are looking at using paint jobs with a dull, matte finish. They look pretty cool, but you better not try to wash them.
One of the standout displays at the Detroit auto show was the Lamborghini Gallardo spider. Unlike most of the shiny new cars at the show, this Lambo had a dull, matte finish. Car critics and designers went ga-ga over it.
But it turns out that the way they got the matte finish was to add talcum powder to the paint. It just kills the shine. Most paint jobs have a 90 percent gloss rate, but this one has just 30 percent gloss, which gives it the matte finish.
As long as you don’t wash it, that is. It doesn’t take much buffing to turn that matte finish into a shiny paint job. And that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of ruining the look of a car by washing and buffing it!