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WITH MANUFACTURERS ROLLING OUT MORE AND MORE FLAT FINISHES, the demand for repair specialists has increased. A matte finish requires special attention to repair without aggressive techniques ruining the paint. With the release of PPG’s Matte Care Guide, autobody and paint specialists can now specialize in fast, effective and flawless matte finish repair.

Due to the differences in the composition and finish of low-gloss automotive paints and other automotive paints, PPG has developed a guide for the care and maintenance of low-gloss finishes.

With these helpful tips from PPG, matte finishes are easier to maintain and keep their appearance longer.

PPG’s resident expert, Chris Springer, has these tips for you:

  • Though the application process is no different than a high gloss coat, the sealer should be replaced with a premium matte clear
  • The first coat of clear should be sprayed as a medium-wet coat and allowed to dry to a dull appearance
  • The second coat should be full-wet and allowed to dry 5-10 minutes
  • The final coat needs to be completely dry before baking it to cure


Application Techniques:

  • Preparation and cleanliness are the first steps to a successful product
  • Application consistency is key; spray 6-8 inches from panel with a 90 degree angle
  • The drop coat should be sprayed 12-18 inches from panel with a 90 degree angle
  • A compliant gun with a 1.2 – 1.3 fluid tip will allow the painter to maneuver the car easier and faster as well as distribute an even coat

Don’t let your awesome matte finish become glossy with improper care techniques, Industrial Finishes’ experts are standing by to answer all your PPG Matte Finish question, call 800.531.1305 or email


Story contributed by Emily Brown