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Matte Black Paint - how to clean & preserve

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YTJOHN Silver Member John F
Yorktown, NY, USA   USA
The back of my TR looks like a garbage scow gunnel, with ugly vertical streaks and stains. I've tried washing it with various brands of car soaps. Even tried WD-40! What do you use to clean matte black and keep it looking clean?

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poolboy Ken D
Sandy Hook, MS, USA   USA
You may have to repaint it....and if you do only use soap and water to clean it and never wax it.



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clifish Cliff Deger
St. James, NY, USA   USA
chemicalguys.com make a whole line for matte paint - have not tried them but their stuff is usually pretty good.

https://www.chemicalguys.com/Matte_Plastidip_Paint_Vinyl_Care_s/342.htm



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YTJOHN Silver Member John F
Yorktown, NY, USA   USA
Thanks Cliff. Their cleaner/sealer might be what my car needs.

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
Should it not be a satin black?

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tomshobby Tom Smith
Windsor, WI, USA   USA


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YTJOHN Silver Member John F
Yorktown, NY, USA   USA
Tony raises a good question re. the original paint "color" - satin vs. matte. My car was repainted at some point, so I'm unsure of what's on there. Since my first step is to attempt cleaning the existing paint, I'm seeking something that will work on either finish. I suspect mine got waxed at some point, hence the ugly streaks.

jtorral Jorge Torralba
West Linn, OR, USA   USA
SEM Trim black out a spray can works great ! I did my rear with it and am super happy. Here is a photo

https://www.triumphdrivers.com/photo/50757

I also did my windscreen/windshield frame using the SEM trim black out of a spray can.

This will give you a general idea. Frame just sitting in place. Not installed yet. https://www.triumphdrivers.com/photo/50692

JT

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Triumphgt6er Jim Snell
Cave Creek, AZ, USA   USA
1974 Triumph TR6 "Bubbles"
SEM Trim black is good stuff. I recently found another product I like even better because it's a 2 part hardened paint - Spraymax Hotrod Black. Here's a link....

https://www.spraymax.com/en-us/products/product/top-coats/2k-hot-rod-black/

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Safari Jim C
New Orleans, LA, USA   USA
Wrap it, if you don't like it peel it off.



Thanks Jim

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