Painting and Repairing Matte Finishes
Tips on Painting / Repairing Low Gloss Finishes

Care and Maintenance of Low Gloss Finishes

A matte or low-gloss finish is a unique exterior finish that gives your vehicle a distinctively different appearance. It requires special care to maintain this unique look. To maintain your vehicle's matte finish for years to come, please refer to the maintenance recommendations in the Matte Finish Care Guide.

Matte Finish Care Guide

Products for Low Gloss Finishes

OneChoice® Products

Compliant Markets

Designed for use across many PPG paint lines, the OneChoice® universal matting and universal flattening agents are added to various formulas to achieve various degrees of gloss in the final finish.

Vibrance Collection® Products

This Vibrance Collection® topcoat provides a uniform, low glass and deep-looking black finish designed to replicate the glory days of street rods and muscle cars. Inspired by the iconic rides of yesteryear, this classic black, with its smooth satin finish, is the ideal complement to late-model builds as well.

While Ditzler® Hot Rod Black's style is throwback, its two-component, single-stage technology is thoroughly modern. The HRB9700 Hot Rod Black kit includes a quart of Hot Rod Black and a half pint of hardener. And it can be reduced with any PPG urethane reducer in an easy 4:1:1 mix ratio for spraying.

Matte Band Guides
1 Flat Aligns with very low gloss clearcoats (Lamborghini and Lexus)
2 Matte Little or no OEM activity in this range at the current time
3 Eggshell Aligns with the reduced-gloss clearcoats seen on Mercedes-Benz and other OEMs
4 Satin This range most commonly seen on bumpers and lower body cladding parts
5 Semi-Gloss

Matte Banding GuidesThe width of the bands reflects the natural variation seen in OEM colors which feature a matte or reduced gloss clearcoat. The bands also accommodate the variation in gloss levels achieved by refinish products as a result of changes in application process, equipment choice, product selection, etc.

NOTE: The actual gloss achieved by a painter can vary significantly as a result of variables in application, temperature, hardener/thinner choice, etc. The recommended band and the matting agent addition will at best only ever be a guide. It is strongly encouraged that a test panel be sprayed before painting the car.

Matte banding guides are available for both PPG and Nexa Autocolor® brands. Distributors can contact PPG Customer Service to order.

  • Part No. ARCT2022 – PPG brand
  • Part No. RMCT2022 – Nexa Autocolor® brand