Instead of a thread I will just add some information here. For starters, if you decide to own a car with a matte finish get in the habit of looking over the paintwork regularly as soon as you are to your destination. It doesn't have to be too elaborate just give a good once over to identify any potential predators which can lead to paint system catastrophe on a matte finish.
Carry a small detail kit with you in case you are bombarded with bird droppings, you want to address contaminants of an acidic nature immediately if not sooner! You can actually polish defects out of the paint but if someone is to do so they need to use a pad with no mechanical action whatsoever (a finishing pad if you're in the know) with very light polishing agents typically an all in one product like Jeff Werkstatt's prime or Zaino's all in one. These products have very little cut ability, and mild cleaning agents. This is the only polishing that should be done to that paint. Never allow someone to wetsand the surface for any reason as the whole point of matte is to be inconsistent, not level. When it is levelled it will reflect light much better and ruin the look of the finish. You can use polymers (and probably should) to protect the finish, but truth be told you're not depending on these polymers (Optimum opti seal, Zaino Clear Seal, both being wipe on walk away spray sealants. As well as a handful of others worth noting) to protect acid rains and airborne contaminants from etching into your surface, but moreso relying on them to aid in easy removal of foreign contamination.
You need to be very dedicated in keeping this paint clean, and very delicate. Avoid tunnel washes (I'd hope you all know that by now but I have seen a few Ferrari's driving out of one and I cringe every time) and any other form of hot wax. Swissvax does make a product for protecting the finish, I have no experience with it but we do have a sponsor on board who sells Swissvax, I'm sure he will chime in.
This is the description of the Swissvax product.
Swisswax Opaque Wax- a premium wax specially developed for all satin matt paintwork types. It offers your car's paintwork thorough long term protection against all kinds of negative contaminants without damaging its satin matte appearance (See also Swisswax Opaque range for matte finish paints).
I believe the entire Opaque line is designed for matte, as they have a wash and a few other supplies with the same name.
I would recommend a Lake Country cross cut sponge for washing, and very gentle motion as well. Wash in a straight line with as little pressure as it takes to glide your sponge across the panel.
Remember your paint isn't flat, so any aggression in a sanding or forceful motion can disturb the texture and leave you upset at yourself. So use common sense, avoid products that are not of the same genre described above, and remove unwanted foreign contaminants immediately if not sooner. And don't allow someone to polish it unless the detailer tells you he is using exactly what I described.
Last edited by Brian_Brice; 01-14-2012 at 05:49 AM.