I've pondered this myself many a night. I have an 08 S3 in matt. The dealer suggested windex which I thoight was a daft idea. I have been using Mequiars Quik Detailer for the last 4 months. It seems to do the trick. I am open to suggestions myself.
As far as i know the matte finish is product of the clearcoat. That is i believe the clearcoat is providing the matte look. Dare i say it. HD has lots of matte finishes. I would maybe ask a HD dealership what they use.
I'm off with a mate to a Harley dealer tomorrow ( he's collecting some new springs ) on my way to my friendly Triumph dealer. Whilst I'm there I may as well ask if they have any recommendations for matt finishes. At least that will give me something to do whilst I am waiting. Will let you know if they have any suggestions - just don't hold your breath, they seem pretty useless in that shop so I'd be surprised if they could help, other than by selling me a HD and let's be honest that's not really HELPING is it ?
Ducati Monsters have been available in Matte Black for a long time. This is a thread from our 'sister' forum at the botttom of the page. There`s plenty of other stuff about matt finish on there, if you are interested.
OK so as expected the HD dealer wasn't terribly helpful. He showed me a spray bottle of some HD general cleaner. The packaging kept banging on about producing a gloss finish which I don't think we need on our matt graphite so I politely declined. Strangely he did say that I shouldn't use normal wax polish, which seems to be totally at odds with the advice on the Ducati forum ( see previous post ).
So now I am totally confused. In theory, if the matt finish is achieved by a mottled clearcoat over the paint, polishing it with wax should not make it shiny, merely give it a nice protective coating, which is surely what we all want. So on that basis the "Ducati solution" may be the way to go.
Does anybody know for sure, that polishing the matt finish with normal polish will not turn our bikes excessively shiny ?
It would be nice to get a layer of protection on top of the paintwork, just to reduce the likelihood of minor scratches and reduce the negative effects of exposure to the elements.
Well my instinct is to wax the bike very sparingly ( maybe only once or twice a year just to make sure that I don't build up too many layers of shiny wax on the surface of the clear coat ).
What will be strange however is that the matt finish currently feels matt ( i.e. slightly rough to the touch ) and obviously after waxing it is going to feel smooooooooth. So that may seem a bit odd.
I hope we can keep this thread going, I would like to hear which approaches other Street R owners are going to plump for. I'm currently leaning towards the limited use of normal wax polish though.
In the absence of any particular advice in the R supplement to the Street handbook, I don't think Triumph expects us to treat our paint any differently to any other paintwork.
I was on a Brit site today and some of those guys are using Turtle wax Ice liquid. They say it does not change the look of the finish but does make water bead up and makes it easier to clean. I may have to try this.
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