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Flat black cars

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by RCP, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. RCP

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    Lately I've been noticing more cars painted a flat matte black. Alot of them are late model expensive cars like Cadillacs, BMWs, etc.. Is there a function to this (I thought maybe not as reflective to work against laser, radar, etc.), or is it just a new fad? :dunno:
     
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    Fad, no function.

    Many are doing it with plasti-dip, so they can (hopefully) peel it off when they tire of the look.
     

  3. Batesmotel

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    Several years ago, when I was a teacher some of my students did it thinking it would work as anti-radar protection. Didn't work. Some tried spray on bed liner on just the front, still didn't work.
     
  4. Bruce M

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    I asked about this a couple weeks back. What specifically prompted me was that the flat black wrap did not stand up especially well on the roof of the Mercedes. How much of that had to do with the sedan landing on its roof after the teenage driver ran a light, I remain uncertain. I know it will not seriously deteriorate radar reflection. The cars that I have seen done in this very handsome and chic flat black seem to have a film substance applied over the paint that is easy to remove ( with asphalt at least.)
     
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    my old '85 chevy short bed was flat black. i only did it for the looks because i've always been a fan of the old rat rod look and style.

    as a bonus though it was a very low maintence paint job. no waxing or buffing, worrying about bird crap and tree pollen. if something dinged up the paint a couple of quick passes with matte black krylon and it was good as new.
     
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    back again fad, it comes and goes. i considered it back in the '80's when it was popular in my area, glad i didn't.
     
  7. John Rambo

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    Complete fad. To do it right, you've actually gotta add an agent to the clearcoat to stop it from being glossy.
     
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    I think an old '68 Charger would look mean as hell in flat black.
     
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    I still have a quart of flatting agent in my garage. It was also used to take off gloss from exterior paint, and use it for the interior color, dash, etc. Very common use in the old days.
     
  10. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Satin is sweet.

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    But don't trust my taste. My wife accuses me of being half Filipino.
     
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  11. Atlas

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    Bruce M, Plasti-Dip is probably the substance you saw..
    More recently, it can also be (semi) glossy, black or white are being used on cars.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNY9Dx617N8"]PlastiDip a WHOLE CAR - How-to by DipYourCar.com - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  12. Bruce M

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    It's part of a look called 'murdering out' a vehicle.

    I see a lot of vehicles that are black going for the look, but by definition it must be matte black.

    http://www.murderedcars.com/

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    "murdering" ???
     
  15. jollygreen

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    I used to see 55, 56 and 57 Chevys painted flat black back in the day.

    That was the finish for the famous 55 in "Two Lane Blacktop" and (also in) "American Graffiti."

    Can't kids come up with something original?
     
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    Fad, but I did see a very cool looking jeep. It was done in painted with or looked like it was painted with either undercoating or that stuff you roll onto the bed of a truck for a bed liner..and it was a new jeep like a current model with a lift kit and a nice set of tires and rims...I actually thought it looked GREAT lol made it look tough as heck and im sure if he actually off roaded with it(it was certainly set up like that with a winch and block set and snorkel and all the off road doo-dads would not have to worry about the paint job.

    I think it looks great on older "rat rod" type cars also but on a newer car thats like a toyota or honda with a set of chrome rims and a big "fart pipe" out the back its pretty LAME looking.
     
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    OT, but probably not. Some have tried, but anyone who actually takes it off road finds out rapidly that the first time you hit a branch or rock the bedliner peels off in a big sheet. Hammerite works WAY better. (AMHIK) :supergrin:
     
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    You get stopped by LEO's. Your car is black, registration says the car is white. Doh!:faint:
     
  19. Chuck TX

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    Cool. I'm going to paint my truck with grill paint. :rofl:
     
  20. Chuck TX

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    That's easy. Just say, "this ain't my car and these ain't my pants."

    Works every time. :tbo: