Matte Black Cars: Should You Get One?

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a matte black car?

Before you jump right in and wrap your car in matte black paint though, there are a few things to consider — because while they may look awesome, there are some drawbacks that you need to be aware of, too.

Read on to find out the pros and cons of owning a car with matte black paint.

Why have matte black paint on your car?

A matte black car is a bold statement that you have made a commitment to be different, to stand out from the crowd. You like to be in control and make your own decisions, rather than follow what everyone else is doing.

Matte paint has a very distinctive look that no one could possibly mistake for something else or confuse with another colour.

Matte Black cars are known to be the epitome of style and luxury, especially if they are well-maintained by their owner.

But matte paint cars are not for everyone. You’ll want to think hard about it before committing because there’s no turning back (more on that later).

What is the cost?

For starters, matte cars are significantly more expensive to purchase. A new matte black car can cost up to $15,000 more than the regular cost of that model.

To have an existing car sprayed with matte paint it will cost you north of $10,000.

Additionally, any repair or removal will set you back more than with a regular paint job.

And what about a matte black wrap?

While it’s a much cheaper option at roughly $3,500 to $5,000 (plus an additional cost for removal), it won’t last nearly as long as the paint job and tends to develop an uneven colour over time.



  • Wash matte paint regularly with a car wash soap designed for matte finishes.
  • Wash the vehicle in a shady area so that the paint does not dry too fast
  • Dry with microfiber towel or chamois immediately after washing to avoid water marks
  • Avoid car washes and any regular auto cleaning products.


  • Waxes, polishes, sealants and ceramic coatings can easily ruin a matte finish. These products are designed to add gloss to regular automotive paint but will cause irreparable damage to matte paint.


  • Use products specially made for black matte cars. There are protective coatings specifically designed for matte paint that will protect the surface and extend its life.

Wrap or paint?

It may be tempting to go with a wrap, since it’s much cheaper, and you can change the colour of your car whenever you want. But there are some drawbacks.

  • You have to remove the wrap if you want to make any changes to the body of your car.
  • Wrapping is more forgiving than paint. If the body of your car has some damage, paint will highlight these imperfections while wrapping conceals them.
  • If you have a luxury vehicle, there’s a risk of losing value if it gets wrapped instead of painted.

The benefits of painting outweigh those of wrapping in most cases:

  • It’s permanent! Once you have black matte paint applied to your car, that’s it – no peeling or chipping like with vinyl wraps. But if you decide that black isn’t your thing, after all, the only way to get rid of it is by repainting it with another colour.
  • It’s more durable than wrapping! Wraps can fade from direct sunlight and become discoloured due to environmental conditions such as acid rain deposits or bird droppings left on surfaces for too long. Paint jobs are much more durable than wraps because they don’t fade due to sunlight exposure and are more resistant to pollution in general—even UV rays!
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Mike Jarvis

Mike is an automotive writer with a life-long passion for all things with four wheels.