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Matte Black Veloster Turbo Buyers Beware

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The matte black finish available on the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo may be an alluring option. But before you succumb to its bold look, keep in mind that this unique paint scheme comes with a long list of dos and don’ts.

Those buyers who opt for the Veloster Turbo’s matte option will receive an 11-page owner’s manual dedicated to the paint’s unique maintenance requirements. Hyundai will also provide buyers with a special cleaning kit and a disclaimer warning buyers of the risks involved with ignoring proper maintenance.

Warnings and tips for the matte paint option include:

  • Do not use wax, detail spray, ArmorAll, or any products made for normal paint. Use only products specifically developed for matte finish paint.
  • Do not use products that are even mildly abrasive, such as polishes, glazes, or rubbing compounds.
  • Do not use mechanical cleaners or polishers.
  • Do not use terrycloth, cloth or paper towels. Do not rub the finish vigorously — this will burnish the paint finish causing a permanent shiny spot. Shiny spots cannot be removed.
  • Do not use commercial car wash facilities or their shine enhancement products. Most carwash brushes, large mechanized “towels” and shine enhancement products can damage matte paint.
  • Remove foreign substances such as insect remains, tar, and road debris using a soft applicator and a mild solvent, saturate and soak area before cleaning — rub lightly.
  • Hand-wash with a soft wash mitt and mild cleaning product safe for matte paint.
  • Use microfiber cleaning cloths with alcohol-based window cleaner, for basic surface clean-up.

Of course, these days there are plenty of matte paint cleaning products on the market to ensure that you’ll always have a stunning Veloster . Still, to the uninitiated, what may seem cool could be a real pain, especially if you inadvertently treat it like any other type of paint.

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