I am debating about having my new 2013 turbo in matte gray dipped with a matte clear coat dipping my rims and side skirts and front grille as well. From what i understand it is safe on a Matte finish and to protect the paint i think this is a great idea. I have been taking great care of my car and looking for a cost effective paint protection solution and this seems like that. i will be having it professionally done as well. im just curious about your guys thoughts on having this dont over matte gray paint. They have told me other matte finished car have has this done with great result and it completely safe on the paint.
I think you should be fine doing a clear coat over the matte paint.. I paid a couple of guys out here who work out of their garage and they hooked up me for $350.00 to dip the entire car. They didn't even realize the car had a 3rd door and sprayed right over where the 3rd door and upper pillar meet. When I opened the door the plastidip tore all along the door and pillar. They were really cool about it, peeled the entire door and resprayed it but the color for the door never quite looked the same as the rest of the car. This was one of the main reasons I ended up removing the wrap. As long as the job is done right the stuff is pretty durable, it was on my car for a little over 6 months. I think if I had to go back I would have had them put a clear coat over the matte white (which was also a mistake - white shows every scuff), which I think would have helped with the scuffs and marks. The guys who did my car here are starting to mix UV protectant into their gallons which helps with the crazy sun we get out here in Phoenix.
For anyone who was skeptical of how "safe" plastidip is and what it looks like after having the entire car sprayed and then removed.. here are some pics
These first two pictures are right after the job was done, back in November
This is a few months in, you can kind of see how the color is a little bit off but its not too bad in this pic
The back end of the car was probably the worst because the black soot from the exhaust would get sprayed all over the back, leaving black spots everywhere. I don't have any pictures but it looked pretty bad. This was right after I discovered mr. clean magic erasers and I would highly recommend using it only for matte white.
These are pictures of the car a few weeks ago after the dip was removed, car was washed, and waxed. There are some tiny little areas that have hints of white still but overall it all came off with some good scrubbing. My lifesaver for removing the dip was a spray I purchased from autozone made by 3M, it removed the dip without damaging the paint underneath. Looking back I would have picked a darker color and probably still had the car dipped, the white was just too difficult to maintain.