How To: Genesis Matte Paint Care

Matte Paint Requires Special Care

Matte paint gives your Genesis car or SUV a unique exterior and distinctive appearance. Although it gives your car a beautiful appearance, there are some special care instructions that you must follow to maintain its appearance. If you have any questions about maintaining your vehicle’s matte paint appearance, please contact a Genesis of Schaumburg Service Advisor or call 847-230-8231.

Matte finishes are very different from other auto paints. Typical gloss paints use a clear-coat finish that reflects the light and gives your car, truck or SUV a shiny appearance. However, a matte paint finish uses a very different coating that actually defuses the light, which provides it its unique “flat” finish.

Your Paint Finish and Your Warranty

  • The Paint Warranty that your 2019 Genesis model includes: Paint repairs are covered for the first 36 months from the date of original retail delivery or date of first use or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first. See your “Owner’s Handbook and Warranty Information” booklet for more details.
  • Please note that while the standard Genesis paint warranty applies to defects in material and/or workmanship, it doesn’t cover the vehicle’s matte finish surface appearance. Maintaining the matte appearance is solely the responsibility of the vehicle owner.

Matte Paint General Maintenance Tips

In order to enjoy your Genesis’ matte appearance for many years, please follow the below owner care and maintenance tips.

Matte Paint Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do not use wax, detail spray, ArmorAll or any products that’re made for normal paint. Use only specific products developed for a matte paint finish.
  • 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 car wash 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 the 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 an alcohol-based window cleaner for basic surface clean-up.

Spot Cleaning Matte Paint

The preferred method for removing dirt and debris is pressure washing, but for those times when you need to do a quick spot cleaning to remove tree sap or road debris before it causes damage to the finish, follow the below recommendations.

Professional Tip: Always test products in a hidden area before using them in a visible area.

Spot Cleaning Equipment/Supplies

  • Alcohol-based window cleaner (not vinegar or ammonia-based), matte paint cleanser, a solution of 50% alcohol/50% deionized water
  • Tar remover or road debris solvent, if needed
  • Microfiber soft cloth suitable for matte paint

General Spot Cleaning Procedure

  1. Apply window cleaner or matte paint cleaner to cloth and surface to be cleaned; do not wipe a dry towel on paint finish – a dry towel will damage the finish
  2. Soak the spot and allow it to soften
  3. Lightly wipe the surface in a light forward and backward motion; avoid circular motions, which can leave swirls in the finish
  4. Rinse with water so cleaning product does not stay on the finish
  5. Repeat, if necessary

How to Remove Natural Stains and Road Debris

  1. Spray the stained area with water to remove any loose debris
  2. Spray the area with an alcohol-based window cleaner, matte paint cleanser, or a solution of 50% alcohol/50% deionized water
  3. Spray cleaning product on a damp microfiber sponge or microfiber towel
  4. Wipe car finish lightly to remove debris
  5. Dry with damp microfiber soft cloth

How to Remove Tar or Tree Sap

  1. Spray the affected area with water to remove any loose debris
  2. Dampen remaining debris with tar remover and allow it to soak
  3. Apply tar remover to a damp microfiber towel
  4. Wipe car finish lightly to remove debris; let the solvent do the work, minimizing rubbing
  5. Once the debris is removed, wash with matte paint finish soap, using a damp microfiber cloth, then rinse well with water
  6. Dry with a clean, damp microfiber cloth

Professional Tip: Saturate the microfiber towel with tar remover and place on the debris to soak for five (5) minutes before washing.

Washing Your Matte Painted Car, Truck or SUV

For best results, hand wash your matte-painted car, truck, or SUV. For handwashing, park your vehicle in a cool, shaded area, out of direct sunlight. Read the below procedures thoroughly and prepare your equipment and supplies first, before soaping up the car.

Pre-Wash Your Car

Inspect the car for areas with heavy soiling or spots and, if necessary, treat these areas first, before washing the entire vehicle.

Professional Tip: Always test your cleaning products in a hidden area before using them in a visible area.

Pre-Wash Equipment/Supplies

  • Tar remover, wax remover, or other solvents suitable for the type of debris on the paint
    • Optional: Prewash or heavy soil remover for matte paint
  • Hose and sprayer with a shut-off nozzle
    • Optional: Pressure washer with a fan tip and pressure less than 2500 psi
  • Microfiber cloth

Pressure Washing

  • Pressure washing (with pressure no greater than 2500 psi) is the best way to remove heavy soiling before washing your vehicle. Use a fan tip and hold it at least 10 inches from the paint.
  • For more stubborn stains, see the Spot Cleaning section above and follow the procedures to remove any spots on your vehicle’s finish prior to washing it.

Washing Your Car

Equipment/Supplies Needed:

  • Car wash soap made specifically for matte paint
  • Soft car wash mitt, wash pad or microfiber sponge
  • Hose and sprayer with a shut-off nozzle
  • Chamois cloth, for drying
  • Optional: Pressure washer with a fan tip and pressure less than 2500 psi, held at least 10 inches from the paint
  • Two buckets with dirt separators (grit guards) at the bottom


If you plan to clean the wheels, be sure to do this before washing the car. Use a product developed for cleaning coated alloy wheels and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Professional Tip: Don’t use the same wash mitt used to wash your matte finish to clean the wheels. Use separate microfiber cloths. Taking care not to get any wheel cleaner on your matte finish – if this happens, wash and rinse this area immediately.

Wash Procedure

  1. Pre-rinse the car with a hose or pressure washer to cool it and to remove large pieces of dirt that can scratch the paint. Keep the hose handy for frequent rinsing.
  2. Prepare one bucket (with dirt separator grid at the bottom) with matte paint car wash solution and water, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  3. Fill a second bucket with clean water for rinsing the wash mitt. Your strategy when washing the car will be to put only a clean mitt into the wash solution. Therefore, you will always rinse the mitt first.
  4. Soak the wash mitt in the wash solution and wash the vehicle lightly, working in small sections from the bottom to the top.
  5. Wash a section, then use the hose to rinse the soapy section of the vehicle completely before moving to another section.
  6. Continue washing each section and repeat the rinse, wash and rinse steps until the car is clean.

Professional Tip: Keep the clean sections wet as you finish the next section. This thoroughly rinses any remaining soap residue and prevents water spots from forming.

Drying Your Car

For best appearance, use a clean damp chamois, sponge cloth, or microfiber towel to dry your vehicle before it air dries. If the paint surface is starting to air dry, dampen the areas that you’re not drying.

Professional Tip: Do not allow paint surface to air dry. Air drying will allow water spots to form.

Matte Finish Protection

Treating your matte finish paint regularly with paint protection products such as Swissvax Opaque Matte Paint Wax made specifically for matte paint and Dr. Beasley’s Matte Paint and Sealant will protect the finish, make it easier to keep clean, and prevent water spots from forming.

Be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. As always, test the product first in a hidden area.

Apply the product evenly with a minimum of wiping to prevent burnishing the matte finish.

Professional Tip: Use a light forward-and-back wiping motion. Don’t wipe in a circular motion; this can leave swirls on your matte paint finish.