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Cautionary Tale: Matte Wrap/Graphics

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From GM's TechLink, a caution on how NOT to maintain the matte graphics. As their site says, "TIP: Do NOT polish or wax the graphic. Using polish, wax or any solvent-containing products will discolor the graphic."

This cautionary note is for the hood stripe on the 1LE Camaro, but could well apply to all matte graphics. BWM similarly cautioned every purchaser of its M3 matte finish cars. Would this not apply to all cars which have a matte wrap on part or whole?

As TechLink further notes: "The hood graphic on the 2013-2014 Camaro with the 1LE package is a matte black graphic manufactured and warranted by 3M. (Fig. 13) To maintain the appearance of the graphic, hand washing or a touchless car wash is recommended."

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Worth noting also that this will not apply to the Stingray Stinger stripe or the full length stripes for the 2014 Corvette. These particular LPO options are made with an automotive grade painted surface and topped with an automotive grade clear coat. They can be treated the same way one would treat the paint and clearcoat on the car. Of course, this does not apply to any of the aftermarket vinyl stripes that will inevitibly pop up in the coming weeks.
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